Teeth Whitening (Take-Home Trays)

Introduction:

Tooth Whitening Makes Your Smile Sparkle!

Statistics reveal that Americans place a high value on their smile. According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® national survey:

  • 92% of Americans believe an attractive smile is an important social asset.
  • 85% of Americans believe an unattractive smile makes a person less appealing to the opposite sex.
  • 74% of Americans believe an unattractive smile can hurt a person's chances for career success.
  • 50% of Americans are not satisfied with the appearance of their own smile. If you are not happy with your smile, tooth whitening may provide the solution.

PROFESSIONAL - Take-Home Tooth Whitening

If you are a candidate for tooth whitening, we offer you a choice between in-office whitening and take home whitening trays. For those who prefer to apply their professional level whitening gels themselves, we offer two choices of gels to work with the custom whitening trays that we make for you.

The process of lightening the shade of your teeth using peroxide gels has been practiced since at least the 1970's. The treatment is successful because of the gentle oxygenating nature of hydrogen peroxide (NOT to be confused with "bleach", which refers to the caustic agent, sodium hypochloride. Tooth whitening with peroxide gels is totally unrelated to the process of "bleaching"). The peroxide gel that we use, gently penetrates the enamel and "breaks up" the decades of deposits lodged deep in your tooth structure. It then dissolves these contaminants and carries them away. Although the gel is not harmful to your gum tissues (it's actually used in the treatment of some types of gum disease), it can be irritating and can cause temporary inflammation. Also, people whose teeth are sensitive may find some whitening programs to be slightly uncomfortable. We have designed two customized home whitening programs to match maximum whitening with your comfort and convenience.

To greatly enhance the effectiveness of your whitening gel, we provide you with precision made "Bleaching Trays" that fit only you, and apply the gel to only your teeth and not your gum tissues. This is also, in the long run, more economical; since you use far less gel per treatment than those over-the-counter "boil-and-bite" boxing guard types of trays. Furthermore, your precision custom trays create the opportunity to use the stronger gel, so that your time and treatment are significantly lessened. Finally, over-the-counter whitening products rob you of the opportunity to avail yourself to the professional, in-office fine tuning of your treatment to provide maximum effectiveness, while assuring your comfort and peace of mind.

Whatever type of care we offer to you, our goal is to provide you with the most gentle, yet effective, treatment appropriate for your unique situation. In light of this philosophy, we offer these treatment sequences for supervised home tooth whitening:

  • High Strength Whitening: for people with no tooth sensitivity tendencies we provide "PolaNight SDI" gel.
  • Moderate Strength Whitening: for those whose teeth can be slightly sensitive at times we provide "Day White 2" gel.
  • Combination Whitening and Fortifying: for individuals whose teeth are sensitive, but still desire the advantages of whitening.

Consumer (over-the-counter) tooth whitening systems

If you are looking for an economical approach to tooth whitening, we also offer professional strength Crest Whitestrips. While not as effective as the more powerful PolaNight SDI and Home Tray techniques, this alternative does offer you a significant whitening effect at a much lower cost.

Dr. Carlos Parajon and his staff have done extensive research into the best, most comfortable, and safest choices for professional whitening. In this section of our website, you will be able to explore these tooth whitening technologies and decide which is best for you.

There are many culprits that can lead to the darkening of your teeth. Some of these, such as discoloration of your teeth from trauma, use of certain antibiotics during childhood, or inherited pigmentations and calcium imbalances, require us to suggest involved cosmetic procedures such as caps or veneers to correct. These specialized services that we offer are discussed elsewhere on our website.

Fortunately, the vast majority of us have experienced darkening discoloration of our teeth merely as a result of decades of exposure to the colorized proteins that are caused by the consumption of coffee, tea, cola beverages, or various plant-derived foods. Tobacco use, while not contributing directly to protein absorption in the teeth, tends to accelerate (or "fix") the stains in your teeth.

If you are a candidate for tooth whitening, we offer you a choice between in-office whitening and take home whitening trays.


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