At Dr. Roberts Family Dentistry, we are pleased to offer two teeth whitening options! Call us at 706-494-2679 or schedule your appointment online.
White and bright smiles are confidence boosters but life can get in the way of keeping your teeth sparkling. Between jump-starting a day with a hot cup of coffee in the morning or relaxing with wine in the evening, it can be challenging to avoid foods and beverages that cause teeth stains. Some lifestyle habits such as smoking can also turn teeth yellow.
If you want a brighter smile, there is no shortage of options on the market, including OTC whitening toothpastes, rinses, strips and specially designed toothbrushes.
Each option does vary in price, effectiveness and ease of use. However, the most advanced and effective whitening systems are either done in the office or at home with dentist’s instructions. Results are immediate and dramatic, and because both are dentist-dispensed, you can be sure that the systems are safe and simple to use. At Dr. Roberts Family Dentistry, we offer two teeth whitening options.
Philips Zoom Whitening
Zoom is a bleaching and whitening system that contains a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide. As you relax and sit back in a chair, your dentist will apply a bleaching gel to the teeth in 3 15-minute cycles. Gums are protected during this process. Once the procedure is complete, you are ready to go! There is no downtime or recovery, though your teeth may feel sensitive at first. On average, most patients see their teeth whiten by about 8 shades.
Zoom is also offered as an at-home whitening product. In this case, we will create a custom tray for your teeth and give you the instructions on how to complete the process at home. This is also offered as a touch-up option after the in-office procedure.
Sheer White is a 5-day, at-home system that uses a 20% carbamide peroxide whitening solution. This is a great option for someone with extra teeth sensitivity who may not be able to handle a more powerful treatment. You will be given a kit that contains thin and flexible film strips that are covered with a layer of gel. The strips will easily mold to your teeth when applied and provide a tight seal, without leakage. You can wear the strips for up to 2 hours (30 minutes minimum) and even hold a conversation or have a drink. Some patients choose to have touch ups every 6 to 12 months.
If you are interested in whitening your teeth, keep in mind that you will want to first schedule a regular cleaning to get the teeth ready for the bleaching process.