Our teeth go through a lot on a daily basis. They’re exposed to numerous substances, such as coffee and berries, that can discolor the enamel and lead to a yellow or dark appearance. When patients ask me how they can get rid of those stains and enjoy the confidence that comes with a brilliant, white set of teeth, I often recommend Zoom professional teeth whitening in Camp Hill. It is better than over-the-counter whitening options in a number of ways.
Effectiveness and Speed
Many OTC products, such as whitening gum, toothpaste, and mouth rinses, contain a low concentration of a bleaching agent. However, most of them just work on the surface of the teeth. The results they provide are mediocre at best, and it may take several weeks for you to notice that your teeth have changed color.
Professional Zoom whitening from your dentist provides superior results power because it uses a powerful bleaching agent that stays on your teeth for an extended period of time. It thus penetrates the enamel and breaks up even stains that have been there for years. If you choose this treatment, your teeth could become 3 – 4 shades whiter after your initial whitening session in our office. You can complete the whitening process at home with custom trays and whitening gel. Over the next week or two, your teeth will become even brighter.
Many OTC whitening products and DIY whitening methods are harmless. However, overusing them may lead to extreme tooth sensitivity or gum irritation. If you opt for professional whitening, I will examine your teeth to make sure they are healthy enough to undergo a cosmetic treatment. Then, my team and I will always be there to answer your questions throughout the whitening process. You won’t have to worry that your quest for a more beautiful smile will endanger your oral health.
After you use an OTC whitening product, you may find that your teeth lose their new luster very quickly; that’s because the product only removed surface stains. With the penetrating power of Zoom whitening, you can expect your new look to stay intact for much longer. Exactly how long it maintains its new beauty, however, depends largely on you. To make sure your results stay with you for as long as possible, please be sure to:
- Enjoy coffee, red wine, and other staining substances in moderation.
- Avoid all forms of tobacco use.
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and to receive personalized tips on how to keep your smile beautiful and healthy.
- Perform touch-ups with your at-home professional whitening kit.
As your local tooth care professional, your oral health is always my priority. However, I also want you to love the way your smile looks. When you come in for your next appointment, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have about teeth whitening.
About the Author
Dr. Rina Singh is proud to serve as your local cosmetic and general dentist. In addition to professional teeth whitening, she offers a wide range of other services that are designed to help you obtain and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. If you would like to talk to her about improving the appearance or functioning of your pearly whites, please contact our office at 717-761-0283.