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Farmington Hills patients ask: are there potential side effects of teeth whitening procedures?


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When your smile looks dazzling, you share it more freely making you more engaged with those around you. At Richard S. Bernstein, DDS, serving Farmington Hills, West Bloomfield, Walled Lake, Southfield, and surrounding Michigan areas, we are known for our world-class smile makeovers and amazing transformations.

A smile makeover can consist of any individual or combinations of cosmetic and restorative services, from dental implants, to movie-star quality veneers, to simple whitening.

How does teeth whitening work?

With today's state-of-the-art technologies, you can achieve results up to eight shades whiter in less than an hour in our comfortable and relaxing office. Using a professional grade whitening agent with hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient, our Zoom! Power Bleaching system breaks ups the stains inside and on the teeth using advanced LED light technology.

Made by Philips, a recognized leader in healthcare technology, Zoom! is the most requested and safest whitening system for effective and affordable in-office teeth whitening.

If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, or give an occasional boost to your smile after a professional whitening treatment, we also offer convenient at-home whitening kits that are custom-made for your comfort.

Are there any side effects to teeth whitening?

A plethora of teeth whitening products and procedures are available today, including over the counter gels or toothpaste. These products are not as effective as in-office or professional grade whitening and may contain abrasive materials that can irritate or wear down gums and tooth enamel.

The most common side effect of in-office or professional whitening is sensitivity in the teeth or gums. Philips Zoom! Power Bleaching was developed with this in mind. Using a special covering, the gums are protected and little sensitivity has been reported.

Prior to any dental procedure, a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Bernstein will determine the best, custom treatment plan for your unique needs. Serving the needs of our patients since 1985, Dr. Bernstein is a recognized leader in cosmetic, restorative, and family dentistry. A member of the Crown Council, fellow with the Academy of General Dentistry, and a Diplomate in the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry, Dr. Bernstein is also the only Michigan dentist to achieve accreditation by the American Society for Dental Aesthetics.

Our friendly and professional team is ready to serve you and to help you achieve your healthiest and most dazzling smile. Appointments may be requested online or by calling 248.636.2100. Richard S. Bernstein, DDS, is located at 31158 Haggerty Road, Farmington Hills.


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