A smile is one of a person’s biggest assets. A bright, dazzling smile can brighten up any room and make people stop and take notice.
Why let dark or discolored teeth stand in your way? Treat yourself to a little “smile therapy” by whitening your teeth. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments for invigorating your smile. It improves the look of teeth that are stained from wear and tear over time as well as discolored from foods and beverages like red white, coffee, tea and colas.
Other factors that darken and stain teeth include:
- Age – Teeth darken as a result of wear and tear and stain accumulation.
- Smoking – Nicotine can leave brownish deposits that slowly soak into tooth structure and cause discoloration.
- Drugs /chemicals – Tetracycline usage during tooth formation produces dark grey or brown ribbon stains which are very difficult to remove. Excessive consumption of fluoride causes fluorosis and associated areas of white mottling.
- Grinding – Most frequently caused by stress, teeth grinding can add to micro cracking in the teeth and can cause the biting edges to darken.
- Trauma – Falling and other injuries can produce sizable cracks in the teeth, which collect large amounts of stains and debris.
Dr. Farahmand uses two methods of teeth whitening:
- The Zoom! 2 System, a procedure he performs in the office – With Zoom! 2, your teeth will be visibly whiter almost immediately — between eight to twelve shades whiter after just one procedure, which takes about 45 minutes.
- At-home whitening kit — When used as instructed, you can achieve the same great results in one or two weeks, depending on the concentration of the formula and the wear time you choose.
Dr. Farahmand can advise you on which procedure makes the most sense for you. But whichever one you choose, you’ll be happy with the results. Virtually everyone who undergoes a teeth-whitening treatment sees moderate to substantial improvement in the brightness and whiteness of their smile. Teeth whitening is not a permanent solution, however, and requires maintenance or “touch ups” for a prolonged effect.
For many patients, the teeth whitening procedure is just the first step in remaking a smile. Following such a treatment, many patients decide to get porcelain crowns, porcelain restorations, and the application of dental bonding material to improve their appearance. Many teeth that are discolored, cracked, broken, crooked, uneven, or even missing, can be restored with different types of porcelain restorations.