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How would you like to have a whiter, more beautiful smile before your next business meeting, dinner date, family gathering, or social event? Teeth whitening can remove years of discoloration and tooth stains in less than an hour. It’s one of the fastest and most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Our team at Towncare Dental Associates of Cape Coral provides two methods to help you achieve the brilliant smile you want in a way that fits both your budget and your lifestyle. You can relax in our office and walk out with a brighter smile in one day, or use a take-home product if you prefer something more private.
Both methods can produce dramatic results, especially when applied after a teeth cleaning. Consider a professional cleaning a blank canvas for your new smile, removing any food particles or bacteria that can contribute to tooth stains or interfere with the whitening treatment.
Why Whiten Your Teeth?
Our natural tooth color is actually a combination of light reflected off the enamel (the white surface of the tooth) and the color of the dentin (the middle layer) underneath. Our genetic makeup determines how thick and smooth our tooth enamel is. Some people have thinner enamel—and more visible dentin—than others.
As we age, the enamel becomes thinner while the dentin grows darker, making our tooth color yellow or dingy. Enamel also is porous, so it can be susceptible to color changes from certain foods, beverages, and other substances as well.
But that morning cup of coffee isn’t the only culprit. The most common causes of tooth discoloration include:
- Poor dental hygiene
- Cigars, cigarettes and other tobacco products
- Tetracycline and other types of medications
- Beverages such as coffee, tea, red wines, and colas
- Getting older
- Tooth decay or trauma
Dental work such as a crown, a bridge, a veneer or dentures also benefits from whitening your natural teeth before undergoing such cosmetic and restorative treatments. The dental porcelain used in these fixtures is color-matched to your natural teeth to blend in seamlessly. They’re designed to resist staining, so they don’t respond to whitening treatments, meaning any teeth whitened after such dental work will make the dental work stand out.
Zoom QuickPro: Whiten Your Teeth After a Cleaning
When you’re finished with your regular teeth cleaning, why not brighten your teeth by as much as four shades whiter? Simply ask our hygienist at Towncare Dental Associates of Cape Coral to apply Zoom QuickPro.
Zoom QuickPro is an affordable, convenient solution that uses dual-layer whitening technology to whiten teeth in minimal time. Our hygienist first applies the teeth whitening varnish, then follows up with an innovative sealant layer that dries the varnish in seconds, locks it into place, and keeps it from getting onto your gums. You’ll leave your dental appointment with the invisible varnish still on your teeth. After 30 minutes, use your usual toothbrush or a paper towel to wipe it off, revealing your brighter smile.
Patients experience little to no tooth sensitivity, and many like the results so much, they make Zoom QuickPro part of their regular hygiene visits.
Opalescence Go®: Whiten Your Teeth at Home
Our office in Cape Coral also provides Opalescence Go, a take-home tooth whitening kit that enables you to whiten your teeth in privacy and on your own schedule. With this professional-strength product available only from dentists, you’ll see impressive results in five to ten days.
Opalescence Go is safe, effective, and ready to use right out of the box. Each kit includes disposable trays prefilled with a whitening gel that includes potassium nitrate and fluoride. These ingredients are proven to improve your teeth’s overall health by helping to reduce cavities, minimize tooth sensitivity, and increase the hardness of tooth enamel.
Just center one of the disposable trays over your upper or lower teeth. Then bite gently and suck down or swallow to secure the gel against your teeth. Remove the colored outer tray to reveal a clear and comfortable inner tray that you’ll wear for your treatment time.
Opalescence Go comes in two concentrations of whitening ingredients. Choose a 15% concentration worn for 15 to 20 minutes a day over five to ten days, or a 10% concentration worn for about 30 to 60 minutes over the same duration.
Once your daily treatment is done, cleanup is easy. Simply throw out the disposable tray and brush your teeth as you normally would.
Call Today to Schedule a Teeth Whitening Appointment
Ready to brighten your smile? If you’d like to schedule an appointment, or if you have additional questions about teeth whitening, please call Towncare Dental Associates of Cape Coral today at (239) 214-2982.