Teeth Whitening FAQs
Why should I go to a cosmetic dentist to whiten my teeth?
It is best to have a cosmetic dentist professionally whiten your teeth because it does not damage your teeth like whitening toothpastes can, and the results are better and longer lasting.
The custom trays that we make for our professional take-home tooth whitening kits ensure better results by keeping the whitening agents in constant contact with your teeth. Tooth whitening packages available at the store do not offer this kind of consistency and therefore are not as effective.
Who is a good candidate for Zoom! tooth whitening?
Most anyone who would like to remove discoloration or stains from his or her teeth, however, some patients’ teeth may be more resistant to tooth whitening and should consult with Dr. Mandy or Dr. Mark prior to treatment. If you are interested in whitening your teeth, you should contact the Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown to schedule your complimentary smile analysis today.
How does tooth whitening work?
The Zoom! tooth whitening system that we use works by applying a light-activated solution to your teeth and leaving it on your teeth until the solution has gently removed any stains or discoloration. This system is ideal for people who need an immediate boost in color as it is completed in about 2 hours, or for those who might not remember or have time to use the home whitening trays every night with the KöR protocol.
The KöR tooth whitening system is the most powerful whitening system available and has the least amount of sensitivity. The materials are preservative-free and the trays are designed with an incredibly precise fit to keep the whitening gel in contact with your teeth throughout the whitening process. If you have the time and diligence to remember to wear the trays nightly for a couple of weeks, you will be amazed at how bright and white your smile can be!
How much whiter will my teeth become?
Our professional KöR take-home tooth whitening kits can whiten many shades whiter if you are compliant with the treatment instructions. This is the ideal selection for even the darkest stained teeth like the tetracycline staining that is otherwise so hard to deal with.
There are many factors that affect tooth whitening results, such as the color of your teeth before treatment and the cause of the discoloration. Because everyone’s teeth respond differently to tooth whitening treatment, it’s impossible to know for certain how many shades whiter your teeth will be after treatment. Dr. Mandy or Dr. Mark can discuss whether or not you are a good candidate during your complimentary initial cosmetic dentistry consultation.
How long do the results of Zoom! or KöR tooth whitening last?
The results should last at least five years, depending on how well you care for your teeth. The at-home tooth whitening trays can be used for touch-ups as needed.
How can I keep my newly whitened teeth stain free?
In addition to getting your teeth professionally cleaned every six months, there are a few rules you can stick to so that you can avoid staining your teeth. The first rule is to drink staining beverages (coffee, tea, dark soft drinks) sparingly. The second rule is to brush your teeth after every meal. And lastly, you should avoid abrasive whitening toothpaste. Instead, we recommend using non-abrasive toothpaste and our custom at-home tooth whitening trays