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Getting a whiter, brighter smile doesn’t have to be a hassle. Teeth whitening is one of the fastest and most affordable methods of cosmetic dentistry. Now you can remove years of stains and discoloration that affect your appearance and your self-esteem in less than an hour.
Our team at Towncare Dental of Boca Raton provides two types of teeth whitening to help you achieve the results you desire. One is done right in our office and takes less than an hour. The other is a take-home product that you wear for about 15 minutes a day for ten days.
Both can be very effective in bleaching your teeth and removing stains, especially when applied after a teeth cleaning. Think of a professional teeth cleaning as starting with a blank canvas. It removes any food particles and bacteria that can contribute to tooth stains and interfere with the treatment.
What Causes Tooth Stains?
To understand what causes tooth stains, let’s look at the anatomy of a tooth. The hard outer layer is called the enamel and the middle layer is called the dentin. The reflection of light off the enamel and the color of the dentin underneath combine to create the color of your teeth.
Your genetic makeup determines the thickness and smoothness of your tooth enamel. If the enamel is thin, the color of the dentin will show through.
As we age, enamel tends to grow thinner and the dentin gets darker. But daily living also affects our teeth. Tooth enamel is porous, so food and beverages (particularly coffee and tea) can soak into the enamel and effect its color.
The most common reasons for tooth stains are:
- Drinking dark-colored beverages such as red wine, soda, coffee, and tea
- Getting older
- Tobacco use, including cigarettes and chewing tobacco
- Certain medications
- Poor hygiene
Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and drinking water all help wash away stain-causing foods and liquids.
Opalescence Boost Teeth Whitening: Whiten Your Teeth during Your Appointment
Towncare Dental of Boca Raton is proud to offer Opalescence Boost Teeth Whitening to brighten your smile while you relax in our office. Opalescence Boost uses a tooth-whitening gel that contains potassium nitrate and fluoride, so it helps maintain the health of your natural tooth enamel. Research has shown that potassium nitrate and fluoride help reduce cavities, minimize tooth sensitivity, and increase the hardness of tooth enamel.
Because Opalescence Boost is chemically activated, it doesn’t require using a special light to activate it like other types of whitening do. It’s a fast, dramatic, and pain-free way to whiten teeth and remove stains without much of a wait—ideal for those who have a special event on the horizon or who just want to see results right away.
After confirming you don’t have any cavities or gum disease, either our hygienist or our dentist will assess your current tooth color. Then the dental professional will apply the whitening gel to your teeth with a gentle, brushed tip. The process is comfortable, and you’ll notice the results quickly. You’re guaranteed to walk out of our office with a brighter smile than when you arrived.
Whiten Your Teeth at Home with Opalescence Go®
If you prefer a more discreet option that fits your budget and your lifestyle, ask us about Opalescence Go. Opalescence Go is a professional-strength teeth whitening product available only from dentists and can brighten your teeth dramatically in less than two weeks.
Opalescence Go is so simple, it’s ready to use right out of the package. You won’t need to be fitted for any custom mouthpiece, the product comes with ready-filled trays. It uses the same tooth whitening gel (potassium nitrate and fluoride) found in our in-office treatment, Opalescence Boost, and it comes in melon and mint flavors, so it tastes good, too.
To use Opalescence Go, you simply center the tray over your upper or lower teeth, bite gently, and suck down or swallow to secure it against your teeth. You’ll remove the colored outer tray to expose a clear inner tray for the duration of the treatment. The trays are sleek and comfortable, and the ingredients won’t leak onto your gums or otherwise cause discomfort.
Opalescence Go comes in different strengths. You can choose a concentration of 15% of whitening ingredients to wear for 15 to 20 minutes a day over five to ten days, or a 10% concentration that’s worn for about 30 to 60 minutes over the same length of time. No matter which you choose, your take-home whitening kit will contain the proper supply of prefilled trays, so you won’t worry about having enough.
Why Should I Whiten Teeth Before Getting Crowns, Bridges, Veneers, or Dentures?
Crowns, bridges, veneers, and dentures all are meant to blend in with your natural teeth. Before having any of these made, the dentist will match the color of these cosmetic treatments and artificial teeth to your surrounding teeth.
These ceramic or porcelain cosmetic treatments and artificial teeth are stain-resistant, so teeth whitening products do not work on them. If you get such a replacement before whitening your teeth, it will have been color-matched to any surrounding discolored teeth, making it look darker and discolored once the rest of your teeth are whitened.
Call Today to Schedule a Teeth Whitening Appointment
Want to know more about this fast, effective, and affordable way to brighten your smile? Call our office in Boca Raton today at (561) 430-2078 to schedule a consultation and see the difference for yourself.