Who doesn’t want their smile to make a good first impression? A bright white smile is an instant beauty enhancer. However, the daily regime of things we eat and drink can cause staining to the teeth, no matter how diligent we are about brushing and flossing. That’s where we at Nicole Norris MD Medical Spa in Peru, IL, come in. We offer a high-tech teeth whitening service so you can get your pearly whites shining again in no time.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Take?
Most patients achieve their desired level of whiteness in just 1-2 sessions. The longevity of results varies from 6 months to 2 years, contingent on lifestyle factors. For those keen on preserving their radiant smiles, we provide a Whitening Pen for at-home use, an excellent maintenance tool for when you are exposed to teeth-staining substances.
Flexibility is paramount in catering to our clients’ needs. The 30-minute teeth brightening procedure can be scheduled alone or seamlessly integrated with other treatments offered in our office. Following the session, a brief 24-hour post-treatment regimen involves avoiding substances that could potentially stain your teeth—coffee, tobacco products, tea, colas, colored drinks, wine, beets, and tomato sauces.
The Swift Process of Professional Teeth Brightening
Unveiling a dazzling, white smile is a desire many cherish, and modern advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made it more accessible than ever. The FDA-approved teeth brightening system we offer boasts exceptional results, catering to a spectrum of staining culprits, from smoking to the inevitable imprints of daily indulgences like coffee, tea, or red wine. Notably, this treatment extends its efficacy to teeth marked by fluoride, medications, or genetic discoloration.
Before embarking on this transformative journey to a brighter smile, certain considerations must be taken into account. This procedure is not recommended for individuals who are pregnant, breastfeeding, under 16 years of age, or who have periodontal disease. Additionally, you should not have this treatment if you have any active cold sores or cuts in your mouth.
This treatment doesn’t extend its magic to any existing dental work, so if you have tooth-colored fillings or veneers, these are likely to remain their original color.
Gentle on Gums
Concerns about gum sensitivity post-treatment are common, but our approach minimizes such discomfort. A pre-treatment with Vitamin E gel serves as a protective measure, reducing the risk of gum sensitivity. The active ingredient, a hydrogen peroxide derivative, enhances efficacy and mitigates the likelihood of causing sensitive gums. This compound is ingeniously housed in a patented disposable mouthpiece, ensuring a smooth and efficient 30-minute procedure.
Innovative Light Acceleration
To elevate results, our procedure incorporates a patented LED whitening accelerator light. Unlike some alternatives, this light is free from harmful UV rays, prioritizing safety for gums, teeth, and skin. Its directed use during the treatment enhances the brightening process without compromising your well-being.
How and Why Does Teeth Whitening Work?
To understand why this treatment works and how it can be done without damaging the teeth, let’s first look at the composition of the teeth. Teeth are complex structures composed mainly of minerals, water, and organic matter. The primary components include:
The outermost layer of the tooth, primarily made of hydroxyapatite which is a crystalline structure rich in minerals like calcium and phosphate. Enamel provides strength and protects teeth.
Lies beneath the enamel, forming the bulk of the tooth structure. Dentin is porous and contains microscopic tubes that connect to the tooth’s nerve.
The innermost part of the tooth, containing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues.
Why the Process Works
Teeth whitening aims to remove stains and discoloration, primarily targeting the enamel. The process involves the use of whitening agents, often based on hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Here’s how it works:
Breaking Down Stains
Whitening agents penetrate the enamel, breaking down the molecules responsible for stains. These agents release oxygen, which interacts with the discolored compounds, causing them to break apart.
The oxygen released by the whitening agents enters the enamel and dentin, disrupting the chemical structures of the staining compounds. This process results in a reduction of discoloration.
Reflecting More Light
As stains are lifted, the enamel becomes more translucent, allowing more light to pass through and reflect off the underlying dentin. This increased reflectivity contributes to the perception of whiter teeth.
Importantly, teeth whitening is a non-invasive procedure that targets surface stains and does not alter the tooth’s structural composition. It is effective for extrinsic stains caused by external factors like food, beverages, and smoking.
Take the Swift Path to a Dazzling Smile
Discover the path to a luminous smile with our FDA-approved teeth brightening system, offering transformative results for stains from daily culprits like coffee, tea, and more. This advanced teeth whitening procedure caters to various discoloration sources, excluding certain conditions.
Explore how a 30-minute session, coupled with innovative technologies, delivers not only immediate radiance but also enduring brilliance. Get in touch with us at Nicole Norris MD Medical Spa in Peru, IL, where your journey to a vibrant smile begins.