Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. After protecting your gums with a special gel, your Columbia, SC dentist, Dr. Forbes, applies peroxide to your teeth using a mouthguard or tray. Sometimes, a laser is used to boost the whitening properties of peroxide and make your teeth several shades lighter. Depending on the whitening method used, you can see dramatic results in just one appointment.
Some people prefer to whiten their teeth at home with over-the-counter kits. The process is similar to in-office whitening, but the concentration of peroxide is much weaker. This is why it can take anywhere from two to six weeks before you can see results. Whatever method you use, consult your dentist before undergoing any whitening regimen.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening
Our Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Forbes can whiten your teeth in about an hour with the revolutionary Zoom! teeth whitening system. A highly concentrated peroxide solution whitens your teeth, and a special light is used to boost the whitening process. The procedure is safe, effective, and creates long-lasting results. Zoom! teeth whitening is recommended for teeth discoloration caused by aging, tobacco smoking, excessive fluoride, and stain-promoting foods and drinks.
Before the teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Forbes will check if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for teeth whitening. If there is tooth decay or gum disease, it must be treated first. Next, your teeth are cleaned and your gums are covered with a protective gel. Peroxide is then applied, and your teeth are exposed to the Zoom! lamp in three 15-minute intervals (about 45 minutes). After teeth whitening, fluoride is applied to minimize the risk of sensitivity.
Opalescence Take-Home Teeth Whitening
If you don’t want to take the extra time to have your teeth whitened at Total Dental Care, we offer teeth whitening that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. With the Opalescence take-home teeth whitening system, you can get professional teeth whitening results by performing the procedure on your own! Opalescence can be worn for as little as thirty minutes a day and also can be worn during the night. As long as you follow the simple instructions, you will have a beautiful white smile in no time at all!
The Opalescence whitening system comes in different concentrations and different flavors so you’re not stuck tasting something terrible while your teeth are whitened. Being able to whiten your teeth from home keeps you from having to make frequent trips to our Columbia, SC dentist office to have your teeth whitened to the level that you want them to be. We want to see you have a white smile while doing it the way that you want to do it at Total Dental Care!
Get whiter teeth in a flash with Zoom! teeth whitening at our Columbia, SC dentist office. If you would like to bleach your teeth at home, we provide take-home whitening kits. Call 803-272-4162 now or schedule a consultation with Dr. Forbes using our online form.