Though it might seem like a minor problem, discolored teeth can make you self-conscious and afraid to smile, especially if staining is extreme. Not being able to smile freely can have a detrimental effect on your quality of life, making it difficult to enjoy yourself or relax in any given situation. Fortunately, the wide range of teeth whitening options available today mean that no one has to settle for a less than perfect smile. Call
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Several factors can lead to discolored teeth, many of which can be easily controlled or corrected. Among the most common causes of tooth discoloration is:
- Foods and beverages, especially fruit juices, berries, tea and coffee
- Natural wear and tear
- Injury to the tooth
Foods, beverages, and smoking stains in particular are easily treated with teeth whitening, because they cause what is called extrinsic staining. This means that the staining is limited to the outer surfaces of the teeth. Teeth whitening procedures are very effective at correcting this type of discoloration.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Most whitening systems use a whitening agent that is painted onto or otherwise applied to the surface of the teeth. The agent is left for a specific amount of time, and then is removed. Some whitening techniques require multiple applications, while others can lighten the teeth by several shades in a single office visit.
The basic approaches to teeth whitening include:
- Traditional in-office professional whitening
- Zoom! Advanced Power teeth whitening done in-office
- KöR Teeth Whitening
- At-home professional whitening
- Over-the-counter, at-home treatment
While over-the-counter whitening is a popular option, it is not as effective or as long lasting as professional teeth whitening performed by or prescribed by a cosmetic dentist like Dr. Michael Firouzian. The whitening agents used in the office are more powerful than those available in your local grocery store, and typically lighten teeth seven to ten shades after a single one-hour whitening session.
With our new 3D printer, we can even produce whitening trays for you in-house, and you don’t have to bite down into a tray of impression material. We just literally wave a wand over your teeth and send the image to your printer, which produces the trays right then and there.
Third Generation Zoom! Teeth Whitening
The Third Generation Zoom! Advanced Power In-Office Whitening System is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It’s safe, effective and fast–very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. Third Generation Zoom! Advanced Power Whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of Third Generation Zoom! Advanced Power in comparison to days of wearing trays and gradual whitening makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.
The procedure is simple and painless. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. We then apply the proprietary Third Generation Zoom! Advanced Power Whitening Gel, which is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedures. You’ll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure.
To learn more about our teeth whitening services, visit our Questions About Teeth Whitening page.