No one likes a dingy smile. Really. Research cited by the American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry proves it. So, if you'd like to like your smile and have others be favorably impressed, too, ask your friends at Bram Dental in Plainview, NY, about professional teeth whitening. Drs. Mark and Lea Bram offer Zoom! Whitening, an innovative brand that works well and quickly.
Professionally supervised whitening will work faster, and protect sensitive gums and tooth-root surfaces better, than over-the-counter whitening products. Having an oral exam before you begin any whitening process is an important first step to make sure your tooth discoloration is not the result of a dental condition in need of treatment. Also, please be aware that it can be risky to have whitening solutions applied to your teeth by untrained personnel in shopping malls. If you have any questions about which whitening method would be best for you, talk to us first.
Professional Whitening Methods
Professional whitening makes use of high-concentration bleaching gels that are not available over the counter.
In-Office Whitening — This technique offers the fastest results with the most powerful whitening solutions available. First, your gums and tooth-root surfaces will be covered with a protective barrier to ensure your safety. A thin plastic device known as a retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel is applied. The gel will be left on for about an hour. When it is removed, the results will be obvious immediately.
Take-Home Whitening — This is another effective way to whiten your teeth, though you will play a greater role in ensuring the best possible results and several weeks may be needed to achieve your desired level of whiteness. First, a mold of your teeth will be taken and then two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays will be custom-made for you — one for the top teeth and one for the bottom. You will fill the trays with whitening gel and then position the trays over your teeth. The trays are left in usually for about an hour at a time.
Caring for Your
It doesn't happen right away, but after years of smoking, poor oral hygiene and lots of coffee and tea, tooth enamel turns yellow, brown and dull. The result? You just don't want to smile, and that hurts your self-esteem and how others perceive your personality.
If you've tried over the counter whitening products, you know they're ineffective. They may even harm your teeth and gums, making them sensitive. What can you do to remove the organic material embedded in your tooth enamel?
We use Zoom! Whitening
Available as a 45-minute in-office procedure, or in a take-home version, Zoom! Whitening helps many of our patients get back their white smiles. Both versions employ concentrated peroxide gel which powers out the dark organic material contained in the enamel surface.
The in-office version uses a LED light to accelerate the action of the whitening chemical. As such, the office procedure takes just about 45 minutes. You leave the office with a smile brighter by about 10 shades.
The take-home version consists of well-fitting whitening trays. Apply the gel via the trays, wearing them for a specified amount of time daily. In several days, you get the same wonderful results.
Staying white is easy
Brush and floss carefully, and try to limit things that stain your teeth--coffee, soy sauce, sports drinks as examples. Of course, smoking and chewing tobacco are strictly off-limits. See Dr. Bram for a cleaning and exam every six months. You may from time to time need a little whitening touch-up, too.
Come to Bram Dental
Sit down with Dr. Mark Bram or Dr. Lea Bram in their Plainview office for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. They'll tell you if your smile is healthy enough for whitening. If so, your hygienist will clean your teeth and then begin the whitening process.
Professional teeth whitening is exceptionally safe for both hard and soft oral tissues. And, because it's supervised by your dentist, you know you'll achieve results which last.