Teeth whitening - bleaching treatment, tooth whitening results



In Fountain Hills and across the U.S. one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry is teeth whitening. A bright smile not only makes you more appealing to members of the opposite sex but also radiates youth, health, and warmth. Given that tooth whitening can be accomplished several ways, its low cost, its popularity as a quick fix for boosting your appearance is certainly understandable.

How does Tooth Whitening Work?

There are three basic methods to whiten your teeth: whitening toothpaste, various over the counter take-home bleaching products and chairside treatment at your dentist’s office. Recently there has been a fourth option: tooth-whitening centers in non-medical surroundings such as on cruise ships. However, these have come under criticism due to the lack of supervision by dental personnel.

Unlike other tooth-whitening methods, whitening toothpaste does not rely upon bleach to whiten, but generally relies on special abrasives.  These abrasives can actually ‘rub-off’ tooth enamel, making toothpaste a less-than ideal method of whitening your teeth. Whitening toothpaste also takes two to six weeks to have an effect.

After whitening toothpaste, consumers can choose between take home whitening kits or chairside (dentist applied) applications.  A couple of considerations:

Over the counter take-home tooth whitening relies entirely on applying peroxide bleach to the tooth surface, applied either as gel in a tray, a treated strip or painting the bleach on the tooth surface. To try to prevent damage from overexposure, concentration of the active agent is much lower than chairside applications. Unsurprisingly then, while take-home products may be a course of treatment over 2-4 weeks, chairside treatment is complete in just 1 visit.

There are also many types of in-office tooth whitening. Generally speaking, chairside tooth whitening involves the dentist isolating the teeth a liquid dam or gel to protect the gums and using a lip retractor.  A bleaching agent (usually involving 40% peroxide) will then be applied to the teeth.  In some cases a type of light will then be shone on the teeth which interacts with chemicals in the bleaching agent.

Is Tooth Whitening Safe?

Generally teeth whitening is safe but there have been adverse effects reported on hard and soft tissues and restorative materials in the mouth. Accordingly, the American Dental Association’s position is that consulting with your dentist is very important.

The ADA recommends that if you choose to use a bleaching product, you should only do so after consultation with a dentist. This is especially important for patients with many fillings, crowns, and extremely dark stains.


In office tooth whitening at Parkview Dentistry is also less dangerous as we will apply a liquid dental dam to your gums which greatly decreases the chance of the bleaching material escaping and causing tissue irritation.  Home treatment, unlike in-office treatment, has also been criticized because of the risk of overexposure to bleaching agents.  There are some reports that overexposure could lead to longer term sensitivity, but not much scientific information is available. Concerns have also been raised about at home bleaching where there are undiagnosed oral health problems.

What is the Best Tooth Whitening?

Philips Zoom! is simply the best in-office whitening procedure. I’ve used it on my friends and family to give them a boost before social events and they have been thrilled with the results.

When combined with the pH booster in the whitening gel, WhiteSpeed’s advanced blue LED light-activated technology greatly accelerates the whitening process, delivering dramatic results everyone will love in just one office visit. This is sometimes referred to as laser teeth whitening.

Watch this video for a step-by-step walk through of the Philips Zoom process and call our office for more information and to schedule an appointment today.

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