Teeth Whitening in Fitchburg

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening, commonly referred to as bleaching, can be a very effective way to remove stains and discoloration from teeth. We use an in-office system- Zoom whitening, here at the office and then continue with a take-home system. We take impressions of your teeth to create whitening trays that you use at home once we complete the in-office phase. The take home allows you to maintain the whiteness and brightness that we attained while doing the in-office. We do only recommend once every 4-6 weeks for the touch up for maintenance. The products used, as long as used as directed are not only effective, but are safe for your teeth.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening, also called chairside bleaching, takes place during a series of appointments at a dentist’s office. Advantages of in-office teeth whitening over take-home whitening include:

  • Professional supervision
  • Fast
  • Safe and simple
  • No sensitivity

Take-Home Teeth Whitening Products

Take-home bleaching solutions can help improve the color and overall brightness of teeth. These kits are simpler and less expensive than, and can be just as effective as, in-office treatments. Dentists provide patients with customized impression trays, whitening powder and whitening gel, the use of which improves the appearance of teeth over just a few days.

Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening Products

Various over-the-counter products, such as whitening toothpastes and bleaching strips, are advertised as being effective teeth-whiteners. However, although based on the same science as professional bleaching, the concentration of effective ingredients tends to be much lower, lengthening treatment time and often not providing the level of whitening desired

Whitening procedures are effective but not permanent. Depending on the procedure used, whitening may fade over time. Patients are advised to avoid food and drinks that may stain or darken teeth.

Can Teeth Whitening Damage Your Teeth?

Most people encounter problems with teeth whitening when they don’t follow directions. Yes, you can cause damage to your teeth if you do not follow directions. The bleaching products can cause damage to the enamel- the outer coating of your teeth, if used too much or left on too long. Also, before starting any whitening, especially one that is bought in-store, we recommend an exam to make sure there are no issues with the teeth to start that could cause problems if whitening. We want to ensure there are no areas of decay/cavities, no roots exposed which can become sensitive , and no fillings. Fillings do not whiten, so you need to be aware that you may have dark spots which are old fillings.

Are Teeth Whitening Products Safe to Use?

Teeth whitening products are safe if used as directed. If not, there is the possibility of causing more damage to teeth. Whitening is an excellent service which does provide look that we all want- Whiter, Bright Teeth!!!

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