Perhaps the most popular cosmetic dental treatment around the world is teeth whitening. During this procedure, surface stains are eliminated from the smile through the combined use of peroxide and UV radiation. When you visit Serene Dental, you get your choice of Philips® ZOOM! in-office care or take-home teeth whitening.
Perhaps the simplest way for our patients to have their teeth whitened is with the in-office Zoom! Teeth Whitening System. During treatment, our dentist will first perform a thorough dental cleaning and exam to remove surface plaque and any buildup that will affect care. A gum guard is then applied to protect the soft tissues.
Once your smile is ready, our dentist places a gel peroxide solution on the surface of your teeth. A special UV light is then projected onto the solution. Thanks to science, the peroxide starts to break down and releases pure oxygen. This oxygen seeps into the teeth and removes stains and discoloration from the enamel. The process is repeated three times over one hour. You can then leave with a smile that is eight shades whiter than before.
In-office treatments are not for everyone. If you would like a more affordable alternative that is still professionally certified, then we also offer take-home kits. Using the materials, you will be applying the same basic scientific principles used during our Zoom! treatment.
Take-home teeth whitening offers some benefits. One benefit is that it is done over several days instead of all at once. This reduces potential dental sensitivity and gives you more control over how white your teeth are after treatment.
Modern teeth whitening is a safe treatment. The materials used are designed to be low impact and avoid causing unwanted side effects such as the weakening of enamel. It is important to only use dentist-approved materials when whitening. Please avoid purchasing unsafe options through social media as these kits often have unsafe levels of chemicals packed into them.
If you are interested in finding a location with Zoom! or standard take-home teeth whitening near you, schedule an appointment with our office in Portland, OR, today. Our dentist will evaluate your smile and let you know if teeth whitening is right for you.