McFarland Orthodontics transforms your smile with a 3 Step Process (More on that HERE.) First we give you the tools you need for optimal oral health, second we straighten your teeth with braces or Invisalign, and third, we whiten your teeth!
When your orthodontic treatment is winding down, we will send you home with Philips Zoom, a professional whitening system. The best part? We are giving you this whitening kit for free! Your teeth will be whiter and brighter than ever before in as little as 7 days.
Philips Zoom is the only whitening system that uses ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate) to deliver the gentle experience and whiter results our patients want as well as the effectiveness we value. McFarland Orthodontics patients discover the confidence a brighter smile provides, with the safe and powerful formulas we feel confident recommending.
You can also use more subtle options like whitening toothpastes, which remove stains on the surface of the tooth. Although some toothpastes may contain ingredients that seem to brighten your teeth, they aren’t bleaching the tooth or changing the actual color (like Philips Zoom does). They are simply polishing the surface to remove external coloration. It will take longer for you to see results with this method, but it's cost effective.
A more immediate, intense option would be to go to your dentist for in-office whitening. Your dentist will apply a peroxide gel, which is stronger than the one used in at-home whiteners like Philips Zoom. Your dentist may shine a light on the gel to get the whitening reaction started. The whole process takes about an hour, and your teeth will be whiter in a short amount of time. This process is likely to cause more temporary tooth sensitivity than Philips Zoom, and is a pricier option.
Some websites tout do-it-yourself approaches like sucking on or brushing with acidic fruits or coconut oil. Most of these approaches have not been shown to whiten teeth.
*If you have cavities or other dental disease, your dentist will need to treat it before you start the whitening process to help limit any side effects such as tooth sensitivity.
** Be aware that whitening your teeth won’t alter the color of restorations like veneers, crowns, or fillings.
Posted on 04/26/2017 at 01:06 PM