There are several factors about our appearance that lend to our overall sense of self confidence. At the top of the list is the state of our smile. When we meet others, the first things that are noticed are the eyes and the smile, which lends to the importance of healthy, beautiful teeth. The area of cosmetic dentistry
added the teeth whitening treatment many years ago, and this is still a very popular smile enhancing procedure today.
Because this cosmetic treatment has been around so long, there are now multiple options for brightening the smile. Before obtaining professional care, we find that many patients first try what they feel will be a more convenient and cost effective way to enhance the smile.
In every general retail store, it is easy to find a variety of products promising to lighten teeth by several shades. These products may range from whitening pastes to strips containing bleaching agent. Although they may be immediately affordable, commercial products contain low concentration whitening gel and can therefore provide only limited results. These products have also been shown to cause irritation to gum tissue, as there are no safety measures to prevent the product from spreading.
Professional at-home whitening
To meet the needs of patients, most dentists offer at-home whitening that delivers the kind of results patients really want. Using professional grade whitening gel and a custom-fitted bleaching tray, this whitening method consists of nightly wear for anywhere from seven to fourteen days. Due to the tight fit of the bleaching tray, there is less chance of gum irritation, as the gel remains on the teeth.
It is important to note that teeth whitening is a process that causes teeth to become dehydrated. This is why sensitivity occurs after a few days of using an at-home whitener. During this time, dentists encourage patients to continue with the whitening regimen until completion so that the desired results can be achieved. Stopping the treatment and then restarting after sensitivity subsides reduces the effectiveness and limits results.
One of the methods of enhancing the smile is Zoom! in-office whitening. This treatment is not only convenient; it is known to produce immediate results with very limited sensitivity. Zoom! has long been promoted as a lunch-hour treatment that takes only about sixty minutes to complete. However, this timeframe may differ in dental practices. Some practices may allot even two hours for the completion of the whitening process, and keep the patient comfortable with overhead television or listening to music until the process is completed. There are patients who maintain their whitened result even after 4-5 years.
has over 30 years of experience. She was born in Hong Kong, but grew up in England, where she completed her undergraduate education and received her degree in dentistry from Guy's Hospital Dental School at the University of London. She practiced general dentistry in London for a period of four years, and then returned to Hong Kong in 1987, where she spent the next decade working in a large group practice before establishing her own dental clinic in 1999.
Dr. Titania Tong is committed to the overall health of her patients and operates an amalgam-free dental practice. She practices amalgam safe removal using the SMART technique.
Dr. Tong practices holistic dentistry, while also focusing on cosmetic work and offers a wide range of dental services for the whole family.