Transform Your Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening from Philadelphia Dentistry

If you are seeking the fastest, most effective way to get a brighter, more beautiful smile, it’s time to consider professional teeth whitening. You can choose to get your teeth whitened at the Philadelphia Dentistry office of Dr. Ken Cirka, Dr. Mimi Jeon, or Dr. Evan Ridge, or you can whiten your teeth on your own time at home with customized tray bleaching. The result of this popular and affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure – made possible by your Philadelphia dentists – will be a stunning, new smile that transforms your face and makes you look and feel happier.

When You Want a Whiter Smile Now

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Teeth whitening is a painless and incredibly satisfying procedure that offers immediate results. At Philadelphia Dentistry, we offer one of the fastest teeth whitening treatments in Philadelphia.The ZOOM! teeth whitening process is designed to make teeth multiple shades whiter in about an hour. When you want to pursue this treatment, you can expect an appointment with your Philadelphia dentist to include a variation of the following:

  • Teeth cleaning: The best surface for a teeth-whitening treatment is a clean surface. A dental hygienist will thoroughly remove plaque and tartar so your teeth are prepared for the best possible smile makeover results.
  • Oral exam: Your dentist needs to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy before proceeding with any cosmetic dentistry treatments. This exam is done to confirm that there is no gum disease, tooth decay, cracked teeth, or other oral health problems.
  • Restorative procedures: If any gum recession, tooth decay, or other problems are found, they will need to be treated before teeth whitening is done. These steps may make you impatient, but it’s important for the best teeth-whitening results and the health of your teeth to tend to any problem areas first.
  • Careful prep: When the time comes to do the ZOOM! teeth whitening, your lips and gums will be covered carefully so that the bleaching agents do not cause irritation or sensitivity.
  • The ZOOM! in-office tooth whitening treatment: The whitening treatment begins with a whitening agent being applied to the front surfaces of your teeth. A laser light is carefully positioned and programmed to activate the bleaching agents. A complete ZOOM! whitening treatment usually consists of four 15-minute whitening sessions. Your teeth will be an average of 10 shades whiter. And this one-time whitening treatment will last up to 10 years. Fast and effective, ZOOM! whitening is the lunch-break teeth whitening treatment that is worth the investment.

When You Want to Whiten Your Teeth in the Privacy of Your Home

Customized tray bleaching is one of the best teeth-whitening methods for patients who have experienced tooth sensitivity in the past. With the tray bleaching option, you are given take-home custom trays and bleaching gel – and complete instructions for how to carry out the whitening on your own time.

You are in control of your whitening process, so the results will depend on your dedication and willingness to follow directions. Done correctly, your teeth can be about six shades whiter than they were. The whitening only needs to be done 10 minutes a day for seven to 10 days, and the results will last up to two years.

The customized bleaching trays are far more powerful than any over-the-counter whitening treatments you can purchase at your local drugstore. Only the bleaching trays from your Philadelphia dentist have the powerful whitening agents of carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide that will give you the brighter teeth you want. Professional teeth whitening is designed to separate stain molecules within your enamel and give you a long-lasting white smile.

Does Professional Teeth Whitening Work for Everyone?

If your teeth have been stained by smoking, drinking coffee, poor oral hygiene, or medication, or have yellowed with age, professional teeth whitening treatments can usually brighten your teeth quickly and effectively. There are some conditions, however, in which teeth whitening is not the best cosmetic dentistry option.

Your Philadelphia dentist will identify whether you are a good teeth-whitening candidate before proceeding with any treatment. What you need to know:

  • Not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening. Some people have teeth that are naturally dull in color and have nothing to do with stains or aging. In this case, the best solutions for whiter teeth are porcelain veneers or Lumineers.
  • If you are born with thin tooth enamel that is not especially strong, your teeth may have a yellow tint. This type of enamel also makes you more likely to develop tooth stains, even if you brush and floss every day and see your Philadelphia dentist every six months.
  • If you have intrinsic tooth stains that are within the tooth enamel, they will require a different cosmetic dentistry treatment because whitening will not affect the stains. Extrinsic tooth stains, however, are on the surface of your teeth and usually respond to powerful teeth-whitening.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Is a Candidate for Tooth Whitening?

Both professional and at-home tooth whitening treatments can be effective for almost everyone, but not every patient is an ideal candidate for this treatment. Tea and coffee drinkers, tobacco users, and people with yellowing or stained teeth will see the most visible improvement from their tooth whitening treatments.

If you are someone with periodontal disease, a history of oral cancer, or if you have extremely worn-down enamel, you may not be an eligible candidate for this procedure.

Are There Any Side Effects of Tooth Whitening?

The most common side effect of teeth whitening is increased tooth sensitivity. The effects of consuming extremely hot or extremely cold foods like tea, coffee, or soup will be felt more easily after teeth whitening treatments. However, this sensitivity typically disappears within a few days after treatment. 

Other side effects from teeth whitening include gum irritation, redness, and soreness in the mouth. These side effects are all temporary and will independently disappear within a week.

How Can I Prepare for a Tooth Whitening Procedure?

Preparing for a tooth whitening treatment may help you achieve better results and avoid complications. We recommend patients do the following before beginning teeth whitening treatment:

Be diligent about your dental visits.

It is recommended that patients visit their dentist at least every six months. Routine, professional cleaning is beneficial for your oral health. Even if you have a great oral routine, professional cleaning will help address dental cavities, weakened enamel, and other dental issues you can’t otherwise see or treat at home.

Do not use over-the-counter products.

While teeth whitening can be done at home, avoid over-the-counter whitening products. Only use dentist-recommended whitening treatments, or seek out a professional tooth whitening session to avoid complications and risks.

Have realistic expectations about your results.

Teeth whitening is designed to lighten the color of your teeth and get it back to as naturally white as possible. However, if you have severe stains or stains caused by injury or damage to a tooth, you may need other types of dental treatment such as dental veneers or bonding. To get the most out of your tooth whitening treatment, it’s important to maintain realistic expectations.

How Long Do the Results of a Tooth Whitening Last?

While tooth whitening treatment is not permanent, it can last anywhere between a few months to up to three years, depending on your dietary habits and oral hygiene routine. Results from tooth whitening will vary from person to person but by avoiding staining foods and drinks and keeping up with brushing and flossing daily, you can maximize the duration of your tooth whitening results.

What Causes Teeth Stains?

Foods and beverages that can cause tooth stains include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Berries
  • Red wine
  • Soy sauce
  • Tomato sauce

Daily lifestyle habits may also cause a yellowing or browning of the teeth. These habits include: 

  • Smoking
  • Tobacco use
  • Poor oral hygiene

How Can I Prevent Yellowing or Staining My Teeth?

While teeth whitening treatments are highly effective, there are many things people can do to prevent staining your teeth in the first place. These things include:

  • Prioritizing a good oral hygiene routine by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day
  • Avoid smoking and tobacco
  • Avoid staining foods
  • Visit your dentist for cleaning and check-ups regularly
  • Take care of any oral pain and issues you may be experiencing

Get Professional Teeth Whitening at Philadelphia Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry can bring many positive changes to a smile’s appearance. You don’t need to have perfect teeth to qualify for teeth whitening. Even teeth that are crooked or imperfect will look markedly better with a whitening treatment. Knowing that your teeth are whiter will improve your confidence, which in turn can improve your professional, social, and personal relationships. One hour in the dental office of Dr. Cirka, Dr. Jeon & Dr. Ridge, and your life can change dramatically, all thanks to one professional teeth-whitening treatment.

To find out which teeth whitening treatment options will benefit you and your smile the most, contact Philadelphia Dentistry in Center City today. Call (215) 568-6222 to schedule your free first appointment for tooth whitening or other cosmetic treatments today.

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