Everything You Wanted to Know About Whitening Your Teeth

December 17, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts

Your smile plays a pivotal part in the way people perceive you. Whether you’re smiling for a family photo or hoping to make a good impression on a first date, your teeth communicate a lot about you. Many people are self-conscious about their teeth for a number of reasons, but particularly because they believe they are not white enough. That is why a lot of our patients ask about teeth whitening in Phoenix, AZ.

What causes teeth to become discolored?

The short answer? Life. As you age, your teeth become discolored. Also, consuming certain foods and drinks will leave long-lasting stains on your teeth. There are other causes of tooth discoloration, such as tobacco usage, various medications, chemotherapy or radiation or tooth injury or trauma.

What is the process for whitening teeth?

Worried that getting your teeth whitened might hurt, or that your teeth will look unnaturally white afterward? Luckily, with Zoom Whitening and our other in-office and take-home solutions, your whitening treatment is personalized to achieve your smile goals.

The fastest method for teeth whitening in Phoenix, AZ is Zoom Whitening. This process requires a patient to spend one to two hours in our office having a special gel applied to the teeth while a hygienist uses a special laser to remove stains. The specialized gel is applied in 15-minute increments, removed and reapplied for the best results. You are sent home with whitening trays to continue boosting the brightness of your smile after the appointment.

Zoom Whitening is not for everyone, depending on your budget as well as the condition of your teeth. If you aren’t a good Zoom Whitening candidate, our dental team can perform other whitening procedures in our office to give you the teeth you’ve always wanted.

If you would prefer to whiten your teeth at home, that is also an option. Unlike over-the-counter kits that you buy at the pharmacy or online, our take-home whitening solutions are custom-fitted for your teeth. We provide you with specific instructions that are meant just for you to properly apply the treatment at home without damaging your teeth. You then visit us for a follow-up appointment to discuss any adjustments you’re interested in pursuing.

Why work with a dentist to whiten your teeth?

Yes, it will cost you less to buy whitening strips, whitening pens, DIY UV kits, oil pulling or other over-the-counter products. Don’t be fooled by the lower price tag and all of the hype. These products can do much more than just cause irreparable damage to your teeth. Other terrible side effects include stomach problems, oral infections, gum shrinking, tooth sensitivity and enamel issues. Plus, these so-called whitening solutions don’t guarantee results. In fact, if these products do yield any results, they are uneven at best. Instead of wasting your hard-earned money on over-the-counter whitening kits, tools and devices, invest in a smile for the ages with a professional in-office or at-home treatment from a trusted dentist.

Ready to make an investment in your smile? Call Modern Smiles Family Dentistry to learn about your options for teeth whitening in Phoenix, AZ. We’ll discuss the treatment that makes the most sense for you and schedule your appointment.

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