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You might hope your smile is warm and winning, but having dingy or discolored teeth can leave a less-than-favorable impression at an important business meeting, dinner date, or social event. No wonder teeth whitening has become one of the most-desired cosmetic dentistry procedures, ranking highest on the wish list of what people want to improve about their smiles, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says.
Fortunately, it’s also quick, safe, and convenient. Whether you want to visit our office in Chicopee and walk out with a brighter smile that same day, or use a kit to bleach your teeth in the privacy of your home over a few days, our friendly staff can help you achieve the stunning results you desire. We’ll even clean your teeth beforehand so that no bacteria or trapped food particles will interfere with your whitening treatment.
Opalescence Boost: Whiten Your Teeth in a Day
We provide Opalescence Boost Teeth Whitening, a chemically activated treatment that uses no harsh, uncomfortable lighting and produces dramatic results in less than an hour. Opalescence Boost uses a tooth-whitening gel with 40 percent hydrogen peroxide combined with potassium nitrate and fluoride, two ingredients proven to help minimize sensitivity, reduce cavities, and increase the hardness of natural tooth enamel.
One 20-minute treatment might be all you need take your teeth a few shades whiter. Before getting started, we’ll assess your current tooth color, then give you mouth guards that protect your lips and tongue during the treatment. We’ll also apply a resin barrier around your gum line so that the gel comes in contact only with your teeth. We’ll apply the whitening gel using a gentle brushed tip, then suction it off after 20 minutes to check the progress.
If your teeth are not yet as white as you’d like, we can apply the gel again for a second 20-minute treatment, which should do the trick. We’ll remove the resin barrier before you leave our office, leaving you free to smile with confidence.
Opalescence Go®: Impressive Teeth Whitening at Home
Our office in Chicopee also carries Opalescence Go, a take-home product that produces dramatic results within five to 10 days. This professional-strength product is available only from dentists and formulated with either 10 percent or 15 percent hydrogen peroxide, as well as the same beneficial ingredients — potassium nitrate and fluoride — as our in-office treatment.
Opalescence Go is simple to use right out of the box. Just center one of the thin, prefilled trays over your upper or lower teeth and bite gently, then swallow to secure the whitening gel inside. Remove the colored outer tray for a comfortable fit while the gel does its job.
Wear the 15 percent concentration for 15 to 20 minutes daily or the 10 percent concentration for 30 to 60 minutes daily. Opalescence Go comes in two flavors, mint and melon, so the treatment is as pleasant as it is easy. The kit comes with several prefilled trays, so you can toss away the trays after each daily whitening treatment and still have enough supplies. You should notice impressive results within five to 10 days.
Why Whiten Your Teeth?
Light reflected off the hard outer layer of our teeth (called the enamel) and the color of the softer layer (or dentin) underneath combine to produce our tooth color. Sometimes genetics give people thinner enamel and more visible dentin, but other factors also can affect the shade of your smile. These include:
- Beverages such as coffee, tea, red wines, and colas – Tooth enamel is porous, so it’s sensitive to food and drinks such as these that contain chromogens, which can stain teeth.
- Smoking – Tar and nicotine in cigarettes and other tobacco products are notorious tooth-staining culprits.
- Certain medical treatments and medications – Chemotherapy, radiation around the head and neck, and medications such as antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medicine are among those known to darken teeth.
- Aging – Our tooth enamel naturally thins as we age, allowing more of the yellowish dentin underneath to become visible.
- Tooth decay or trauma – The body’s natural reaction to a tooth injury is to produce more yellowish dentin, which again can show through thin enamel.
If you need restorative dental work such as a veneer, crown, bridge, or dentures, we recommend whitening your teeth first. These items are designed to resist staining, so whitening treatments don’t work on them. They’re also color-matched to your teeth, so bleaching your teeth beforehand guarantees they’ll blend in well.
Call Today to Schedule a Teeth Whitening Appointment
If you have additional questions about teeth whitening, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment, please call our office in Chicopee. Call us today at (413) 241-6913 or book an appointment online.