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A radiant smile can be your calling card. Unfortunately, when you have yellowish, dingy, or discolored teeth, you become memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Teeth whitening is one of the quickest, most convenient, and most wanted cosmetic dentistry procedures. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry notes that achieving whiter teeth tops the wish list of what people would like to improve about their smiles.
Our office in Westfield can give your smile more sparkle by removing years of stains and discoloration in less than an hour. We also provide an affordable but professional-strength take-home product that can professionally bleach your teeth for minutes a day in less than two weeks. Whichever method you prefer, we also can perform a professional cleaning beforehand to remove any bacteria or trapped food particles that contribute to tooth stains or that might interfere with the whitening treatment.
Opalescence Boost: Whiten Your Teeth in a Day
We’re proud to offer Opalescence Boost Teeth Whitening, so you can whiten your smile while you relax in our Westfield office. Opalescence Boost uses a chemically activated tooth-whitening gel that includes 40 percent hydrogen peroxide. The gel doesn’t need to be paired with a hot, uncomfortable light, so it won’t make your teeth extra sensitive. It also contains potassium nitrate and fluoride, two ingredients proven to help reduce cavities, minimize tooth sensitivity, and increase the hardness of your natural tooth enamel.
Best of all, Opalescence Boost produces immediate results within an hour. First, we’ll assess the current shade of your teeth, then give you protective mouth guards to shield your lips and tongue during the whitening process. We’ll apply a resin barrier around your gum line as well so that the whitening gel only comes in contact with your teeth. Using a gentle brushed tip, we’ll apply the gel, then suction it off after 20 minutes and evaluate your tooth color again. We can then apply the gel for another 20 minutes to give you the results you desire. Once you’re finished, we’ll easily remove the resin barrier, leaving you free to smile bright.
Opalescence Go®: Impressive Teeth Whitening at Home
If you’d prefer to whiten your teeth at home, our office in Westfield also provides Opalescence Go, a professional-strength product available only from dentists. Formulated with either 10 percent or 15 percent hydrogen peroxide, Opalescence Go produces impressive results within five to ten days.
Ready to use right out of the package, the Opalescence Go system is safe and simple. It uses thin, prefilled trays that adapt comfortably to any smile, so there’s no need to measure ingredients. Just center one of the trays over your upper or lower teeth and bite gently, then swallow to secure the tray against your teeth in a custom-like fit. Remove the colored outer tray for the whitening to begin its work.
Opalescence Go comes in two different concentrations. Wear the 15 percent concentration for 15 to 20 minutes daily or the 10 percent concentration for 30 to 60 minutes daily. You’ll notice a stunning difference within five to 10 days. This take-home product also includes the protective ingredients — potassium nitrate and fluoride — found in Opalescence Boost, and comes in two pleasant flavors, mint and melon.
Once your daily whitening is done, just throw away the tray and brush your teeth as you normally would. The product includes enough prefilled trays to carry you through a full course of treatment.
Why Whiten Your Teeth?
Poor dental hygiene is one reason why your teeth might change color over time, but even if you’ve been diligent about your dental care, your teeth can become not-so-bright anymore.
The outer layer of our teeth, or the enamel, is porous, so food and drinks that contain chromogens (coffee, tea, red wine, and colas) are huge culprits that stain teeth.
As we age, our enamel thins and the softer area beneath the enamel, called the dentin, darkens. More of the yellowish dentin naturally shows through the teeth as this occurs.
If you smoke or use tobacco products, you’ll also experience stained teeth because of their tar and nicotine.
A mouth injury also can change your tooth color because your body naturally reacts to such an injury or trauma by producing more yellowish dentin.
Also, certain medications or treatments can change the color of your teeth. Antihistamines, antipsychotics, high blood pressure medications, radiation around the head and neck, and chemotherapy all are known to darken teeth, for example.
Tooth whitening treatments don’t work on veneers, crowns, bridges, or dentures, so if you need such restorative dental work, it’s best to have that done after you whiten your teeth. These fixtures are designed to be stain resistant and are color-matched to your teeth, so whitening your teeth first ensures that they’ll blend in naturally.
Call Today to Schedule a Teeth Whitening Appointment
If you’re ready to get started on a brighter smile, or if you have additional questions about teeth whitening, please call our office in Westfield today to speak to our caring staff or schedule an appointment. Call us today at (413) 306-4178 or book an appointment online.