Patients have become increasingly interested in teeth whitening, but many are going about it the wrong way. If you want to keep your teeth healthy and preserve them for your entire life then you need to be aware of the safe teeth whitening options so you can do what’s best for your oral health. With so many options available now, it’s easy to get confused and select an option that harms your tooth enamel. At Susquehanna Dental Arts, we’re committed to be one of the best teeth whitening dentist offices in Lancaster County and York County PA. Our goal is to give you the whitest smile in the healthiest way.
In Office Teeth Whitening
We use the Zoom! In Office Whitening System here at SDA, which offers our patients a safe, effective, and as the name suggests – fast – way to whiten your teeth. If an important event like a wedding or reunion is coming up, and your teeth are looking like they’ve seen better days, then this hour-long treatment may be the option you are looking for. With an average of 6-10 shades difference, the Zoom! Whitening System is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for a quick and painless change in their smile.
Does Zoom Teeth Whitening Hurt?
The Zoom Tooth Whitening procedure is simple and painless. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The Zoom! Whitening gel is then applied and activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter and sometimes even more.
With so many different options available to help whiten your teeth you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Fortunately, we’ve gathered them all here and will give a brief rundown on each. Even though these typically are safe options, we recommend consulting a dentist before you begin any treatments, especially if you have any oral concerns.
- Whitening Toothpastes & Whitening Gum – At best this option can help you achieve about one shade difference, but it is also one of the cheapest. It is an adequate way to supplement another treatment option.
- Whitening Strips & Gels – Another cheaper alternative to the in-office teeth whitening, the strips and gels utilize a peroxide-based gel with effects last only a few months. Some patients may notice gum irritation, and we encourage you to discontinue use if this occurs. These strips can also cause harm to tooth enamel if used too frequently.
- Whitening Rinses – Once again a peroxide-based solution, whitening rinses may not be quite as effective as the strips and gels since they only are in contact with your teeth for as long as you swirl the mouthwash.
- Whitening Trays – These are similar to a mouth-guard filled with peroxide-based bleach. Often these don’t ideally fit since they aren’t molded to your unique smile, and you can experience an overflow that irritates your gums.
If you’re looking to make your smile as white as possible, you’ve come to the right place. Keep in mind that special considerations should be given to each specific case, since all mouths are different.
What is the Best Teeth Whitening Product?
Depending on the types of stains, whether or not you have veneers or crowns, if you have a sensitive mouth or gums, or if you have a preexisting medical condition, can all affect the recommended treatment for you. Your unique situation helps us determine the best teeth whitening recommendation for you.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
Patients who use our in-office Zoom whitening system typically see the effects of the procedure for one to four years, although with careful maintenance and with a tooth-friendly diet, we’ve seen our tooth whitening procedure last as long as 8 or 9 years.
Other tooth whitening methods can produce varied results, with some teeth whitening methods only lasting a few months up to a few years.
How Often Should You Whiten Your Teeth?
Teeth whitening shouldn’t occur more than once every 3-6 months depending on product strength, age, and other variables.
Can Yellow Teeth Become White?
Yellow teeth can certainly be whitened! When patients use our in-office Zoom tooth whitening procedure, they typically see an average of 6-10 shades improvement in whitening, which is a very noticeable improvement.
Teeth Whitening Costs
Costs for teeth whitening can vary depending on your unique situation and the recommended treatment.
If you are interested in professional teeth whitening and you live in Lancaster County or York County (including Columbia, Wrightsville, Mountville, Lancaster, Hallam, Millersville, and beyond), feel free to contact us today to get started on your journey to a whiter smile!