Plano Cosmetic Dentist Brightens Smiles with Teeth Whitening
Take a look at any young child’s smile and you’ll now just how white yours used to be. But with the passage of time, white teeth are hard to maintain. And you may not be the only one to notice. Studies show that a smile is often the first characteristic people see when they meet you. Therefore, having the best looking smile possible is advantageous in both professional and social settings. At Parkway Vista Dental, we offer in-office teeth whitening with Zoom! and a take-home system so you can choose the treatment that works best for your schedule and your wallet.
Why Aren’t My Teeth White Anymore?
There are lots of reasons why teeth darken over the years, but the leading cause is the food and beverages you enjoy everyday. Unfortunately, that cup of coffee comes with benefits—a morning jolt of energy—and drawbacks, like the stains on your teeth. The tannins in coffee can buildup in the ridges of tooth enamel, the hard outer surface that protects your teeth and gives your smile its beautiful sheen. Other things that stain teeth include red wine, Coca-Cola, tomato sauce and blueberries. Chances are if the food is richly colored, then it’s leaving behind residue that stains.
Other factors that might stain or discolor your teeth include:
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
- The antibiotic tetracycline and some chemotherapy treatments
- Micro-cracks in your teeth that hide particles of food
- Teeth grinding and clenching, which can darken the biting surfaces of your teeth
- Your own genetics that dictate the color and opacity of your teeth
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-the-Counter
Dozens of teeth whitening products are sold in grocery stores and pharmacies. Do they whiten teeth? Yes. Are they as reliable and effective as the professional products that your cosmetic dentist in Plano uses? No. First of all, as a dental professional, Dr. Kamalican safely use products that have a higher concentration of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide—the main whitening ingredient—than those sold in stores. Secondly, these ingredients are more efficacious when they’re fresh, and there’s really no telling how long store products have been sitting on the shelf.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening
If you have a special occasion coming up on the calendar or simply want the fastest results possible, then choose our in-office treatment that uses the Zoom! Teeth Whitening system. The whitening gel applied to your teeth is activated and the bleaching process is hastened with a special LED light. The initial treatment only takes 15 minutes, and we can reapply if you’d like your teeth to be even whiter.
For a more gradual approach to whitening, Dr. Kamali may recommend our take-home system. With this, we’ll create custom-fitted mouth trays that keep the bleaching solution on your teeth and saliva out, so you achieve results that are similar to our in-office treatment. This system is also great for touch-ups after Zoom! In-Office Teeth Whitening.