Teeth Whitening

Over time, the teeth naturally tend to lose their natural whiteness. Plus, regular consumption of coffee, tea, soda, or wine can contribute to staining and further discoloration of the teeth. No one wants to have a smile that is anything but bright, white, and beautiful. Fortunately, a professional teeth whitening treatment is available to Decatur, Huntsville, and Madison, Alabama patients. After just one quick office visit, patients can leave with a radiant, white smile.

Our cosmetic dentists use the revolutionary Zoom!® Whitening system and the amazing DenMat Sapphire® Whitening system, which are both safe and effective in dramatically enhancing the smile. Our office will advise you on which system will give you the best individual results.  If you are interested in refreshing the smile to look healthy and beautiful again, contact our Decatur, Huntsville, or Madison practice to learn more about teeth whitening today.

Teeth Whitening Procedure

The first step in the process involves a one-on-one consultation with one of our talented cosmetic dentists. We will discuss your aesthetic concerns and evaluate your case to determine the best course of action for meeting your needs. The teeth whitening treatment is simple and can be completed in just one office visit that goes as follows:

  • A protective shield is placed over the patient's lips and gums.
  • The extra-strength Zoom!® or Sapphire® Whitening gel is coated onto the surface of the teeth.
  • A special activating light is applied to the teeth for several 15-30 minute sessions, while the patient relaxes comfortably in the chair listening to music or watching TV.
  • The gel is rinsed from the teeth, and the patient can leave with his or her new glowing smile.

Candidates for Teeth Whitening

The best way to learn whether teeth whitening treatment is right for you is to meet with one of our skilled cosmetic dentists. Ideal candidates include individuals who have stains or discoloration due to:

  • Coffee, tea, soda, or wine consumption
  • Aging
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Certain medications, such as tetracycline
  • Over-fluoridation
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Trauma

Patients should have relatively healthy teeth and gums, and be free from any serious conditions, like gum disease. Additionally, restorations cannot be whitened, therefore, if a patient is going to have restorations placed, he or she should have the teeth whitened first. For more serious cases of staining, or if discoloration is unresponsive to whitening treatments, the dentist may recommend another cosmetic treatment, like porcelain veneers.

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

The primary benefit of Zoom!® or Sapphire® teeth whitening treatment is obvious - a white smile is a beautiful smile. Additional benefits include:

  • Procedure is quick - completed in one office visit
  • Proven safe and effective
  • Enhance self-confidence
  • Results are instantly noticeable
  • Look younger and healthier overall
  • Long-lasting results

Risks or Side Effects of Teeth Whitening

As with all cosmetic treatments, it is important to be aware of any risks or side effects. Fortunately, there are no serious risks associated with teeth whitening. Whitening treatments of the past used to cause temporary tooth sensitivity. However, with the advanced whitening systems we use today, patients experience very little sensitivity, if any. Younger patients are more likely to have sensitivity and our office uses special methods to minimize this. Drinking plenty of clear fluids and a mild pain-reliever can help.

While teeth whitening is effective and results are long-lasting, the teeth can become discolored or stained again with continued use of staining products. However, if this occurs, there is no problem with coming back to our office for another treatment.

Learn More about Teeth Whitening

If your teeth aren't quite as brilliant as they maybe once were, it's time to make a change. A brighter, whiter smile can make a significant improvement in the way your smile looks, and in how you feel. To learn more about teeth whitening, contact our Decatur, Huntsville, or Madison dental practice today.