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Teeth Whitening

At Connolly Family Dentistry, we can brighten your teeth and instantly enhance your smile using the Zoom! teeth whitening system. Did you know that many things we do on a regular basis contribute to discolored teeth? Enamel is porous, and often absorbs pigments from food and drinks. Teeth can become stained by nicotine, coffee, tea, red wine, certain antibiotics and infections. Tooth color can also be affected by heredity, aging, and injury. If you want to recreate a bright white, youthful smile, Zoom! teeth whitening from our Sewell dental team can help.

Teeth Whitening 101

The lightening of tooth color through the application of chemical agents to oxidize the organic pigmentation of a tooth is called bleaching. Most tooth whitening systems use either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in different concentrations. These solutions oxidize the organic pigments in the tooth enamel surface. Some side effects include mild tooth sensitivity and gum tissue irritation.

Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, discoloration that occurs as a result of thinning tooth enamel may not be effectively brightened with teeth whitening. If you’ve had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth, the whitener will not affect the materials. That means that they will be more obvious in a newly whitened smile. If the teeth whitening services available at Connolly Family Dentistry won’t brighten your smile, then we invite you to consider our other cosmetic dentistry options.

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In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening service at our Sewell dental practice utilizes the Zoom! system, one of the leading professional teeth whitening systems on the market today. At Connolly Family Dentistry, we can brighten your smile up to ten shades in about one hour. If you have mild to severe discolorations and want immediate results, our in-office teeth whitening treatment may be just right for you. Zoom! uses a proprietary teeth whitening a gel that is applied to teeth and then activated with a special light. We can customize your concentration of active whitening agent to ensure the desired result with three 20 minute in-office applications for most patients. The low heat light accelerates the chemical reaction that lifts stains and whitens teeth. The results are immediate and long lasting, and your smile will look amazing!

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Connolly Family Dentistry also offers Sewell patients the convenience of take-home Zoom! teeth whitening kits. If you have mild discolorations, desire teeth a few shades whiter, or want to touch up the results of your in-office Zoom! whitening, these treatments may be right for you. If you’re willing to devote time to an at-home regimen, these professional whitening treatments can deliver the same results as in-office teeth whitening over the course of one or more weeks. This gradual whitening process also decreases risk for dental sensitivity. Our teeth whitening kits include carbamide peroxide gels (solutions range from 10% to 25% depending on your whitening needs) and custom-fitted trays made in our dental office. Patients should wear their whitening gel in the trays for between 30 minutes and one hour a day, and the average treatment takes about two weeks.