Do you want brighter teeth that you can proudly display to the world? Cosmetic Dentist Mitchell Pohl offers various teeth bleaching methods that he performs personally at his office in Boca Raton.
Our office is proud to offer the radically new “Zoom!” in-office tooth whitening system that uses a full-mouth bleaching light combined with a revolutionary 25% Hydrogen Peroxide light-activated gel to lighten teeth six to ten shades in about an hour.
Is bleaching for you?
Generally, bleaching is successful in at least 90 percent of patients, though it may not be an option for everyone. Consider tooth bleaching if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea, or smoking.
Teeth darkened with the color of yellow, brown, or orange respond better to whitening. Other types of gray stains caused by fluorosis, smoking or tetracycline are lightened, but results are not as dramatic. If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, or teeth with worn enamel, your dentist may discourage bleaching.
The Zoom! Technology
Zoom! is the culmination of extensive research into light technology, chemical reaction to light and years of traditional tooth whitening experience.
Combining this proprietary light technology (specially designed for tooth whitening) with a specifically formulated hydrogen peroxide gel in a two-part delivery system results in a tooth whitening system that significantly reduces the time it takes to achieve dramatically whiter teeth.
Zoom Advanced Power Now Available
The Advanced Power Zoom whitening product line has recently undergone new substantial improvements and has replaced the older Zoom! 2 technology. The advanced Zoom product is more powerful and effective than ever.
There are other competitive one-hour whitening systems on the market, such as Brite Smile, and Rembrandt’s Virtuoso Lightening System; however, Doctor Pohl feels that Zoom! is the best. It was developed by the leader and pioneer in whitening products, Discus Dental, and is the most complete tooth whitening system available today.
The Zoom! system is very fast compared to other teeth whitening systems. In just over one hour your teeth will be dramatically whiter. Zoom! is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results without the inconvenience of wearing trays. It’s the perfect choice for the busy individual.
The proprietary light technology and light-activated gel were scientifically designed to work together for faster in-office whitening and reduced sensitivity.
How long does it last?
Lightness should last from one to five years, depending on your personal habits such as smoking and drinking coffee and tea. At this point, you may choose to get a touch-up. This procedure may not be as costly because, in most cases, you can still use the same mouthguard. The retreatment time also is much shorter than the original treatment time.
How does it work?
There are two options available for bleaching one’s teeth. One option is called at-home bleaching and the other is an in-office procedure. For at-home bleaching, impressions are taken of the teeth and custom trays are carefully fabricated to closely adapt to the teeth.
A bleaching gel is applied to the inside of the custom-fitted trays which are generally worn from 1-3 hours. The active ingredient in most of the whitening agents is carbamide peroxide (CH4N2O2), also known as urea peroxide; when water contacts this white crystal, the release of hydrogen peroxide lightens the teeth. Carbamide peroxide is dispensed in varying concentrations ranging from 10%-20%. There are also hydrogen peroxide-based at-home gels that are dispensed in a dual-barrel dispenser which mixes and activates the gel.
How long does it take?
The at-home system could take as long as two weeks to fully bleach the teeth or it could be as little as three days. The in-office system takes just over an hour. Which system is right for you is an individual decision. Some patients desire immediate results and do not want the inconvenience of trays and gels over a period of time. Whichever system you choose, the end result is the same.
Is it safe? Any side effects?
Several studies, during the past five years, have proven bleaching to be safe and effective. The American Dental Association has granted its seal of approval to some teeth bleaching products. Some patients may experience slight gum irritation or tooth sensitivity, which will resolve when the treatment ends.
What are realistic expectations?
No one can really predict how much lighter your teeth will become. Every case is different. Typically, there is a two-shade improvement as seen on a dentist’s shade guide. The success rate depends upon the type of stain involved and your compliance. Bleaching can only provide a shift in color from gray to a lighter shade of gray, for example. Bleaching does not lighten artificial materials such as resins, silicates, or porcelains.
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