Teeth Whitening in Torrington, CT
Teeth whitening can provide a dramatic difference in a short amount of time.
We have three whitening options to help you maintain a smile you’ll love. Our office offers a variety of Philips ZOOM!® whitening products.
ZOOM!® in Office
In-Office Bleaching usually requires only one office visit. A protective gel or a rubber shield is placed over the gums to protect the soft tissue. A bleaching agent containing carbamide peroxide is applied to the teeth, and a specialized light is then used to enhance the action of the whitening agent. This is the fastest way to achieve results.
UV Light and Gel
When used in teeth-whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth-bleaching agents. c
Custom Whitening Trays
At-Home bleaching requires an impression of the teeth to be taken to make a customized mouth guard to hold the whitening gel, containing carbide peroxide, against the teeth. Once the mouth guard is made, it is worn for a period of time, as instructed by our office. The amount of time may vary from a couple hours a day, or all night, to up to four weeks or longer, if desired.
This in-office whitening treatment uses a laser to facilitate the whitening process and allows the dentist to customize aspects of the treatment to the patients needs.
Why should I whiten through my dentist?
The most common concern is temporary teeth sensitivity, but lots of advances have been made in recent years to help combat this. Philips ZOOM!® WhiteSpeed has adjustable intensity settings to help maximize patient comfort, and 99% of patients experience little to no sensitivity. Also, Philips ZOOM!® DayWhite and NiteWhite have a special formula with built-in potassium nitrate and ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate), which are known desensitizers. These special ingredients make your enamel smoother and more lustrous as well. We highly recommend that you brush with a sensitivity formula toothpaste like Fluoridex™ Daily Defense Sensitivity Relief for two weeks prior to whitening, and that you take ibuprofen on the day of your treatment.
What are the possible side effects?
The most common side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity. Your dentist is your best resource to ensure that you are a good candidate for whitening and that you are using the right concentration of whitening formula. Philips ZOOM!® at-home whitening products have two mild desensitizing agents, potassium nitrate and Amorphous Calcium Phosphate (ACP), to minimize tooth sensitivity.
What kind of results should I expect?
While results vary from person to person, your smile will be noticeably whiter with Philips ZOOM!®. With Philips ZOOM!® WhiteSpeed, you can get up to eight shades whiter teeth in one 45-minute office visit. Philips ZOOM!® DayWhite and NiteWhite offer a dramatically whiter smile in one to two weeks. And unlike over-the-counter options, your dentist will work hand in hand with you until you’re completely satisfied with your results.
How long will my whitening results last?
That’s all dependent on your genetics and habits, but generally around a year. Drinking staining foods or beverages and smoking can limit your results, but you can easily keep your smile shining between treatments with the provided at-home whitening trays. And brushing with a whitening toothbrush like Philips™ Sonicare DiamondClean can help maintain your results.