There’s no reason to hide your smile because of discolored teeth. Eric N. Bloom, DDS, offers Philips Zoom! teeth whitening at his practice in Glenview, Illinois. The Zoom! process delivers remarkable whitening in a single 45-minute session. Additional, personalized take-home options are also available. When whitening is performed by Dr. Bloom, you get better, longer-lasting results with fewer complications like irritated gums. If stained teeth are keeping you from smiling, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bloom by calling or booking online.
As you age, the enamel on your teeth wears down, and the inner portion (root) tends to darken, so tooth discoloration is a natural consequence of getting older. However, a number of other factors common to everyday life can accelerate this process.
Years of drinking coffee, tea, and red wine cause tooth discoloration. The colored pigments in these drinks bond to tooth enamel.
Acidic foods and drinks, such as carbonated soda, sports drinks, coffee, pickles, tomatoes, citrus fruit, and liquor also contribute to the problem by eroding your enamel, which itself causes discoloration and makes it easier for pigments from elsewhere to bond permanently to your teeth.
Tobacco products like cigarettes, vape pens, or chewing tobacco contain nicotine and tar that stain teeth a yellow-brown color.
It’s important to get a dental checkup before using teeth whitening products, even the over-the-counter kinds available at the supermarket or pharmacy. You may have sensitivities that should be handled by a professional, and some dental problems can significantly affect the success of whitening. For example, if cavities aren’t treated before whitening, the whitening solution can penetrate the decayed areas and hurt the soft inner tissue of your tooth.
You need to be sure that visible discoloration is from a stain that responds to whitening products. Not all discoloration is the same. If tooth enamel is severely eroded, you may need a cosmetic treatment like veneers. If you have receding gums, your exposed roots may appear yellow, but whitening won’t make them whiter and you risk further gum irritation.
Visiting Dr. Bloom for a whitening procedure has several advantages beyond the quality of care and expert service. You even get a full exam and cleaning prior to whitening to get the best results.
First, Dr. Bloom protects your lips and gums so they’re not irritated by the bleaching agent. Second, the procedure used in his office — Philips Zoom! — produces better results more quickly. Even those with sensitive teeth can tolerate the Zoom! process.
When you come in for teeth whitening, Dr. Bloom explains how the process works, then begins by removing tartar and surface stains. Using a color chart or digital photography, the color of your teeth is recorded so you can compare the results.
The Zoom! procedure uses a whitening gel together with the Zoom! WhiteSpeed light, which speeds up the process by helping the bleaching agent break up stains. After 15 minutes, the gel is removed so Dr. Bloom can check the results. Most people need three gel applications, so the entire treatment takes about 45-60 minutes.
If you’re thinking about whitening your teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bloom by calling or booking online.