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West Bloomfield area dentist explains the teeth whitening procedure


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Caring for Dental Crowns Farmington Hills - Smiling Teeth You can safely get a dramatically whiter smile in a single, 90-minute visit to your Farmington Hills dental provider, Richard S. Bernstein D.D.S.

What is this whitening powerhouse?

In-office teeth whitening with the Philips ZOOM! system is a terrific alternative to our effective yet gradual professional treatments prescribed by our dentist and applied at home.

The slew of store-bought pastes, chewing gum, and other products typically do not contain enough of the active whitening agent to brighten your smile. Products such as one-size-fits-all whitening trays can irritate the delicate gum tissues, and may cause painful and disruptive tooth sensitivity.

While at-home trays prescribed by Dr. Bernstein are safe, comfortable, and effective due to their being fitted to your mouth, you must follow instructions as directed by the dentist. You will begin to see results gradually over a few days instead of within a few hours, as is the case with in-office systems. The doctor may suggest take-home trays to help you keep the dazzlingly beautiful results of your in-office treatment.

There are many reasons you may opt to get whitening at the office instead of at home, including:

  • Dramatic yet personalized results — Since Dr. Bernstein supervises the application of the whitening gel, a stronger solution can safely be used than what is available for other like treatment options. You can opt to have your teeth bleached many shades whiter than their natural color or you may wish to whiten teeth back to their natural shade.
  • No time commitment — Whereas customized home trays whiten or bleach over time, the doctor uses a specialized ZOOM! light in combination with the whitening gel to quickly break up surface stains and discoloration.
  • Sensitivity? No problem — Before the gel and light are applied, Dr. Bernstein and his team will prepare for the procedure by protecting the gums and surrounding tissues. The light used to speed up the activation of the whitener produces minimal heat.
Keep in mind that any elective procedures must be performed on healthy teeth. Some brown, yellow, or black spots on the tooth may be signs of decay and other damage requiring more extensive procedures, such as root canal therapy and crowns to restore the tooth.

Since not all stains are the same, Dr. Bernstein may recommend other procedures to get a whiter, brighter smile. For instance, some stains may present as gray or blue-ish discoloration and even patches that are whiter than the surrounding teeth. These intrinsic stains are produced by some types of medications and excessive fluoride use, especially in youth. Porcelain veneers are an attractive way to cover these types of stains.

Schedule an appointment at Richard S. Bernstein D.D.S. to find out if you are a good candidate for in office teeth whitening in Farmington Hills. Dr. Bernstein can walk you through what to expect before, during, and after respective procedures. Call 248.636.2100.


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