Everyone wants pearly white teeth just like the actors they see on the silver screen. However, very few people are born with perfectly white teeth. Even those people who are, must work hard to maintain them. Yellowing teeth used to be considered a part of the natural aging process. Unfortunately, the media and our culture place a particular emphasis on having white teeth as a sign of hygiene and health. This has created a huge demand for teeth whitening procedures across the world. With these treatments, you can have what nature could not give you.
All available whitening systems work to varying extents. However, the tooth whitening procedures that Dr. Zadeh offers are more effective than over-the-counter whitening kits. Our whitening treatments contain professional strength gels. The customized application of the bleach solution by Dr. Zadeh and his staff will get the best results for your teeth. Whether you whiten your teeth with specially made trays molded for your teeth or you have the treatment applied by the dental staff, we provide consistent results. Unlike over the counter tooth whitening kits, which only whiten easily visible surfaces of your teeth, our procedures whiten every surface of the tooth. This ensures that you have even coverage and results that last. With proper care, a tooth whitening treatment combined with custom at-home whitening kits can give you visibly whiter teeth for several years.
Deep Tooth Bleaching for that Perfect White
One of the most popular treatments that Dr. Zadeh offers is the deep bleaching procedure. When you receive a deep bleaching, the teeth are treated to be more permeable to the bleaching solution. A highly concentrated solution is then applied under direct supervision of Dr. Zadeh. You then go home with special trays to continue bleaching your teeth for 10 days. At your second office visit, a more concentrated bleach is applied and the teeth are sealed. Deep bleaching is effective against the most stubborn stains including coffee, tea, soda, and other dark stains, or Tetracycline discolorations that are otherwise thought impossible to remove by ordinary tooth whitening techniques.
Laser Teeth Whitening by ZOOM!
Another option is ZOOM! Laser Tooth Whitening. The ZOOM! Teeth Whitening procedure uses a concentrated peroxide gel that whitens your teeth immediately. Dr. Zadeh applies a special laser-activated gel and in about one hour, your teeth will be several shades whiter. This system is faster than many other whitening procedures and no anesthesia is needed. Often, ZOOM! whitening is combined with a take-home teeth whitening kit to give you the benefits of both systems. The results are immediate and your teeth can maintain their whiteness for years with proper care and routine touch-ups.
There are other laser tooth whitening treatments that are not ZOOM! as well, and can often get the same results and be far more affordable.
Laser Bleaching Process
When undergoing the process of laser bleaching, your teeth are first anesthetized, to make sure that you are relaxed and comfortable. The next step is the application of the bleaching agent and curing, which will pull the stains from your teeth. This process will be repeated several times over the various areas of your mouth over the course of the treatment. To help pass the time, you can choose to watch a movie during the procedure from a selection of hundreds of titles or you can bring your own. As always, your comfort and health are our priority during all treatments.
One of the limiting factors for people who whiten their teeth is the sensitivity that they develop during the process. Even though the bleaching solutions are getting better and the vast majority have been buffered to minimize sensitivity, it is still the major restrictive factor for bleaching the teeth to their maximum extent.
Dr. Zadeh will make sure to examine your teeth and to discuss your expectations of the results before the procedure. Sometimes patients require a few treatments spaced over several months to get their teeth as white as they want. However, there are inherent risks from overbleaching, which include damaging the enamel and the overall health of your teeth. If after several treatments and you or Dr. Zadeh are not pleased with your results, you can opt to look into porcelain veneers to give you that dazzling smile you have always wanted.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits
These offer a great deal of convenience for many patients. These kits can be used in addition to an in-office procedure, maintaining brilliant whiteness between treatments. Using take-home kits is especially helpful if you smoke or drink a lot of staining beverages. Alternatively, you can purchase a take-home whitening kit to use on its own. This method is very popular and many patients swear by it. The best advantage of this system is that you have full control over how white your teeth get. You can then touch them up inexpensively without having to come to the office.
Cautions About Teeth Whitening
As stated above, dazzling white teeth are seen as highly desirable. However, there are a few things you should be cautioned about. While the vast majority of teeth whitening and bleaching treatments are totally harmless to your teeth, overdoing it can have long term negative effects. As there is tremendous pressure to get your teeth whitened regularly, many patients overdo it. This can result in your enamel being weakened, becoming susceptible to decay, damage, and heightened sensitivity. Overbleaching can also increase the translucency of your teeth so much that they take on a bluish hue. However, don’t let these potential risks turn you away from these treatments.
Such cases only occur in very extreme cases involving abusive use of teeth bleaching technology. Overbleaching has been on the rise since mom and pop bleaching stations have appeared in local malls and beauty salons. Less ethical dentists have also seen the whitening treatments as a quick money maker. Ethical dentists will not let you bleach your teeth beyond what is healthy. Furthermore, cosmetic dentists and their staff are the only professionals trained to do your whitening treatments properly and with lasting results. Don’t go for bargain or mall stop bleaching processes. They can damage your teeth and cost you a lot of money in the long run.
Teeth whitening is one of the fastest and most economical ways to improve the appearance of your smile. Call us today at (310) 273-2020 or email our appointment coordinator to set up your appointment and walk out in about an hour with a refreshed, dazzling smile!