Teeth whitening procedures are effective in lightening most stains caused by age, tobacco, coffee and tea. Based on clinical studies, 96% of patients see some lightening effect. The best candidates are those patients with yellow and light brown teeth, stained over a period of years. Darker brown or grayish stains, such as those produced by tetracycline use or fluorosis (too much fluoride), require more specialized techniques. If you have tooth-color fillings, bondingor veneers when your teeth are bleached, the whitening will not lighten them.
While research continues into different types of bleaching systems, tooth bleaching continues to grow in popularity. Dr. Markowitz will discuss the best methods for you and make a suggest for one or a combination of the following for best results.
At-home bleaching kits
This is the most popular whitening option. It’s an affordable and effective way for many people to achieve excellent whitening results. One of Dr. Markowitz’s knowledgeable staff members will take impressions of your teeth and create plastic trays customized to fit your teeth. At home, you’ll fill the trays in with the whitening brand that Dr. Markowitz feels is best suitedfor your needs. Some trays are worn for 30 min, while others are worn throughout the night.
Bonding is a composite resin (plastic material) that is molded onto the teeth to change their color and/orreshape them. Dr. Markowitz can usually do them in one office visit.
Laminate porcelain veneers
This is sometimes considered the most effective option for teeth whitening. They are shell-like tooth facings and they are bonded onto stained teeth.Veneers never discolor andthey can be used to reshape and/or lengthen teeth, as well as a whitening method. Veneers can be completed in, usually, two office visits.
Sometimes this is referred to as laser bleaching. In-office whitening is also the fastest way to get whitening results. It begins with covering your lips and gums, leaving only the teeth exposed. Dr. Markowitz applies a whitening gel to the surface of the teeth and it remains on the teeth for about 15 -30 minutes. In some instances, a laser or special light can be used to assist the gel in the whitening process.
What is Zoom! whitening?
Zoom! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin. Most people make good candidates for the Zoom! procedure which produces excellent results in about an hour. The clinician applies the propriety Zoom! Whitening gel, which was designed to be used with a specially designed light. The Zoom! light and gel work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discoloration. With proper care your smile will dazzle for years.
Why is whitening from Dr. Markowitz better than an over-the-counter whitening product?
These products have been provenineffective or long lasting,unlike the techniques offered at Dr. Markowitz office. Also the trays that hold the whitening gel are not customized to fit your teeth. Which leads to leakage and that maycause gum irritation or discomfort.
What preparation does Dr. Markowitz do before whitening the teeth?
Your first appointment is a consultation appointment. Dr. Markowitz will do a thorough examination of your teeth and decide which method is best suited for you. A dental cleaning is recommended to make sure the whitening gel adheres to the clean surfaces of the teeth.
What results can I expect?
Typical results can produce a change of several shades of whiteness, lasting 3-5 years. Different factors, such as diet, affect how long the process takes to whitening. The whitening method is also a factor in how long the whitening lasts.
When it comes to utilizing the most advanced technologies available in the field of dentistry, Dr. Markowitz and the staff at Great Boca Smiles take pride in being at the leading edge. Our goal is to provide the best treatments to you and ultimately give you the smile of your dreams. With all the options we have available, we can give you the optimum treatment plan. We offer CEREC One Day Crowns, Dental Implants, 3D Cat Scans, L-PRF, New Teeth Today-New Teeth Tomorrow, Non-Surgical Gum Therapy, and Sleep Apnea Treatments.