Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental treatments requested today, providing a quick and economical smile makeover for that special occasion or a more youthful appearance. A smile is often the first impression we make, and a bright white smile has been proven to have a positive impact on both social and professional interaction.
Annapolis cosmetic dentist Dr. Maria Colucciello offers both in office and take home teeth whitening with professional grade bleaching agents that can erase the natural darkening that occurs with age and the effects of lifestyle habits on tooth color.
Teeth Whitening: What To Consider
Dr. Colucciello will meet with you to evaluate your oral health and discuss your concerns and cosmetic goals to determine that teeth whitening is right for you. We offer Zoom Teeth Whitening and Opalescence, both of which yield results far superior to over the counter options.
In most cases, teeth whitening can remove tooth darkening and staining as a result of tobacco use and dark beverages. If teeth whitening is not considered an option due to tooth stains from certain medications or genetic factors, Dr. Colucciello offers other cosmetic options, including porcelain veneers.
The Zoom Whitening procedure is simple and painless. The special gel was developed by Discus Dental, leaders in professional tooth whitening. The active ingredient in Zoom is pH balanced hydrogen peroxide that, when activated by a special light, gently penetrate teeth to remove deep stains and discoloration.
For in-office whitening, we recommend patients start with a cleaning. Next, we prepare the mouth for the whitening procedure by isolating the lips and gums. The proprietary Zoom Whitening gel is applied to the teeth, which is activated by a specially designed light.
Zoom Whitening Results
Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter – sometimes more! A five minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You will be amazed with the results. In most cases, your teeth will continue to whiten in the first few days following the procedure.
Opalescence: What To Expect
Your Opalescence take home teeth whitening treatment will provide gradual results using custom fit bleaching trays made from impressions taken in our Annapolis dentist office.
Opalescence tooth whitening gel is specially formulated with potassium nitrate and fluoride to reduce tooth sensitivty and strengthen enamel. This helps to not only improve the beauty of your smile, but the health as well!
How It Works
The active ingredient in Opalescence whitening gel is either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide (depending on the treatment selected). As oxygen molecules from the whitening agents penetrate the tooth enamel, they spread, breaking apart stains and whitening the entire tooth.