Safety Measures During Teeth Whitening Treatment

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Many of us would like a better looking, brighter smile. This can be achieved by eliminating the extrinsic dental stains caused by highly pigmented foods and drinks. There are many whitening treatments advertised today, some simpler looking than others. But it is important to remember that safety is important during this process.

Our expert in tooth whitening in Los Angeles stresses the importance of professional treatments, or ones at least recommended by your professional dentist. During a whitening appointment at our office, we will protect the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth with a plastic guard. This is needed because the gel and activating light are abrasive and can damage soft areas. We are also sure to use just the right amount of whitening gel. Too much can cause the elimination of too much dental enamel, which leads to tooth sensitivity and damage.

We may recommend an at-home kit as opposed to an in-office one. It is important to follow the instructions of the kit provided, in order to prevent any negative effects or results. Be sure to not over-use the materials and whiten too much, too often, as this can also lead to damage.

To learn more about the safety measures taken during teeth whitening treatment, talk to our dentist today.

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How to Keep the Teeth Clean After Teeth Whitening

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The only approved way to brighten the smile and eliminate extrinsic dental stains is through teeth whitening treatment. Our dentist offers several different types of tooth whitening to our patients, to ensure they are confident in showing off their smile.

Our dentist will apply a liquid or gel directly to each tooth, and activated with a special light or laser. This will abrade the teeth in order to remove extrinsic stains. Some treatments offer results up to eight shades brighter, however some patients may return for another to get to the level of brightness they desire.

There are some ways that patients can ensure their smile stays white after their whitening appointment. Our dentist recommends avoiding certain foods and drinks that are highly pigmented. This includes berries, pasta sauce, hard candies, and chocolate, as well as tea, coffee, energy drinks, and dark sodas. Bad lifestyle habits will also be harmful to the look of the teeth, such as smoking tobacco. Naturally, cleaning the teeth by brushing and flossing is vital for removing left over food debris and bacteria.

For more information about how to keep the teeth bright, or recommendations on whitening products, talk to our dentist before or during your whitening appointment.

Teeth Whitening and Celebrities

paparazziWhat are some things you envy about celebrities today? Chances are one of those things is the brilliant and impressive smiles you see them show off on red carpets. Here’s a secret: those smiles didn’t come easy. All of the celebrities of today have undergone some level of dental work. If you are looking to get a smile like theirs, there is one treatment that can get you on your way.

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that works to eliminate extrinsic stains and discolorations. These are often contacted by eating and drinking highly pigmented foods and drinks, such as berries, tea, and coffee. Some lifestyle habits, such as smoking, can also affect the brightness of the smile. These pigments get into the pores of the teeth beneath the enamel, and create an unhealthy, aesthetically displeasing look.

Fortunately, our teeth whitening dentist can eliminate these stains quickly with the right treatment. For example, Zoom whitening is a simple process that takes less than an hour in the dentist’s chair. It utilizes a safe whitening gel that is activated by a special dental laser. Afterwards, patients may notice their smile is as much as eight shades brighter.

If you are interested in getting a smile matches those seen on movie sets, talk to our Los Angeles whitening expert today.

Steps in Zoom Whitening

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Zoom is a relatively new teeth whitening treatment that many patients are asking about today. The following is information about the steps involved with Zoom whitening, which may help you understand the process better, and give you some ideas about how to prepare for your appointment with our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist.

Step one: Preparation

Patients should be aware that the Zoom treatment takes an hour to an hour and a half to complete. It will begin with an exam by our expert to ensure that no serious dental or oral health issues need to be addressed beforehand. It may be recommended that patients have their teeth cleaned first. This will remove some surface stains and calculus, which will make a noticeable difference in the results, not to mention make sure your teeth are as clean and healthy as possible.

Step two: Whitening

Our expert in Zoom Whitening in Beverly Hills will place a protective guard over the lips and other soft tissues in order to prevent damage from the materials used. They will then apply a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to the teeth, which is activated by the Zoom laser. Together they work to eliminate surface stains and brighten the smile. There will be three fifteen-minute sessions.

Step three: Results

Patients will notice their teeth up to eight shades brighter by the end of the appointment. The longevity of the results is highly dependent on the cleaning practices and teeth-healthy diet of each patient.

What You Should Consider about Teeth Whitening

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There are risks and rewards to teeth whitening. Cosmetic dentistry is always about reasonable expectations. Do not declare yourself a candidate without knowing what set of teeth whitens best, and which whitening service you should choose.

First of all, you can whiten your teeth yourself. But our teeth whitening dentist in Northridge advises you to do so under supervision. Over-the-counter whitening results are a mixed bag of results, and you can harm your teeth with improper dosages.

In-office whitening with products like Zoom is perhaps the best way to whiten. The average session only lasts about 45 minutes, and sometimes you can add up to nine shades of brightness.

This kind of whitening is successful in about 90 percent of patients. The 10 percent fail rate is largely due to patients whose teeth were stained gray or brown, or who previously got veneers or bonding. Gray or brown stains typically do not respond to whitening, and veneers and bonding are essentially whitening procedures already.

As far as side effects, the most common is increased sensitivity—informally known as “zingers”. This effect is short-term, and the specialist can halt the session until it subsides.

For more about teeth whitening, contact our cosmetic dentist in Northridge.

Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?

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Teeth whitening should not hurt if performed properly. However, some people can develop something called bleaching sensitivity when undergoing a peroxide-based bleaching session. Bleaching sensitivity can occur in healthy teeth, and is typically short-lived and self-limiting. You can reduce your risk of bleaching-related sensitivity by using desensitizing toothpaste in the days leading up to your whitening treatment, and getting a fluoride treatment after your procedure. Some patients might also benefit from prescription fluoride toothpaste. If necessary, limit hot and cold foods and beverages to avoid stimulating your teeth more than necessary until the sensitivity has receded.

Pain can occur if you whiten while having untreated dental problems. This is most likely to occur with over-the-counter whitening products that you apply without having a dental checkup first. The bleaching gel or solution can access exposed dentin through a cavity or damaged restoration, and activate the nerve endings in the pulp. This can trigger severe pain and lead to irreversible pulp damage. For this reason, we recommend scheduling a routine dental exam and cleaning before undergoing any whitening treatment. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our teeth whitening doctor in Los Angeles.