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Teeth Whitening

If you walk down the oral hygiene aisle of your local grocery store, you will likely find numerous teeth whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, strips, and gels. The internet DIYers are on the case too, recommending a number of dubious at-home teeth whitening solutions. It’s no secret that people want to brighten their smiles. Unfortunately, many of these products do more harm than good, and most people see little to no change in the shades of their teeth. At Sierra Smiles Family Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we’ve got a better option. Zoom! teeth whitening is a professional, cosmetic treatment that can deliver smiles up to ten shades brighter for many patients. If you want to find out more, call our Pasadena dentist and team to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation today. We’ll evaluate your current smile, discuss your dream smile, and help you find the right treatments to bring the two together.

Teeth can be discolored for a variety of reasons, and not all of them can be corrected with even the most effective teeth whitening techniques. Before we recommend Zoom! whitening, we will work with you to create a cosmetic dentistry plan that will deliver the results you’re after. Some of the most common causes of dental discoloration include:

  • Consuming darkly colored foods and drinks
  • Dental wear or aging that thins tooth enamel, revealing the yellow dentin layer below
  • Fluorosis or enamel hypoplasia may cause brighter white staining on teeth
  • Smoking and using tobacco
  • Tetracycline medications taken during dental development
  • Some patients have genetically darker or lighter tooth enamel

Zoom! whitening is performed entirely in our office. We start by comparing your smile to a tooth shade chart. Then, we isolate the teeth using rubber shields to protect soft tissue. A coat of whitening gel is applied to teeth, and the low-heat Zoom! light is placed to activate the gel and accelerate the whitening process. Every twenty minutes, we’ll check the results and reapply as necessary to achieve your flawless, bright white smile. Most patients see results ten shades brighter in about an hour.

If you decide to move forward with Zoom! whitening, you will experience the following benefits:
Safety – many patients unintentionally damage their teeth or soft tissue trying over the counter teeth whitening solutions but Zoom! is safely performed under the observation of a dentist .
Comfort – as part of the Zoom! whitening process, we can also provide fluoride therapies and other treatments to reduce dental sensitivity often experienced following teeth whitening.
Predictable results – over the counter teeth whitening kits promise dramatic results, but your customized professional whitening plan ensures you’ll receive the results you desire.

Store bought teeth whitening kits have to use very low doses of active whitening gel, and the application methods do not allow the whitener to work long enough to lift stains. Instead, Zoom! is performed completely under the observation of your skilled dentist. We use professional grade teeth whitening gel, and the innovative Zoom! application technique to deliver flawless smiles.