Professional teeth whitening improves smiles by removing discoloration and yellowing from the surface of teeth. The treatment works safely, quickly, and painlessly to make smiles up to eight shades whiter.
Dental Restorative Group provides both in-office and at-home professional teeth whitening to patients in Cambridge and Greater Boston. As a general dental and prosthodontic practice, we offer high-quality care and extensive experience in aesthetic and restorative procedures. Just as importantly, we prioritize patient comfort in every visit.
Learn more about how we help patients achieve smiles that are more noticeable for all of the right reasons. Then, get in touch for an appointment at our practice.
An Overview of Teeth Whitening
Over time, your smile can become stained and take on a yellow or darker appearance. Certain foods and drinks, like wine, tea, and soda, are the most common causes. Another is the nicotine and tar from smoking. Some patients are genetically disposed to teeth staining regardless of diet or behavior.
The stains that you see on your teeth usually start on or beneath the surface level (the tooth enamel). Over time, these surface stains can penetrate into the deeper-layer dentin and darken the entire tooth.
Teeth whitening breaks apart the bonds that create stains to reduce or eliminate their appearance. Dental Restorative Group uses the Philips Zoom system, a professional whitening approach that is fast and effective and that comes in both in-office and at-home treatments.
Customized Care for Whiter Teeth
Teeth whitening is a painless treatment. However, Zoom applications vary in their intensity. More intense versions can cause tooth sensitivity for some patients, making it uncomfortable to eat cold, hot, or sweet foods.
To help you have the most comfortable and effective experience possible with teeth whitening, start with a visit to our offices in Cambridge, Belmont, or Arlington. Your Dental Restorative Group doctor will:
- Examine your teeth and determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment.
- Talk with you about how much whiter you want your teeth to be.
- Ask questions to determine if in-office or home treatment is right for you.
- Take impressions of your teeth to create customize trays.
If you are sensitive to treatment, you may benefit from lower-intensity teeth whitening over a longer period of time. If not, you may prefer more intense treatment in a single office visit or with fewer home treatments.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Dental Restorative Group makes teeth whitening easy, effective, and comfortable with an appointment that typically lasts two hours. During your visit:
- Your doctor prepares your teeth and applies whitening gel.
- The doctor activates the Philips Zoom lamp to accelerate the work of the gel.
- This application is repeated three-to-four times depending on your needs.
With in-office teeth whitening, your doctor can adjust the intensity of your treatment, one of the reasons that most of our patients report little-to-no discomfort in their visit. Afterwards, the doctor may recommend that you maintain your results with a home teeth whitening kit.
Some patients prefer to have teeth whitening at a place and time that is more convenient to their schedule. For this reason, our practice offers Cambridge and Boston-area patients teeth whitening they can do at home.
A prescription-strength home kit will include a set of dental trays customized to your mouth that you will line with whitening gel. The duration and interval for when and how long you will wear the trays depends on the intensity of your treatment. Most patients treat their teeth daily for about one week. If you prefer to wear your teeth whitening trays only at night or only during the daytime, Dental Restorative Group can offer you kits especially designed for different schedules.
Whichever version of Zoom you use, it is important that you carefully follow the guidelines our office provides. We invite you to get in touch at any point in the process to ask questions or to adjust treatments for your comfort.