What is involved in the teeth whitening procedure for San Jose area patients?
Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways for patients to make a dramatic improvement in their smiles. Patients with discoloration from coffee, teas, and dark or acidic foods can use teeth whitening treatments to bring forth a whiter, brighter smile and increased self-confidence.
Dr. Lokhandwala of StarBrite Dental offers several methodologies to help patients see their smiles shine! Let’s take a look at the different teeth whitening procedures.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Dr. Lokhandwala uses two popular systems for in-office teeth whitening – ZOOM Advanced Light and Sapphire Plasma Arc Light. These chair side treatments are safe and proven effective. The StarBrite Dental team uses them regularly to brighten the smiles of patients. These procedures require the patient to schedule a visit to the office of approximately one hour for teeth whitening, start to finish. Patients rest comfortably in the dentist’s chair while a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth. Gums are protected with a barrier gel. The specialized light activates the bleaching elements and whitens teeth up to eight shades brighter by the end of the visit. In-office whitening is ideal for busy patients or an upcoming special event.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Patients also have the option of at-home teeth whitening. An initial visit allows Dr. Lokhandwala to fabricate custom whitening trays. The trays are made from impressions of the teeth, so they fit snugly and comfortably. That allows the whitening gel to achieve full coverage and stay where it belongs. Patients use the whitening trays and professional grade bleaching gel every day for approximately thirty minutes to gradually improve the whiteness of the smile. With this method, patients have much more control over the level of brightness.
The techniques may be used in combination for a dramatic and lasting transformation. With either in-office whitening or at-home whitening, patients may want to continue periodic treatments to maintain those beautiful results.
Dr. Lokhandwala of StarBrite Dental in the San Jose and Fremont area has committed herself to improving the smiles of patients. She knows that great smiles allow them to feel more confident and self-assured in their appearance, and with their oral health. She is happy to assist both new and existing patients in smile rejuvenation with safe and effective methods of bleaching, as well as other cosmetic and general dentistry procedures to address imperfections.