- $249 for Zoom! Whitening, x-rays, limited mouth exam, and prophy polishing ($850 value)
Teeth Whitening: More Than a Superficial Change
Whitening treatments involve more than just the surface of the teeth. Read on to reveal the science behind a brighter smile.
Every time you brush your teeth, abrasive compounds and chemicals wear away small particles, leaving a cleaner surface. If toothpaste doesn’t seem to get at yellowish stains, that’s because they’re not actually on the surface—they’ve seeped into the dentin, the more porous layer between the enamel and the small diamond at the root of each tooth. To reach this deeper discoloration, scrubbing won’t work. Instead, dentists must deploy some basic chemistry. In most whitening systems, a solution of hydrogen peroxide (or carbamide peroxide, which turns into hydrogen peroxide when it encounters saliva) is left to sit against the teeth in the form of gel-filled trays or strips. Then the peroxide sets to work breaking the chemical bonds of the particles that contain unwanted coloration.
Some formulas are designed to be activated with an LED, laser, or halogen light whose specific wavelength is supposed to accelerate the breakdown of these particles. Although studies as to the light’s effectiveness vary between manufacturers, the basic chemical process remains the same, and dentists who use light-activated systems suggest that they can work more quickly.
Metrowest Family Dental
Dr. Ameer Zufari and Dr. Junaid Farooqui combine their substantial experience at Metrowest Family Dental, where they work tirelessly to keep smiles healthy and beautiful. Together, they carry out routine checkups, perform root canals, and install porcelain bridgework. In addition to these preventative and corrective procedures, they also offer cosmetic teeth-whitening sessions, which gently lift out stains and include take-home care kits. In order to remain at the top of their game in all aspects of dentistry, the duo strives to stay up-to-date, seeking out modern technologies such as tooth-colored resins to replace traditional—and more noticeable—metal fillings.