Dr. David Wilhite

QUESTION: I would like to whiten my teeth.

How does it work?

Dr. David Wilhite says:

For 25 to 30 years patients have been whitening their teeth in dental offices.

We have been using the ZOOM products for many years now and have gone through many generations of their equipment and materials.

Prior to any whitening procedure, a thorough cleaning is recommended.

This removes the plaque and tartar from the teeth so that the whitening solution is in more intimate contact with the teeth, thus enhancing the results. The cleaning should be done no more than a week before your whitening appointment with the same day being the best.

On the day of your whitening appointment, your teeth will be isolated to protect your lips and gums before the whitening gel is applied to your teeth.

After the gel is applied, a ZOOM whitening light is placed in close proximity to the teeth. The gel is changed periodically for 2-4 sessions.

Some people call this laser whitening but that is an incorrect term. In the early days of whitening, a laser was used with a few products, but it rapidly fell out of favor due to its harshness and subsequent sensitivity. Today only visible light is used.

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Some people with extremely sensitive teeth cannot tolerate this procedure and need a modified version of the light assisted whitening called EZ White. A similar gel is used, but the light intensity is lower. In an extremely low number of cases, only the whitening gel in custom made trays will work with the patient’s sensitivity.

Prior to whitening, it needs to be understood that only tooth structure is whitened, no dental restorations are whitened.

Most patients are quite willing to change out old restorations to match their newly whitened teeth. The patient needs to wait 7-10 days after whitening before any restorations are done. This allows time for the whitening chemicals to dissolve out of the teeth and for the newly whitened shade to stabilize.

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