Brightening your smile with a custom at home whitening kit

Here at Dr. Philip Openshaw’s office in Modesto, California we offer a custom fit whitening tray with a solution that you take home to whiten. We use Philips ZOOM! Nite White and Day White ACP: These are the only take-home whiteners with amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP), a proven enamel re-builder, and sensitivity-reducing potassium nitrate and fluoride. Our patients love this and the results they get with it. Here is a little more information about teeth whitening at home. Call us about our Spring Whitening special at (209) 524-4763.

At-Home Teeth Whitening:

When contemporary peroxide-based teeth whitening gained popularity in the early 1990s, it was limited to custom-made bleaching tray treatments that were available only at dental offices.

These whiteners set off what has become known as the “smile revolution,” and now dozens of whitening options are available for every budget and temperament – whether professionally dispensed, store-bought or sold on the Internet.

The consensus is that dentist-dispensed whitening trays, when used as directed, can be even more successful than in-office bleaching over the long haul.

A key reason is their ongoing use, combined with the fact that small amounts of bleach remain within the tooth structure for up to 36 hours. When a new dose of bleach is applied to a tooth retaining the previous day’s peroxide, its effect is greater.

Advantages of At-Home Teeth Whitening

Long-term results: Dental professionals agree that the only way to maintain your whitened teeth is with at-home bleaching products, repeated regularly – preferably every four to six months. But lately, many dentists are advising people with very dark-stained or tetracycline-affected teeth to continue home bleaching over a period of months (or up to a year) for optimal results. Talk to Dr. Openshaw about the treatment that will work best for you.

Convenience: You can do home whitening at any time of the day or night, for short or extended periods.

Portability: You can also use your custom trays while on the go or at the office. Perfect for people with a 15-30 minute (or longer) commute.

Cost: Over-the-counter whiteners range from $4 to $100, while dentist-dispensed products cost approximately $400. By contrast,in office whitening costs an average of $650 per session.

Must-Knows About At-Home Whitening

Although you can get over-the-counter whiteners without a dentist’s recommendation, if you over-use them or use them incorrectly, they can harm your tooth enamel and irritate your gum tissue. Also, over-bleaching can produce an undesirable bluish hue, chalky whiteness or uneven results (otherwise known as “the technicolor effect”).

Supervision by a dentist can prevent these problems. To ensure the health of your smile, see your dentist before choosing an over-the-counter tooth whitener and beginning the bleaching process. Dentists know a lot about these products and can help you choose the right one and use it correctly.

Also keep in mind:

The stronger the peroxide formula, the more rapid its effect; the weaker the formula, the longer it can remain on the teeth safely. A low-percentage bleach used overnight every night of the week will produce about the same results as a high-percentage “day-bleach” that stays on the teeth one hour per day for seven days.

The best time to begin at-home whitening is right after Mary’s prophylactic cleaning. This procedure removes the surface layer of plaque and grime that can interfere with bleaching. Call to schedule your visit with Mary at Dr. Openshaw’s office at 209-524-4763.

Dr Openshaw recommends brushing and flossing the teeth prior to any kind of at-home or on-the-go whitening.

For best results, don’t consume food or beverages (excluding water) for a couple of hours after whitening.

According to dental professionals, the best bleaching results come from dentist-dispensed take-home kits – particularly those that are used over extended periods. These kits contain higher percentages of bleach than over-the-counter kits and typically consist of:

Custom-fitted application trays made of a flexible plastic material. Custom trays cost about $200 and offer several benefits:

They help ensure that the bleach stays in contact with the teeth, for maximum whitening.

They help prevent saliva from coming into contact with the bleaching agent (which can dilute its strength).

They minimize the amount of bleach that can dribble onto (and potentially irritate) the gums.

Please feel free to call us with any questions you have about our custom at home whitening system. We call it our Brighten for Life for program with our patients. Ask about how you can get FREE WHITENING solution at your hygiene visits! Call us today! (209) 524-4763


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