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Want a whiter, beautiful smile before your next dinner date, business meeting, or social event? Teeth whitening can remove years of stains and discoloration in less than an hour. It’s one of the fastest and most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Our team at Miami Beach Dental Center provides two methods to help you achieve the radiant 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 that same day, or use a take-home product that can whiten your teeth for minutes a day in less than two weeks if you prefer something more private.
Both methods can provide dramatic results, especially when applied after a teeth cleaning. A professional cleaning removes any food particles or bacteria that can contribute to tooth stains or interfere with the whitening treatment.
Zoom® Teeth Whitening: Whiter Teeth in One Day
Our office in Miami Beach is proud to offer Zoom WhiteSpeed teeth whitening treatment, which can deliver a smile that’s up to eight shades whiter after just one appointment. Zoom is the most requested professional teeth whitening brand in America. It’s also proven to be comfortable for people with sensitive teeth. Because of Zoom’s adjustable intensity settings, the majority of patients experience little to no tooth sensitivity afterward.
Best of all, you can relax in our office, read, watch TV, or listen to music while Zoom gives you the smile you desire.
To get started, our hygienist or dentist first will ensure that you don’t have any cavities or gum disease. We’ll assess your current tooth color to determine the duration of your treatment, then take impressions of your teeth for custom-made trays. Zoom uses a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel that works with a special chairside light to penetrate the teeth and break up stains and discoloration. Treatment consists of three 15-minute sessions for a total time of 45 minutes. Once you’re done, you’ll leave our office with a much-whiter smile.
Opalescence Go®: Impressive Teeth Whitening at Home
If you prefer an at-home teeth whitening option, our office in Miami Beach also provides Opalescence Go. This professional-strength product available only from dentists enables you to whiten your teeth on your own schedule.
Opalescence Go is safe and effective, and it’s ready to use right out of the box. It features innovative trays prefilled with a whitening gel that includes potassium nitrate and fluoride, two ingredients that are shown to help reduce cavities, minimize tooth sensitivity, increase the hardness of tooth enamel, and improve your teeth’s overall health.
Simply center one of the disposable trays over your upper or lower teeth and bite gently. You’ll suck down or swallow to secure the gel against your teeth, then remove the colored outer tray to reveal the clear and comfortable inner tray that you’ll wear for the treatment.
Choose between two concentrations of whitening ingredients to determine your treatment time. A 15% concentration is worn for 15 to 20 minutes a day over five to ten days. The 10% concentration is worn for about 30 to 60 minutes over the same duration.
After your daily treatment is done, just discard the tray and brush your teeth as you normally would, being careful not to swallow any remaining gel. Many people notice an incredible difference after the first few uses.
Why Whiten Your Teeth?
Teeth become dull, dingy, or discolored for a variety of reasons. The color of your teeth is actually a combination of the light reflected off the enamel, or the hard outer layer of a tooth, and the color of the dentin, or middle layer, underneath the enamel. As we age, the enamel becomes thinner while the dentin tends to grow darker, affecting our tooth color.
Some of us are born with thinner enamel—and more visible dentin—because of our genetic makeup. Enamel also is porous, so some foods and beverages can seep through it and affect your tooth color as well.
But that morning cup of coffee isn’t the only reason your teeth might look yellow. The most common causes of tooth discoloration include:
- Aging or genetics
- Smoking and tobacco products
- Dark beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, and soda
- Certain medical treatments and medications, including tetracycline
- Tooth decay (cavities) or trauma
- Poor dental hygiene
If you need dental work such as a crown, a bridge, a veneer or dentures, our dentist also might suggest that you whiten your natural teeth first to help such artificial fixtures blend in seamlessly over time. The dental porcelain used in such cosmetic and restorative treatments is color-matched to your natural teeth, but it doesn’t respond to whitening treatments. So if you whiten your teeth later, your dental work will look darker and will stand out.
Call Today to Schedule a Teeth Whitening Appointment
If you’re ready for a whiter smile, or you have additional questions about teeth whitening, please call our Miami Beach Dental Center office today at (786) 838-4176 to speak to our helpful staff or schedule an appointment.