To accommodate your dental needs, our dentist at Deer Creek Family Dental Care in Overland Park, Kansas, offers numerous teeth whitening treatments. Please review the treatment options that we offer below, and consult with our dentist to find which option is suitable for you.
Take-Home Whitening Trays
Take-home whitening trays are a type of teeth whitening procedure that you can perform at the comfort of your home. This is an easy and cost-effective teeth whitening treatment that can be easily obtained. You must follow the instructions given by our dentist to see the results at home. Although they can be a convenient option, obtaining great results can take longer than other treatments and they don’t always work well for deep stains. These trays are custom made to go over your teeth, and whiten your teeth through a special gel that is found on the inside of the trays.
These trays, once made for you, can then be taken home as a teeth whitening kit, along with the guidelines given by our dentist. The time period that they must remain on your teeth can vary according to your teeth whitening needs.
How Take-home Whitening Trays Work
Custom whitening trays are trays that are clear and are usually made of a clear plastic that comfortably adjust when inserted. A small dollop of gel is inserted in each tray, giving them their whitening properties. The gel consists of a hydrogen peroxide solution that actively whitens the enamel of the teeth.
After they have been used and are taken off, they need to be cleaned with a Q-tip or a cloth and rinsed. This makes them ready to be used again. It is not recommended to use them for at least another day, after each application.
These whitening trays can be used several times to achieve the desired results. Our dentist can further advice on how many times they should be used in your case.
Zoom! In-Office Whitening
One of our most popular teeth whitening treatments, because of its rapid results and efficiency, is the Zoom whitening treatment. This a treatment that can lighten your teeth significantly in just one session, a favorite for many. Please contact us to learn more in detail how this revolutionary procedure works.
How the Zoom! In-Office Whitening System Works
First, the dentist performs a comprehensive exam, meant to highlight any dental problems that need to be addressed before getting a whitening treatment done. This ensures that the Zoom whitening procedure works as effectively as possible and prevents any future damage to the teeth. If no such conditions are found, then our dentist performs a teeth cleaning procedure, priming the teeth for the application of the whitening gel.
Our dentist then applies mouth spacers to prevent the cheeks or lips from coming into contact with the teeth. This is necessary to protect the softer tissue from the whitening agent in order to prevent any irritation.
Then, the teeth whitening gel is applied to the teeth. This gel consists of a hydrogen peroxide solution that serves as the active ingredient to whiten teeth.
After the gel has been applied, our dentist focuses a bright ultraviolet light on the teeth. This light acts as a catalyst and causes oxygen to be produced through a chemical reaction within the gel. This oxygen permeates the upper layer of the teeth and bleaches them from within. The upper layer of the teeth is also bleached in this way. The oxygen works to remove the stains both on top and within the enamel.
Afterwards, our dentist cleans away the Zoom whitening gel, and the procedure concludes.
Please remember that while the teeth whitening procedures mentioned in this article certainly work and have been proven to be effective, they are meant to accompany a good oral hygiene regime. It is very important to always maintain proper oral hygiene. This not only helps you get naturally whiter teeth over time, but it also maintains the results of your teeth whitening treatment and prevents stains from developing or darkening.
Always consult with our dentist before deciding on any of teeth whitening procedures mentioned above.
Contact Deer Creek Family Dental Care in Overland Park, Kansas, to schedule an appointment with our dentist today. Our trained staff are here to answer any questions you may have. We hope to hear from you soon and that you choose us be part of your journey to a brighter and more confident smile!