Professional teeth whitening at our Philadelphia, PA, practice is an affordable way to enhance your smile dramatically. At Smile Maker, we offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments. Both systems are effective, and we can help you choose the type that is best suited to your budget and desired treatment timeline. With years of experience in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Dmitry Karagodsky can ensure the most natural-looking results possible.
Teeth whitening may be a suitable treatment if you suffer from extrinsic dental stains. This type of discoloration is found on the outer layer of enamel. Though they can develop for many different reasons, stains most frequently appear if you consume certain foods and drinks. For instance, dark-colored wine or coffee can leave pigmented molecules on your teeth. These particles will adhere to your enamel, creating stains over time. Other factors that can contribute to stains include genetics, smoking, and age.
If internal discoloration⏤or intrinsic staining⏤is your main concern, you may not be a candidate for teeth whitening. These stains usually develop because of infection, discolored fillings, or medications. Fortunately, Dr. Karagodsky offers alternative Cosmetic Treatments, such as Porcelain Veneers, which can fully conceal intrinsic stains.
In-office Zoom! teeth whitening offers dramatic results in less than an hour. Thanks to this accelerated treatment time, it is an incredibly popular choice. If you select in-office treatment, Dr. Karagodsky or a member of our team will apply whitening gel to your teeth. We will use a special light to activate the gel for approximately 15 minutes. The peroxide-based material will create an oxidation reaction, and the rapidly moving oxygen molecules can break apart the chemical bonds between stains. To ensure the most comprehensive results, your practitioner will usually repeat the process three to four times. With this thorough approach, Zoom! can lighten your smile by eight shades or more. In-office teeth whitening can often be combined with other treatments, such as a personalized smile makeover, for more dramatic results.
Take-home Zoom! treatment lasts for approximately two weeks and can achieve results that are as dramatic as those following in-office whitening. You will receive a set of whitening trays, which will be created from impressions of your teeth. Every day for the next two weeks, you will fill the trays with a milder form of whitening gel, and you will wear these trays for approximately 30 minutes per day. Just like the gel used in our office, take-home whitening products will chemically break apart stains to gently enhance your smile.
Teeth whitening offers stunning final results that may even make you look several years younger. However, you may be tempted to try a cheap over-the-counter version first. Please know that these versions are not nearly as effective as our treatments. At best, they will lighten your smile by only a few shades. More alarmingly, store-bought whitening treatments can contain unsafe levels of peroxide. As a result, the whitening gel can cause tremendous discomfort, especially if you already suffer from dental sensitivity. In some cases, the gel can even damage your teeth and gums, potentially requiring Restorative Treatments. In contrast, our treatment involves negligible discomfort, and will be supervised by our expert team.
Dr. Karagodsky often combines in-office whitening with take-home care, and he can provide touch-ups to maintain your results over time.
While many dentists offer professional teeth whitening, there are a number of reasons to choose Dr. Karagodsky. He has over 20 years of experience and is particularly passionate about cosmetic care. Dr. Karagodsky is trained in the latest techniques and uses the latest technology. In this way, he can achieve stunning results and ensure your comfort throughout your treatment. In addition, he often combines in-office whitening with take-home care, and he can provide touch-ups to maintain your results over time.
If you are ready to enjoy the benefits of a gorgeous smile and you are seeking an overall younger look, call our office at (215) 969-2015 or Contact Smile Maker Online. During a cosmetic consultation, we can help determine if teeth whitening is right for you.
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