Over time, it’s normal for teeth to become yellowed or stained. This is from a combination of age and the food and drinks we consume. Teeth are porous which means they absorb the materials that come into contact with them. This can cause staining. Yellowed teeth can also be caused by bad dental hygiene. If you have teeth that are stained from age and foods but your dental hygiene is stellar, then you might benefit from a professional teeth whitening treatment at Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Birmingham. Dr. Maniscalco will evaluate your smile to determine which of our bleaching products would be best for your teeth. If you’re interested in brightening up your smile with teeth whitening, continue reading to learn more.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Most patients who opt for a teeth whitening treatment are doing so because they are unhappy with their smile. A yellowed or stained smile can make some feel self-conscious, while it can also make some look older than they are. In addition, yellowed or stained teeth can make you look like you don’t take proper care of your dental hygiene. Nobody wants to look older or like they have bad dental hygiene. A whiter smile is associated with being healthy and with having great dental hygiene.
One of the top benefits of teeth whitening treatment in Birmingham is to have a smile you love! With a whiter smile that has no stains, you will love showing off your smile. In addition, your whiter smile will help you look younger. By simply whitening your teeth, you can shave years off your appearance. If you whiten your teeth, you are also more likely to take better care of your teeth. This means brushing and flossing regularly and visiting our dentist for your check-ups. This is because you will want to maintain your newly whitened smile.
Professional Teeth Whitening
At Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we use three different professional whitening products at our Birmingham dentist office. This includes Zoom!®, Lumibrite® and KöR® Deep Bleach. Dr. Maniscalco will determine which option is right for you after your tooth whitening consultation. Each product works a bit different but gives you the same brilliantly white results. Whether you want to whiten in our office or at home can help us guide you to the right choice.
If you’re looking for a quick solution, visit us during your lunch break to whiten your teeth up to 8 shades in just 45 minutes. Zoom! is a strong whitening solution that we complete in our office. First, we will let you choose the desired color shade of your teeth. Next, Dr. Maniscalco will prep your teeth by covering your lips and gums so that the whitening solution doesn’t get on them. He will then apply the strong whitening solution to your teeth while shining an activating light at your teeth for the next 15 minutes. We recommend that patients complete three of these sessions during their appointment. If you prefer to whiten at home, we can provide you with a whitening tray and the whitening solution and instructions to complete your treatment on your own time.
Another whitening solution we offer in our office is Lumibrite. Lumibrite works a lot like Zoom! however, it tends to make teeth less sensitive. If tooth sensitivity is normally an issue with you during whitening treatments, we will recommend this treatment option for you. This treatment can also be complete in the office with an activated light or with a take-home kit. It’s really up to you.
KöR® Deep Bleach
Our last whitening solution is KöR whitening. KöR differs from Zoom! and Lumibrite because it doesn’t require a light to activate the whitening solution. The KöR treatment involves a custom-made whitening tray that keeps out saliva during your treatment. This means that the bleaching is not interrupted at all, giving you the best results possible. We offer both an in-office and take home kit for this deep bleaching as well. It’s really up to you which one you want.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Many patients often ask how teeth whitening even works. Well, in general, a type of molecule present in the bleaching gel penetrates the teeth and releases substances that promote the “breaking” of the molecules that cause stains or blemishes. The molecule evaporates easily and leaves the tooth with the dye pigment. This, therefore, removes the stains from teeth.
Why Not Opt for Over-The-Counter Whitening?
One problem we see in today’s society is the amount of money that is wasted on over-the-counter whitening products. In simple terms, you get what you pay for. There is no dentist supervising your whitening treatment, so you can end up with uneven teeth or teeth that didn’t whiten at all. In addition, it’s common to harm or damage your teeth with these products. Not only are our professional whitening products stronger, they are administered by a dentist who has years of experience and a degree dedicated to cosmetic dentistry. If you want professional results that last, go with professional teeth whitening instead of throwing money away at over-the-counter products.
How Long Do Whitening Treatments Last?
The length that your treatment lasts depends a lot on dental hygiene and the types of foods you eat. Therefore, it will vary per patient. If you want your teeth whitening solution to last as long as possible, we recommend brushing and flossing regularly. In addition, visit us for dental cleanings every 6 months. If you also steer clear of tooth staining foods and drinks, you can expect your results to last you for a year or two. You can always visit us for a touch-up if you notice that your smile is becoming stained and yellowed once again.
Brighten Your Smile Today
If teeth whitening sounds like an ideal cosmetic dentistry procedure for you, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Birmingham dental office. Dr. Maniscalco will advise you on which treatment is best for you and determine if your teeth are healthy enough for a tooth whitening treatment. Following your procedure, you will have a beautiful smile you won’t want to stop showing off. Experience these results for yourself by giving us a call at 205-967-9100 or filling out our online form to request an appointment.