Teeth Whitening Options in Glendale, AZ

Studies have shown that an attractive smile gives those around you an impression of vitality, confidence, and professionalism, with straight, evenly spaced, white teeth. It’s perfectly natural for our teeth to darken as we age, even with regular brushing and professional dental cleanings, which can dim our smile and change the way others view us. In order to get back the bright white smile of youth, one of the most popular solutions is teeth whitening in Glendale. There are several options available including take-home kits to be applied over several days or weeks, or in-office whitening services like Zoom! Whitening at Aesthetic Dentistry of Arrowhead. You can visit the dentist over your lunch break and return to work the same day with a stunning white smile.

Why Do Teeth Stain?

There are two different categories of tooth stains, intrinsic stains, and extrinsic stains. Intrinsic stains are actually inside the teeth and can’t be removed with an external whitening process. These intrinsic stains are usually caused by a dental procedure such as a root canal or another endodontic procedure that treats the inside of the tooth, leaving behind a gray or blue colored stain. Aninternal tooth bleaching procedure can help remove this discoloration from the inside out.

Extrinsic stains only impact the exterior surface of the teeth, and are typically yellow or brown in color. These common stains can be stripped away by an external peroxide whitening procedure that can frequently be completed in less than an hour.

Stained Tooth

External tooth staining has a variety of causes such as:

  • Colored beverages such as tea, coffee, red wine, and colas
  • Tobacco
  • Aging
  • Insufficient oral hygiene, such as a lack of brushing and flossing
  • Medication staining – common with antibiotics
  • Excessive fluoride
  • Nerve degeneration
  • Trauma
  • Disease
  • Genetics

At your initial appointment in Glendale, AZ, your cosmetic dentist will examine your gums and teeth and explain what options you have available for tooth whitening and what is recommended for you. You may be given the option to go ahead and begin whitening immediately, and you can sit back and listen to music while your stains are removed.

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What Teeth Whitening Options are Available?

If you choose at-home whitening, a mold of your teeth will be taken and you will be supplied with a custom mold that fits perfectly over your teeth, as well as tubes of a professional grade whitening solution and instructions on how to use then. Apply a thin layer of gel to the inside of each tray and wear them as directed. You should notice a difference in your teeth in ten to fourteen days. At-home whitening can give you more control over your tooth whitening process and allow you to decide whether your teeth are white enough or whether you would like to continue whitening for a more brilliant difference.Additionally, barring any major dental alterations, should you wish to touch up your whitening in the future, you should be able to use the same trays and just obtain more whitening solution from your dental office.

If you choose to have your teeth whitened in-office, your lips and gums will be covered before a gel coating is applied to your teeth. This gel is specially formulated to be activated with an ultraviolet light, allowing it to scrub away stains and whiten your teeth in one sitting. In just a single appointment, you can have your bright new smile.

How Effective is Teeth Whitening?

In office whitening services can lighten the your teeth by 10 to 12 shades in a single visit safely and effectively. At-home products allow you to decide how much whitening you desire and provide a more gradual effect, preventing the self consciousness some people can experience by the sudden, dramatic change in their teeth.

Teeth Whitening Options in Glendale, AZ

Should I buy a teeth whitening kit from the drug store?

Drug store kits don’t use the strength of professional grade whitening products and most users will not find themselves satisfied with the results these kits provide. Due to the “One Size Fits All” nature of these kits, users also frequently suffer from irritated soft tissues and gums due to the lack of a customized fit.

When will teeth whitening
not work?

In cases of deep intrinsic stains, teeth whitening products may not be the solution you are looking for. Speak to your dentist about your options, and if a solution like porcelain veneers or cosmetic crowns may not be a better fit for your needs.

How safe is tooth whitening? Are there side effects?

Teeth bleaching is considered to be the safest cosmetic procedure available by many dentists. The only common side effect is a mild sensitivity of the teeth after the whitening procedure. Brush your teeth regularly and wait a few days to see if the discomfort fades. If any pain continues, speak to your dentist to see if there is another problem.

Zoom Whitening

To get immediate whitening results, contact a Glendale dentist about Zoom! Whitening for an in-office bleaching process that uses a special light and whitening gel that contains hydrogen peroxide to remove permanent stains and lighten the discoloration of tooth enamel.

To begin, a protective coating is painted onto the exposed gums and allowed to harden, shielding the gums from the gel and light. The teeth are then coated with the whitening gel, and
a propetary LED light is used to accelerate the chemical reaction taking place in the gel, activating the hydrogen peroxide and penetrating the surface of the tooth.

Using this Zoom! Advanced Whitening light allows your teeth to become as much as eight shades lighter than they started with, increasing the effectiveness of the whitening gel alone by 26%. In-office whitening services are designed to last, but personal habits can re-stain teeth. After treatment, the dentist can provide the patient with a home whitening kit including a tooth tray, and instructions for touch ups.

Ways to help keep your new smile bright

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  • Drink staining beverages through a straw, such as coffee, tea, dark colas, and red wine.
  • Brush your teeth or rinse immediately after drinking beverages that stain.
  • Use a whitening toothpaste to remove surface stains before they become permanent, and to prevent yellowing.
  • Don’t smoke, or chew tobacco, or brush your teeth immediately after
  • Enjoy and show off your newly whitened teeth with a blue or pink based shade of bright lipstick to make your teeth appear even whiter. Avoid brown and orange shades.

People with whiter, brighter teeth have been shown in research to have the appearance of being smarter, more successful, and more attractive. Looking your best can help improve your self-confidence and can have positive emotional and psychological impacts. In-office Zoom Whitening can be done as a single procedure to improve your smile, or as just one step in your overall smile makeover that can include a professional cleaning, dental crowns or Glendale dental implants, braces to straighten and correct your teeth, enamel shaping, and other options.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Greg Ceyhan to discuss what the best options are for your dental health and appearance, and to see if Zoom! Advanced Whitening is the right choice for you.

Glendale White Fillings

What Is A Cavity? & Why Did You Get One?

As is implied by the name, cavities are holes in your teeth that are caused by tooth decay. These holes are created by certain types of bacteria that live in your plaque and create an acidic environment on your teeth when they interact with the carbohydrates in your food. This dissolves the strong, protective enamel on the outside of your teeth, leaving the soft dentin layer exposed to the bacteria, allowing the hole to be created. The rate of decay increases dramatically at this point and spreads deep into the tooth. YOu can frequently see cavities as dark grey or brown spots, which is the eroding area around the hole.

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Why Do I Need A Filling?

It is necessary to treat your cavities because the tooth decay will continue to deteriorate your tooth until it can enter your nerve canal, causing severe pain, infection, abscesses, and may have side effect such as tooth fractures. After having the cavity examined and cleaned by a Glendale dentist, a filling is used to fill the hole and seal it against any new bacteria or debris entering the hole and continuing to destroy your tooth. Should a cavity not be cared for promptly, it can result in the need for a far more complex procedure called a root canal, or you may find yourself needing the entire tooth extracted. A Glendale filling may also be used to fix a chipped tooth, or repair or replace a worn down filling that already existed.

Composite Fillings (Tooth Color Fillings)

When you want to match the filling to your tooth color, composite is the material of choice. Without some of the side effects of metal fillings, such as temperature sensitivity, composite fillings can be made to blend into your teeth and bond solidly to your tooth for long-lasting protection.

Composite fillings are made from plastic and glass particles, and are applied after the tooth has been cleaned and a bonding solution has been placed. The filling material is shaped, then hardened with a few seconds under a high intensity blue light. The filling is then checked for proper shape and look, adjustments as made as necessary, and your filling is complete.

Contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Arrowhead today to learn more about White Fillings.

New Composite Filling Expectations

After your cavity has been filled, it is common to feel a mild discomfort, especially at the site of the anesthetic injection or in the tooth itself. Contact your dentist to see if an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen is appropriate for your situation. If the symptoms persist for more than a few days, contact your dentist about coming in for a followup appointment.

At time, the decay can be very deep and near the nerve of your tooth. Even if the cavity has been cleaned and a filling placed, if any bacteria had already reached the nerve, you may need to undergo Glendale Arizona root canal therapy to relieve your discomfort.

Additionally, be aware that composite filling may change color over time, stain due to drink or personal habits, and can sometime chip away from the tooth.

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