Teeth Whitening in Farmington Hills, MI - Marc S. Cammarata D.D.S.
Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth.
The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco.
One type of stain-caused by traumatic injuries, medications and fluorosis-actually begins inside the tooth; brushing and flossing don't help. Another type of stain-one that can be more easily attached by brushing, flossing and rinsing-is caused by external factors such as foods.
More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains.
Some commercially available "whitening toothpastes" can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth's enamel.
Bleaching agents actually change the color of your teeth, but only are effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case).
Professional bleaching performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method; done properly, tooth whitening can last as long as five years. Over-the-counter whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions followed closely.
Teeth Whitening Services We Offer:
We offer professional teeth whitening services at our dental office to enhance your smile. By whitening your teeth, you can brighten your smile and boost your self-confidence. Professional teeth whitening is effective and safe, and can be used to lessen or eliminate the appearance of stains and discoloration caused by:
- Certain foods and drinks, such as wine, tea, and coffee
- Tobacco use
- The natural aging process
The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments
Studies have shown that damaged and stained teeth are the feature that most people report feeling the most embarrassed and insecure about. And unfortunately, it can't be chalked up to personal paranoia. People with whiter, stain-free teeth are generally viewed as more confident, self-assured, and competent, which can affect everything from professional opportunities to social interactions and connections.
Teeth Whitening Process
Here at Dental Designs the key to getting smiles several shades whiter in often just one visit has to do with the high-concentration whitening gel that we use. Whitening gels always contain an active ingredient such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Over-the-counter whitening gels don’t contain as high a percentage of peroxide as our in-office system because our dental team has been trained to safely and effectively apply and monitor these more powerful whitening gels. Of course, as you can imagine, this means that you’ll get faster and more visible whitening results when you get teeth whitening from us.
In-office teeth whitening is a simple and non-invasive cosmetic procedure. A small device will be used to prevent cheeks and lips from coming in contact with the whitening gel, which can irritate sensitive tissue. Now that the teeth are revealed, we can apply the first gel application the front surface.
Once the gel is applied over the front surface of your teeth, we will leave the gel on for several minutes. Sometimes a dental laser will be used to activate the gel and speed up the whitening process. Before you get your teeth whitening treatment we will sit down with you and discuss the steps we will take to get your smile whiter.
In most cases, we will apply, remove and reapply whitening gels two to three times throughout the course of your one-hour whitening treatment.