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08Oct2010

To Zoom or Not to Zoom

TOOTH WHITENING HAS BECOME VERY POPULAR over the past few years. There are different whitening processes available on the market with claims of making teeth from 6 to 9 shades whiter. Between toothpastes to trays, how can anyone know what to choose?

Well, we want to help make things a little easier. To start out, whitening is simply any process that makes the teeth appear whiter. While many products out there can whiten, the amount of shades and the time it takes can greatly vary.

If you are considering getting your teeth whitened it is recommended that you consult with one of our dentists first. A tooth whitening process that is very effective for one patient may not get the desired results for another. Also, not all tooth discolorations are correctable. For instance, if you have had bonding, veneers or tooth-color fillings in your front teeth there can be problems.

If bleaching trays are your choice, we can make you a custom-fitted mouth trays that will help in applying the bleaching agent evenly. After an initial consultation and fitting the entire whitening process can be done in the comfort of your own home.

The bleaching agents contain carbamide peroxides, which vary in concentrations. The most common strengths available are 10, 16, and 22 percent.The products that contain carbamide peroxide actually bleach the tooth enamel. When professionally applied, hydrogen peroxide concentrations range from 10 to 35 percent and are sometimes used in conjunction with a light or laser to accelerate the whitening process.

At Elizabethtown we also offer Zoom Whitening. Zoom Whitening combines gel with a Zoom light to speed up the whitening process. You can whiten your teeth with a single trip to our office – less mess and less worry for you!

No more wondering about which whitening process would be best for you, simply contact us using the tab on our site to learn more! Or feel free to ask us any general questions through Facebook or Twitter – chances are your question will be one someone else has too.

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