If you’ve ever felt embarrassed to smile because of stained teeth, you’re not alone. In fact, tooth discoloration is a leading concern among adults, especially as you age. Thankfully, you no longer need to feel the weight of brown or yellow teeth negatively impacting your self-esteem. As a skilled cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gabriel Nossa can revamp your smile and your confidence with Zoom! in-office teeth whitening in Gainesville, FL. After just one appointment, your pearly whites can become up to eight to ten shades brighter. Contact our dental office to schedule your consultation and get started!
Genetics can play a role in the color of your teeth; however, there are other factors at play as well, like your age. Over the years, the enamel of the teeth naturally becomes thinner, exposing the yellowish layer of dentin below. In addition, poor oral hygiene and certain lifestyle habits, like smoking or drinking coffee regularly, can stain your teeth.
No matter the cause of the discoloration, you’ve probably tried a few over-the-counter products to brighten your smile. While whitening toothpastes, strips, and mouth rinses claim to be an effective solution, they don’t contain professional-grade bleaching agents, so the results are minimal.
When you visit your cosmetic dentist in Gainesville for teeth whitening, you can expect a world of difference in the results. Plus, every treatment is personalized. This means that practically any adult who is interested in brightening their grin may be a good candidate for teeth whitening.
To begin the teeth whitening process, you’ll need to meet with Dr. Nossa for a consultation. During this visit, he’ll make sure that whitening is the right way to get rid of your tooth stains – severe discoloration might be better addressed with another cosmetic dentistry service, such as veneers. He’ll also evaluate your oral health to ensure there aren’t anu untreated issues, such as tooth decay, that must be treated before we can focus on the aesthetics of your grin.
Usually, you can expect the whitening appointment itself to take about one hour. First, your teeth are cleaned before a protective barrier is placed on your gums and lips to avoid any irritation. The whitening agent is applied to your teeth and the special dental light is used to activate the gel for three 15-minute intervals. We’ll apply a sensitivity-reducing gel to minimize any potential discomfort. At the end of your treatment, your teeth will be noticeably whiter.
After investing in professional teeth whitening, you’ll naturally want your results to last. To keep your smile bright, it’s best to stick to a “white diet” for the first few days following your treatment. Plain yogurt, chicken, and pasta are great options. Once this initial period has finished, try to avoid or limit foods and beverages that are notorious for discoloring teeth, such as coffee, wine, tea, and dark sauces. You should also strive to maintain excellent oral hygiene at home to prevent plaque from building up and yellowing your teeth. Lastly, be sure to visit Dr. Nossa at regular intervals for checkups and cleanings; he can also recommend whitening touch-ups to prevent your newly brightened smile from darkening again.