Keeping your teeth a dazzling shade of white can be difficult, even for patients who keep up with their regular dentist appointments and brush and floss regularly. Environmental factors, genetics, aging, habits like smoking, and even certain foods and drinks can leave their mark on your smile. To help our patients eliminate deep dental stains, we offer customized teeth whitening treatments at our Knoxville dental office. Dr. Thomas G. Zarger has been helping patients in the community achieve their brightest and whitest smiles for more than 30 years, and has an outstanding reputation for establishing trust and communication with all of his patients. If you have an important event coming up, or if you would simply like to achieve a brighter smile, please contact our office to make an appointment with Dr. Zarger.
Before your teeth whitening appointment, Dr. Zarger will perform an examination and evaluation of the health of your smile. One of our dental hygienists will then clean your teeth and gums to ensure that we eliminate all bacteria, plaque, and tartar that might otherwise interfere with the effectiveness of the bleaching agent.
When all of the initial preparatory work has been completed, Dr. Zarger will place a protective barrier over your gums. The bleaching agent used during in-office whitening treatments is stronger than over-the-counter whitening treatments and can irritate the soft tissues of your mouth unless we take the proper precautions. Dr. Zarger will then carefully apply the whitening agent evenly over all of the visible surfaces of your teeth.
Dr. Zarger will leave the whitening gel on your teeth for a specific amount of time, usually around 15 minutes, depending on the extent of the staining that you have developed and the brightness you wish to achieve. A specialized ultraviolet light may be used to intensify the effects of the bleaching agent. A typical treatment will involve three applications of the gel with 5- to 10-minute intervals in between. The total appointment time is just over one hour.
Just about anyone with slight to moderate discoloration who would like a brighter, whiter, more dazzling smile can be a candidate for teeth whitening. The treatment is extremely safe and effective, but there are a few conditions that might preclude a patient from teeth whitening. The treatment is designed to eliminate extrinsic (external) stains that affect the outer enamel and is not an effective way to address intrinsic (internal) staining. Intrinsic staining is a gray type of discoloration that can result from root canals. This type of staining is better concealed with dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Additionally, patients with extreme tooth sensitivity may want to consider other options. We will fully review your medical records and discuss any pending dental health issues to determine if this treatment is right for you.
If you would like to find out more about teeth whitening and how it can help your smile achieve its full potential, please contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Zarger.