Eating and drinking items like tea, coffee, berries, and similar foods are the most common reason teeth turn yellow or become discolored. However, several factors can cause discoloration. Smoking and tobacco use often produce the starkest discoloration. Specialized treatments used by Dr. Lai to whiten teeth can rid a patient of stains and make teeth look brighter. In some cases, the staining is found on the inside of the tooth. This can be the result of a trauma inflicted on the tooth, taking certain medicines for a prolonged time, and having several dental procedures performed on the same tooth. In these situations, internal bleaching treatments or a veneer or crown will be needed to restore the white tooth surface.
Before the whitening treatment is performed, Dr. Lai will examine the teeth and gums for any signs of damage or decay. If any areas of concern are discovered, they will be addressed and cleaned before the bleaching process. When the treatment is used, a sophisticated, light-activated gel made with hydrogen peroxide is applied to teeth to lighten them. This special Zoom® gel works when it is activated by a unique light. A retainer is used to hold back the patient’s lips, ensuring that each tooth is coated evenly with the gel and hit with the same amount of light. This way no one tooth is brighter than another. Once finished, the gel is cleaned off, and the lip retainer is removed. Remarkable whitening results are achieved in as little as 15 minutes and can be seen right away.
At PreZen Dental, the whitening methods used by Dr. Lai have been researched and perfected to make sure they brighten teeth without any adverse effects. These are established, state-of-the-art teeth whitening treatments which offer patients the best possible brightening effects without any damaging healthy tooth tissue. Tooth sensitivity can occur after the treatment. However, this is minimal and will go away quickly.
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