A bright, flawless smile can make a powerful impression in your workplace. If tooth stains make it difficult for you to smile with confidence, teeth whitening treatments can help. At Dental Arts of Boston, Dr. George Stevens and our team offer effective professional teeth whitening solutions that will restore the aesthetics of your smile. If you’re unhappy with your smile's appearance, you're not alone.
Many people aren't satisfied with how their teeth look and express feeling demoralized with their smiles. Brushing your teeth and flossing efficiently can go a long way toward your oral health. By combining proper oral hygiene with professional teeth whitening, you can boost your self-confidence and have you beaming from ear to ear.
What Is ZOOM! Teeth Whitening?
ZOOM! teeth whitening is a popular dental procedure that utilizes a specialized whitening gel and a dental laser or LED light to enhance the brightness of teeth. The treatment begins with the application of a protective covering over the gums and lips, followed by the application of a hydrogen peroxide-based gel to the teeth. Your Boston cosmetic dentist will then activates the Zoom light or laser, which helps break down stains and discoloration.
This process is repeated for several sessions, resulting in noticeably whiter teeth. It’s important to consult with a dental professional to determine if Zoom teeth whitening is suitable for you and to discuss any potential risks or side effects.
What Causes Our Tooth Discoloration?
Tooth discoloration can occur due to various factors, leading to a less vibrant and less appealing smile. Understanding the causes of tooth discoloration can help in preventing or addressing the issue effectively. Here are some common factors that contribute to tooth discoloration:
Food and Beverages: Certain foods and drinks can cause extrinsic stains on the outer layer of the teeth, known as the enamel. Coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and dark-colored sauces are notorious for causing stains over time.
Tobacco Use: Both smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to yellow or brown stains on the teeth. The chemicals present in tobacco products can penetrate the enamel, resulting in long-term discoloration.
Poor Oral Hygiene: Inadequate brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings can allow plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. These substances can cause the teeth to appear dull and discolored.
Aging: As we age, the outer layer of enamel on our teeth naturally wears away, revealing the yellowish dentin underneath. This can cause the teeth to appear darker or more yellow over time.
Medications: Certain medications, such as tetracycline antibiotics, antihistamines, and high blood pressure drugs, can cause tooth discoloration, especially when taken during tooth development in childhood.
Dental Trauma: If a tooth experiences trauma or injury, it may respond by producing more dentin, which is a darker layer beneath the enamel. This can result in a visible change in tooth color.
It's important to note that tooth discoloration can vary from person to person, and some individuals may be more prone to certain types of staining. If you're concerned about tooth discoloration, it's recommended to consult with our Boston, MA, cosmetic dentist who can provide personalized advice and treatment options to restore the natural brightness of your smile.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Transform Your Smile
At our Boston dental practice, we offer advanced teeth whitening treatments that can truly transform your smile. By brightening the shade of your teeth, you can achieve a more youthful, healthy, and attractive appearance. A radiant smile can boost your self-confidence and leave a positive impression on others, enhancing your overall sense of well-being and happiness.
One of the key advantages of choosing professional teeth whitening under the supervision of our dental experts is the assurance of safe and effective treatment. Unlike over-the-counter whitening products, our professional-grade whitening solutions are carefully formulated to minimize the risks of sensitivity or damage to your teeth and gums. Our team will closely monitor the procedure, ensuring that your oral health and comfort are prioritized throughout the process.
Achieve Quick Results
If you're looking for quick and noticeable results, our in-office teeth whitening option is an excellent choice. With this method, you can experience a significant improvement in the brightness of your teeth after just a single visit to our office. The treatment is designed to deliver natural-looking results, enhancing the whiteness of your teeth without making them appear unnaturally bright or artificial. This allows you to enjoy a beautifully enhanced smile conveniently and efficiently.
Our Whitening Options
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Experience fantastic results with our quick and convenient in-office teeth whitening treatment, which can be completed in under an hour. The process is straightforward and begins with our cosmetic dentist applying a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to your teeth. To activate the gel, a special laser light is used, triggering an oxidation reaction. This reaction helps break down the stained molecules on your teeth, revealing a brighter smile.
Typically, the gel is left on your teeth for approximately fifteen minutes, and the process is repeated as necessary until your desired level of whiteness is achieved. Our professional team will closely monitor the procedure to ensure optimal results and your comfort throughout the treatment.
If you prefer the convenience of whitening your teeth at home, we offer a take-home whitening kit that provides effective results. Our team will provide you with custom-made plastic whitening trays, precisely molded to fit your teeth comfortably. With these trays, you can easily whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.
Using the take-home kit is simple. You’ll be given a whitening gel, which you’ll need to apply to the trays. Then, you'll wear the trays for a specified duration each day, as instructed by Dr. Stevens. The recommended wearing time will depend on the strength of the gel and typically ranges from a few hours to overnight. The gel will work to break down the chemical bonds between stains, resulting in brighter and whiter teeth.
To achieve optimal results, you’ll typically use the take-home trays for up to two weeks. Our team will provide clear instructions and guide you throughout the process to ensure you achieve the desired level of whitening. With our take-home trays, you have the flexibility to whiten your teeth at your own pace and enjoy the benefits of a brighter smile from the comfort of your home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is professional teeth whitening treatment safe?
Yes, professional teeth whitening is considered safe when performed under the supervision of a qualified dental professional. The products used in professional whitening treatments are specifically formulated to minimize risks and protect your oral health.
Can teeth whitening cause tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is a common temporary side effect of teeth whitening. However, with professional treatments, your cosmetic dentist can take steps to minimize sensitivity by using desensitizing agents or adjusting the treatment duration. If you experience sensitivity, consult with your dentist to discuss appropriate measures to alleviate any discomfort.
Will teeth whitening remove all types of stains?
Teeth whitening is most effective at removing extrinsic stains caused by factors like food, drinks, and smoking. However, intrinsic stains, which occur within the tooth structure, may not respond as well to whitening. Examples of intrinsic stains include those caused by certain medications or dental trauma. Your cosmetic dentist can assess the nature of your stains and recommend the most suitable treatment options.
Can I whiten my crowns, veneers, or fillings?
Teeth whitening treatments primarily target natural tooth enamel and may not produce significant changes in the color of dental restorations like crowns, veneers, or fillings. It’s important to consult with your dentist to evaluate the compatibility of existing dental work with teeth whitening procedures.
Achieve a Radiant Smile With Professional Teeth Whitening!
Say goodbye to dental stains and hello to a brighter, more confident smile with our effective whitening treatment. If you think you’d benefit from professional teeth whitening treatment, contact Dental Arts of Boston, MA, today at (617) 266-0441 or visit our office at 26 Marlborough St Dental Suite, Boston, MA, 02116.
You can also request an appointment right here online and schedule a consultation with our restorative dentist, Dr. Stevens. We proudly serve the city of Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Revere, MA, and the surrounding metro area.