Teeth whitening may be more popular than ever, but it’s not a new fascination. As long ago as ancient Egypt, people mixed wine vinegar with crushed pumice in an effort to brighten their teeth.
What if you could get the dazzling smile you’ve wanted in a single one-hour treatment? This is now a possibility thanks to an innovative procedure now available at Altamonte Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry.
At present, the market for over-the-counter whitening solutions well over $11 billion a year. The results from these products vary greatly, though some can be quite costly – especially if you feel that you need to use them repeatedly to attempt to achieve the results you envision.
Like any number of other cosmetic issues, time is a primary factor in the loss of tooth whiteness. The interior of the tooth, known as the dentin, yellows over time. At the same time, tooth enamel, the outer protective layer of your tooth, thins.
If you’re fond of beverages such as coffee, tea, dark-colored sodas, or red wine, these can stain your teeth. Smoking can also have a significant impact. It’s not surprising that the shine of your teeth could dim as the years pass. What may surprise you, however, is how much you can do to turn back time and regain a brilliant youthful smile.
The level of whiteness of your teeth is a cosmetic issue, not a medical one. But don’t forget that your teeth are actually alive. Whitening your teeth is far different than cleaning the porcelain in a stained sink! It is not a good idea to get your teeth whitened in a shopping mall, on a cruise ship, or in any setting in which a licensed dentist is not supervising the treatment you are receiving.
Aside from the fact that you may have a dental issue that needs attention that will not be noticed (or possibly aggravated), it’s unlikely that anyone who is not a dentist will really understand whether aspects of the service they are providing are truly safe – or provide the expected results.
Dentists began to offer whitening services in the 1980s. There’s probably no one reason whitening has become the most commonly-requested dental cosmetic procedure. We certainly live in world that is more awash than ever in images of brilliant white teeth, whether on billboards, on television, in movies or countless other media outlets.
It’s also true that whitening techniques have become more and more effective and within reach for more and more Americans. If there’s any trend to predict, the popularity and demand will only continue to grow.
Altamonte offers teeth whitening with the Zoom! teeth whitening system. This remarkable approach to whitening has grown rapidly in popularity and is now used more than 15,000 dental offices around the world. It has helped millions attain a “movie star” smile that is picture perfect.
A big reason for the popularity of the Zoom! system is that it can brighten your teeth by as many as ten shades in a single one-hour session. That’s a significant contrast to investing weeks or months in costly toothpastes and whitening strips, never really convinced at how much progress you’re making. These products pose a risk of inflaming your gums and can be detrimental in the long run.
As you might imagine, it’s recommended that you receive a conventional tooth cleaning before your Zoom! treatment. This will help you get the best possible result.
The treatment process goes like this:
The dentist applies a whitening agent to your teeth, a gel that contains hydrogen peroxide.
A special halide light is focused on your teeth for 15 minutes. The process of stain removal begins as the gel is activated by the light.
Each of these steps is repeated two more times, in the same sequence.
Now that you’ve got a smile that can light up a room, you can retain your results even longer if you adopt a few best practices. For example:
Brush your teeth and floss twice each day.
Schedule a teeth cleaning once every six months.
The things that stained your teeth in the past can stain them again. To limit this, it’s best to brush your teeth immediately after consuming coffee, tea or red wine.
There are many reasons you should avoid smoking. If keeping your teeth white is the one that finally inspires you to quit, so much the better. Chewing tobacco is an especially bad idea regarding dental and oral health, as well as the risk of staining.
Ask your dentist about a Zoom touch-up kit and learn how to use it.
The color of your teeth is just one part of your overall oral health. As much as this may be where your attention is focused, it’s in your best interest to have a relationship with a dental professional who has a full understanding of what it takes to keep your mouth as healthy as possible for as long as possible.
There’s no dental issue that the specialists at Altamonte have not seen, and no problem that they cannot address with skill and confidence. This extends from the routine services you expect from your dentist to the most advanced surgical techniques.
Hopefully, you won’t need the full range of their skills – but even if you don’t, you would benefit greatly from being in the hands of professionals who have the knowledge and experience to prevent you from ever developing a serious problem.
Brightening your smile is a great first step. Why not make an even deeper commitment to the notion of health that brighter, whiter teeth represent?
The accomplished dentists at Altamonte bring knowledge, intensive training and experience to every interaction with their patients. Dr. Atila Miranda is trained in prosthodontics. This dental specialty focuses on repairing and replacing lost or missing teeth and requires three years of study after a DDS degree is awarded. Prosthodontic specialists regularly lead teams of dental specialists in evaluating patients and planning and executing treatment plans.
His partner, Dr. Don M. Preble, has developed cutting-edge skills as an implant surgeon and implant specialist during 40 years in practice. If you’re in the market for a smile makeover, he has command of the full arsenal of techniques to make sure you achieve your goals – especially teeth whitening.
Get all your questions about teeth whitening answered and find out just how close you are to achieving the brilliant, gleaming smile you want. Schedule a consultation with our experts today.