A radiant smile is an asset that many people are proud to show off. If you are looking to brighten your smile through teeth whitening, ATX Family Dental in Austin is the dental practice to turn to. We offer professional teeth whitening as a part of our cosmetic dental services. We use the latest in advanced tooth whitening technology that allows patients to achieve results and lighten their teeth multiple shades in just one appointment. With proper oral care and limiting the amount of stain causing foods and beverages that you consume, your teeth whitening results can last for months or even years.
While there are multiple over-the-counter options available at your nearest drug store, ATX Family Dental offers two solutions that provide professional results. Many people appreciate the quick service and results that come with an in-office whitening procedure, while others are more interested in an at-home teeth whitening system that they can use at their own convenience. Our dental practice provides both of these options to our patients in order to achieve the radiant results that they desire.
ZOOM!® Teeth Whitening
ATX Family Dental is proud to provide ZOOM!® Teeth Whitening to our patients in Austin and the surrounding communities. ZOOM!® Teeth Whitening is a safe and highly effective method of dramatically whitening the teeth in just under an hour. Yes, in 60 minutes or less, your teeth can be up to eight shades whiter! Professional teeth whitening uses a combination of an intense hydrogen peroxide gel with a specialized ultraviolet lamp that gives immediate results. At ATX Family Dental, we offer fast, professional in-office whitening with the ZOOM!® Teeth Whitening system because we understand that you want dramatic results in the shortest amount of time.
If you live or work in the Austin area and are interested in enhancing the appearance of your smile through teeth whitening, contact our dental practice today. We are currently accepting new patients and we welcome the opportunity to serve you and your family with exceptional dental care. Let us help you achieve the most beautiful smile possible.
It is important for our patients to be educated about the procedures we use so they know what to expect. In order for you to receive the full benefits of the ZOOM! whitening process your teeth should be professionally cleaned beforehand. Plaque and calculus buildup prevents the whitening gel from reaching the tooth.
ZOOM! Whitening 101
The stains you see on your teeth are actually in the tooth enamel. The natural color of your teeth is brought back through the process of whitening with a gel containing hydrogen peroxide. First your eyes, lips and gums are covered for protection; then the gel is applied to your teeth. A special UV light activates the whitening power of the gel.
Your ZOOM! whitening procedure consists of three fifteen minute sessions. Each time, a new layer of whitening gel is applied to the teeth. The procedure is safe and effective and we take precautions to make sure you are comfortable throughout the process.
Teeth Whitening Results
A comparison between the beginning and final shades of tooth color will be made. This will indicate the extent of the whitening process. Everyone has their own unique optimum tooth color. This is the base line shade with no staining at all. Your optimum tooth color will be reached with the final shade in the whitening process. Staining from years of eating and drinking dark colored foods and beverages will be eliminated.
After the first fifteen minute session you will notice marked improvement in the color of your teeth. You will be able to compare the difference between the shades before treatment and after to gauge the effectiveness of the whitening process.
ZOOM! & Crowns, Veneers, Bonding
Keep in mind that fillings, crowns, and veneers are man-made restorations and will not be affected by the whitening process in the same way as your natural teeth. Many such restorations are slightly lighter in color than the natural teeth to begin with. Unless the shade of these restorations was picked when your teeth were at their optimum color, they may look a little different from your fully whitened teeth; however, you have the option to monitor the whitening process after each session. You can choose when to stop the process.
White Spots on Teeth
There are a variety of reasons why white spots may occur on a person’s teeth. It could be a matter of genetics, early childhood illness, spots left after orthodontic treatment, or some other cause. There is a possibility that the removal of stains may cause these spots to become more prominent, but within a few days they tend to even out more with the natural tooth color.
Don’t Ruin That New Bright Smile!
After your ZOOM! whitening treatment, your teeth will be more susceptible to staining for about two days. During this time the tooth enamel pores are open so eating and drinking dark colored foods and beverages is not recommended. You will be given a list of foods and beverages to avoid. If it will stain your shirt, it will stain your teeth.
Sensitivity from Teeth Whitening
It is not uncommon for patients to have some sensitivity while getting their teeth whitened. We want you to be comfortable during the process, however you may feel some peculiar sensations. One or two moments of sensitivity are to be expected, however more than that and you should let us know and we will halt the treatment. You will be closely monitored and given a bell to ring if you should experience any sensitivity.
While the vast majority of our patients complete the entire treatment, not everyone finishes all three of the fifteen minute sessions. Two sessions of the ZOOM! whitening procedure generally gives good results, but this treatment does not suit everyone. For your comfort, we want to end the treatment before teeth become more sensitive. This is why it’s important for you to let us know if you feel any discomfort during the process.