VANCOUVER WA | BATTLE GROUND | CAMAS | PORTLAND OR
At New Image Dentistry we pride ourselves on the beautiful smiles at our practice every day.
Did you know your smile is one of the first things people notice about you? You don’t have to live with a smile that’s less than pearly white!
How would you like to have professional teeth whitening materials provided for you every year for FREE!?
Introducing our NEW White for Life program!
Yes, that’s right, you can choose either the custom made take-home bleaching trays or our in-office Smile White Whitening system which will be given to you FREE OF CHARGE every year at your yearly exam.
To Qualify for Whitening for Life:
- You must keep your recommended hygiene appointments
Your long-term dental health is as important to us as it is to you. That is why we are happy to provide this extra bonus for our patients who are committed to their dental health.
- Provide at least 48 hours notice
If you need to cancel or change an appointment. If you must cancel your appointment due to an emergency, you must reschedule your cleaning within 30 days of your due date.
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Types of Whitening:
At Home Whitening: Opalescence
At Home Whitening: Opalescence
“I recommend Opalescence PF to other doctors because the results from patients using it are consistent. The sticky, viscous Opalescence PF gel is one of the most effective solutions I’ve used. My patients feel better knowing that the application of the gel also provides beneficial results such as improving enamel health and increasing enamel micro-hardness.” Dr. Frank Spear – Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education
This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution up to 3 hours a day for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience slight tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching. If you have sensitivity during the whitening, skip a day and then continue. Below is a copy of the care instructions that you will receive for your teeth and trays. Remember: consistency is the key to optimal results.
Teeth Whitening Instructions
- Lightly brush and floss teeth
- Place a small pea-size drop of bleach in each tooth of your trays. If excess comes out, use a Q-tip to wipe away any extra solution.
- Wear as long as comfortable, but do not exceed 3 hours. If sensitivity develops, reduce the time you wear the trays or discontinue whitening for a day.
- When finished, rinse mouth and trays with warm water. Wait at least 1 hour before eating.
- Avoid over-filling trays. If excess comes out, reduce amount of solution next time.
- For extra help with sensitivity, brush with fluoride gel before wearing trays (available through our office).
- For best results, consistently wear trays every day for 2 weeks. Your teeth might become more sensitive the longer you do treatment, so stop once you reach desired whiteness.
- Keep trays for later touch-ups, especially if you are a frequent coffee or tea drinker (store away from household pets – they like to eat the trays!).
- Trays can be used to whiten single teeth. If a particular tooth is darker than others, fill this tooth individually and proceed with instructions above until the tooth matches the other teeth. It is normal for people to have slightly different-colored natural teeth. Replacement of any restorations should be completed 7-10 days after bleaching so the Doctor can accurately match the newly bleached teeth.
- Regular office cleanings will help to remove stain, polish teeth, and keep them looking their best!
How does Opalescence work?
In the whitening process, carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide pass through the enamel and dentine where they break down into oxygen radials. After that, they proceed to break down the colored molecules that cause tooth discoloration. This does not change the chemical makeup of the tooth, only the visible color.
Advantages of Opalescence
- Opalescence contains potassium nitrate and fluoride which decrease tooth sensitivity while strengthening enamel and preventing cavities.
- Opalescence gel is made of 20% water to prevent dehydration and shade relapse.
- Great mint flavor
- You are in complete control of when and how much you will whiten your teeth.
- Trays are custom made to fit comfortably and securely in your mouth.
- Trays are reusable.
Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to lighten the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
- To lighten stained teeth
- To give yourself a reason to smile more
- Tooth whitening has been shown to heighten people’s self-esteem
- Studies show that tooth whitening makes people look younger
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Teeth can discolor due to aging, certain types of medications (tetracycline, etc.), fluoride stains, tobacco products, tooth trauma, and ingesting certain substances such as coffee, tea, dark pop, red wine, etc. Also, if a tooth is non-vital, it will darken. Professional whitening is the best option for safely lightening teeth.
What Should I Consider Before Whitening?
Crowns and Fillings: While whitening has no effect on crowns or fillings, tooth whitening only whitens the natural tooth enamel; therefore, it is important to evaluate the shade of existing fillings, crowns, etc., as well as the need for future mouth restorations before bleaching. Replacement of any restorations should be completed 7-10 days after bleaching so the Doctor can accurately match the newly bleached teeth.
Gum Health: We consider your health and safety above all else. Patients that are experiencing periodontal gum disease may experience tissue damage from the bleaching solutions; therefore it is essential that we evaluate the health of your gums before proceeding with the whitening process.
How Do I Keep My Smile White?
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine. The most important part of maintaining a white smile is daily oral hygiene and brushing shortly after consuming staining foods and beverages. Regular professional cleanings will also help keep your teeth healthy and white. As time passes, your teeth may naturally darken slightly. However, by ordering our take-home refill kit, you can apply a booster whitening as needed. In order to help you achieve the final glow quicker, the refill is a stronger solution than the normal whitening gel (35% as opposed to 25%)