Common causes of tooth discoloration include drinking dark beverages – coffee, cola, and tea – smoking, medications, and aging. Dr. Hagley offers many solutions to remove yellowish build-up and restore your smile’s youthful glow. These include in-office whitening with Zoom! and take-home whitening trays. After a consultation, he can determine which method is most appropriate for your smile.
Grand Rapids Dental Care is proud to offer Zoom! – an in-office bleaching system that can lighten discolored teeth as much as eight shades in about an hour. This is the same system seen on the TV show “Extreme Makeover.” During the Zoom! process, a potent bleaching gel is applied to the teeth. The Zoom! light activates the gel and increase its effectiveness. Zoom! has been proven safe and effective, and any post-whitening sensitivity typically subsides rapidly. Results with Zoom! Whitening are immediate, dramatic, and potentially long-lasting, as long as patients follow some simple post-whitening care instructions.
Patients who prefer to whiten at home can opt for custom whitening trays. Unlike unproven and ineffective over-the-counter whitening strips and pastes, professional take-home whitening yields highly effective results. In just two weeks (depending on your needs), your teeth can lighten up to eight shades.
With take-home whitening, Dr. Hagley's staff will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth. From these impressions, our clinical staff makes custom-fitted teeth whitening appliances. The appliances, which are fitted for maximum comfort, are clear and very hard to detect. Our staff then gives you a professional whitening system for use with the appliance and personalized instructions. You and Dr. Hagley will plan a homecare regimen in order to keep your smile looking good for a lifetime!
Common Questions About Teeth Whitening
Is teeth whitening right for me?
Professional teeth bleaching or whitening will lighten the color of teeth, whether your stains are caused by aging, coffee, tea, or tobacco. Its brightening effects can last up to five years, depending on your personal habits. With a 90% success rate, teeth whitening has proven tough on stains and gentle on teeth. Results vary depending on the reason for the staining, and bleaching will not lighten fillings or artificial materials such as crowns, porcelain veneers, fillings, etc. You may be discouraged from bleaching treatment if you have sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, worn enamel, or if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.
Which whitening technique is best for me?
Zoom! Whitening, as seen on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover,” is an in-office procedure which produces quick, effective results. Alternatively, we offer at-home bleaching systems that lighten teeth up to eight shades. While at-home bleaching is more economical, results take longer to achieve. At Grand Rapids Dental Care, we work closely with our patients to determine the best technique to achieve the desired effect.
How does the whitening process work?
Grand Rapids Dental Care begins with a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and then discusses the procedure best suited to your individual needs. Any problems such as cavities or gum problems must be treated before bleaching can begin. The in-office method generally takes 1 to 2 hours and results in an immediate noticeable change. The at-home method requires the creation of special molds of your teeth which are used to make custom-fitted flexible trays. These trays hold the bleaching gel against your teeth. Our dental professionals will give you specific instructions to follow with at-home teeth whitening.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Research over the last five years has proven bleaching to be both safe and effective. The American Dental Association has given its approval to a wide range of whitening products. Generally, sensitivity to hot and cold foods is the only side-effect of treatment and will normally disappear within 48 hours.
Your Search for a Grand Rapids Dentist is Over!
Call today and reserve your appointment with Dr. Mike Hagley at our Grand Rapids dental office, we practice comprehensive dentistry for families in the Hibbing, Nashwauk, Deer River, and greater Itasca County areas. We look forward to helping you achieve a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.