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Teeth Whitening

No matter how vigilant you are in your daily dental care routine and professional cleanings, it can be difficult to avoid the gradual yellowing of teeth that happens over time. When over-the-counter toothpastes, whitening strips and other treatments don’t seem to make a difference, turn to Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for effective Cary, NC teeth whitening.

Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove any stains and discoloration that builds up over time. Whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look and can be done right in your dentist’s office. Whitening is not a procedure that you only get once, it is something that has upkeep and maintenance. It will need to be done again if you want to maintain the brighter color.

How does it work?

The outer layer of your tooth is called the enamel and the color of the tooth is created by a reflection off the enamel combined with the dentin underneath. The thinner your enamel is, the more dentin that shows through. Everyday a thin coating form over the enamel and picks up stains. The most common reasons for stained or yellowing teeth are tobacco usage, drinking dark-colored liquids like coffee, dark sodas, tea and red wine and not taking good care of your teeth.

There are two main types of whitening procedures: vital whitening which is when the whitening is performed on teeth that have live nerves and non-vital whitening which is done on a tooth that had a root-canal treatment and no longer has a live nerve.

Vital whitening

In vital whitening, a gel containing some form of hydrogen peroxide is applied directly to the tooth surface. This type of tooth whitening can be done in the dentist’s office or at home, but the benefit of having it done in the office is that dentists carry more powerful gels. A specialized light or laser with activate the gel and allows bleaching to happen faster. It will usually take around 1 to 3 appointments in the dentist’s office to get to the white you are looking for. The number depends on the method used, how severe the stains on your teeth are and how white you want your teeth to be.

Non-vital whitening

Vital whitening may not make a difference on a tooth that has had a root-canal treatment because the stain is coming from the inside of the tooth. You dentist will use a different procedure that whitens the tooth from the inside. They will put a whitening agent inside of the tooth and pit a temporary filling over it. The tooth will be left like this for several days and will then be removed. You may only need to have this procedure done once, or can be repeated until the tooth reaches the desired shade.

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry whitening

For a more rapid transformation than a take-home whitening treatment allows, ask us about our Cary, NC Zoom!® teeth whitening services. In just over an hour, the revolutionary Zoom! teeth whitening system can remove years of stains and discoloration caused by food and beverage consumption, leaving you with a smile that is six to 10 shades whiter.

The Zoom! teeth whitening treatment is simple. First, we apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth. Next, a special light is focused on your teeth to help enamel absorb the gel, therefore enhancing the whitening effect. You’ll notice an immediate difference in your smile as soon as your Cary, NC Zoom! teeth whitening treatment is complete.