Teeth Whitening In Orlando
At Elite Dentistry
If you’re self-conscious about your smile due to stains, Dr. Ashy and the team at Elite Dentistry can help with expert whitening services. We provide high-quality in-office and take-home whitening with Rembrandt and Zoom! Whitening products to help restore your smile and your confidence. Schedule an appointment today to enhance your smile!
What is Rembrandt In-Office Teeth Whitening?
For our in-office whitening procedures, we use professional-grade Rembrandt whitening products. The treatment will begin by cleaning your teeth and removing plaque, food particles and other debris.
Next, Dr. Ashy will use retractors to keep your cheeks and lips away from your teeth, and apply a protective compound to your gums. After this, he will apply the Rembrandt bleaching gel to your teeth. This gel contains unique whitening crystals and a desensitizing agent to keep you comfortable. Then, he will use a special light to activate the crystals and whiten your teeth.
The gel will then be rinsed away. This process may be repeated, depending on the desired color and brightness of you enamel. You’ll see beautiful results immediately after your procedure is complete!
What Are The Benefits Of Zoom! Take-Home Teeth Whitening?
If you would rather whiten your teeth at home, we also offer custom Zoom! take-home teeth whitening kits. Dr. Ashy will build a set of customized trays that fit your teeth, and give you professional-grade whitening gel to wear in the comfort of your own home.
With Zoom! take-home whitening, you’ll get better results compared to over-the-counter (OTC) whitening kits and you can brighten your smile on when it’s most convenient for you, without ever having to sit in the dentist’s chair! You can also whiten your teeth gradually over a period of a few weeks, which makes it less obvious that you have had your teeth whitened.
Does Teeth Whitening Have Any Side Effects?
The only common side effect of teeth whitening is tooth
sensitivity. The hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide used to whiten your teeth can make your teeth feel more sensitive to heat and cold. This will usually go away within a week or so, but it can persist longer for some patients. You can use Sensodyne or a similar anti-sensitivity toothpaste to help with this.
How Can I Maintain My Newly-Whitened Teeth?
We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, as well as visiting Dr. Ashy for regular six-month cleanings to prevent stains from building up on your teeth. In addition, you may want to consider reducing your intake of staining beverages like coffee, tea, wine, and cola. You can also drink these through a straw to avoid contact with your teeth, and prevent the buildup of stains.
Beyond this, we recommend using a whitening toothpaste and whitening mouthwash to help keep your smile bright. You can also come in for yearly touch-up treatments at Elite Dentistry to make sure your smile always looks its best.
Does Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?
Yes, tooth sensitivity is a common side effect following a teeth whitening treatment. However, it is not something that is a cause for concern. The reason hypersensitivity occurs following teeth whitening is because the treatment works by demineralizing your teeth to increase porosity.
This is what enables the whitening agent to penetrate deeper into the teeth to break apart staining compounds. However, in doing so, this exposes microtubules in the teeth, which are connected to your tooth’s nerves that are responsible for sensation.
They are on hyper-alert until your teeth naturally remineralize themselves within a couple of days. There are steps you can take to prevent or relieve sensitivity from teeth whitening, including:
- Take anti-inflammatory pain medication before your whitening
- Choosing the lower concentration whitening treatment (take-home whitening)
- Use a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth
- Avoid hot and cold foods and drinks
- Avoid spicy, sweet, and sour foods
- Use a desensitizing gel
- Reduce the frequency of your whitening treatments
- If using take-home whitening trays, don’t leave them on for as long
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
Teeth whitening lasts for a minimum of 6 months but with proper care and maintenance, can last up to 3 years. As long as you regularly brush, floss, avoid staining foods and drinks, don’t smoke, and attend dental cleanings every 6 months, you will be able to keep your teeth white and bright for a long time.
Tips for Maintaining a Whiter Smile
Your teeth can be discolored from tooth decay, plaque buildup, tobacco, and surface stains from your diet. Foods and drinks that are highly pigmented, dark in color, and acidic are likely to cause surface stains on your teeth. Reduce your consumption of these or try to drink through a straw.
A good oral hygiene routine is necessary to maintain a white smile. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove food particles and bacteria.
Floss once a day with thread floss or a water flosser. This will help prevent plaque from forming between your teeth and causing cavities. Finally, the ADA recommends going to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning every 6 months.
At a dental cleaning, we brush your teeth with a high-powered electric toothbrush and gritty toothpaste, we scale away any plaque and tartar that have built up on your teeth, floss, and apply fluoride varnish to remineralize your teeth and protect them from cavities.
We highly discourage any of our patients from smoking in general, because it not only discolors your teeth, but it causes a range of oral health problems, like tooth decay and gum disease. It will also ruin the results of your whitening treatment.