As your Longmont teeth whitening specialist, we can brighten your smile. Even if you take great care of your teeth, stains can develop over time. Therefore, most people can benefit from a professional whitening.
In addition to performing Zoom whitening in our Longmont office, we also offer custom trays for home use. Not only does professional tooth whitening make a huge impact in your appearance, but it’s one of the most cost-effective cosmetic procedures in dentistry.
Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?
Many factors can cause your teeth to become discolored. This can include drinking coffee, eating acidic foods, and taking certain medications. After you get your teeth whitened you will still consume things that cause tooth discoloration. Therefore, teeth whitening is not permanent, and your teeth will typically stay bright white for a few years after getting them whitened.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to make your teeth stay white longer. For example, if you drink coffee in the morning, it’s better to drink it over a short period, rather than sipping it over a few hours. Since the coffee is acidic, you will have more less discoloration with a smaller duration of exposure.
In addition to watching what you eat and drink, oral hygiene is important as well. Brushing and flossing every day along with seeing a dentist for dental exams and cleanings will make a big difference.
Will Teeth Whitening Hurt?
Hydrogen peroxide is the primary active ingredient in tooth whitening gels. If your teeth are sensitive to peroxide, then you may have some discomfort while your teeth are being whitened. Plus, your teeth may feel sensitive when consuming items that are very hot or cold. Luckily, being sensitive to hot or cold products is temporary and will go away within a few days of the whitening procedure.
Why see a Dentist for Teeth Whitening?
There are several options for whitening your teeth from home. This can include store purchased whitening strips or gels. Although these are less expensive than having a dentist professionally whiten your teeth, there are several disadvantages.
Both at home whitening kits as well as professional whitening in a dental office use hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient. However, the at home kits have a much lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide. The reason they have a lower concentration is the trays are not custom fitted. Since the trays aren’t custom fitted, it means some of the gel will encounter your gums causing irritation.
If you see a dentist for teeth whitening, you will either get fitted with a custom tray or get Zoom Whitening. Both methods ensure that you won’t’ get whitening gel on your gums. Therefore, as a dentist we can use gel with a higher percentage of hydrogen peroxide. And this means a better experience, faster results, and less discomfort.
What Teeth Whitening Services do we Offer?
Zoom Teeth Whitening
This option offers instant gratification. With only one whitening session in our Longmont office, you’ll be able to get a much brighter smile.
The process starts with us applying a hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth. After that is applied, we use a special lamp that helps the whitening process. After about 90 minutes, you will be able to walk out of our office with a much brighter smile.
Custom Fitted Whitening Trays
Custom whitening trays will require two appointments. During the first appointment we will take a 3D scan of your teeth using our iTero scanner. After the scan is complete, we will have custom fitted whitening trays created. These trays will fit your teeth perfectly and not allow any of the whitening gel to encounter your gums.
The second appointment will be to try on the trays to confirm they fit properly. After this appointment, you can take the trays home along with the whitening gel.
What Teeth Whitening Method is Right for Me?
Most of our patients decide to go with Zoom over custom fitted trays. Zoom is a better choice for most people as it takes less time to get white teeth and there is less discomfort as there are less applications. Typically, the only time we create custom fitted whitening trays is if you have already had Zoom and want to do a touch up.
Why Get Your Teeth Whitened at Longmont Dental Loft?
Dr. Hedrick has been whitening her patient’s teeth for years with amazing results. Although she can’t guarantee that you won’t have pain or discomfort, she can help minimize it while achieving a much brighter smile.