Teeth Whitening
in Philadelphia, PA

At Dentistry for Life our Philadelphia teeth whitening is used as a proven, reliable cosmetic dentistry treatment. For a brilliant smile that attracts compliments, we offer in-office Zoom professional teeth whitening and take-home whitening kits so you can get whiter teeth in a manner that is most convenient for you.

We use the most powerful teeth bleaching products to quickly and effectively blast away stains and discoloration. If you want to look like a VIP, it can happen in just about an hour under the practiced hands of our Philadelphia cosmetic dentistry professionals.

How Teeth Whitening Works

Teeth whitening is the removal of stains from the enamel of the tooth. The professional teeth bleaching done by your Philadelphia dentist uses chemical agents like carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide to break apart stains.

These powerful ingredients may not be found in sufficient dosages, if they're included at all, in over-the-counter whitening methods that can only address surface stains. For the treatment, your lips and gums are covered carefully so any sensitivity and discomfort from the bleaching agents is minimized.

You should not experience any discomfort during this procedure. The whitening agent is applied to the front of your teeth and a laser light is positioned at your teeth and programmed accordingly to whiten your smile over the course of an hour. After laser whitening, you will leave our office with a whiter, more beautiful smile. At Dentistry for Life we strive to provide you with the best teeth whitening Philadelphia has to offer.

teeth whitening patient model in a dental chair smiling

The Benefits of Teeth Whitening in Philadelphia

If you're considering teeth whitening from Dentistry for Life in Philadelphia, you already know that there are many benefits to be had, including:

  • A non-invasive treatment.
  • Whiter teeth in about an hour.
  • More effective than over-the-counter whitening.
  • Safe and painless.
  • Makes you look younger, happier, and healthier.
  • Gives you confidence.

Are You a Good Candidate for Philadelphia Teeth Whitening?

Your teeth work hard every day and are touched by all the foods and beverages you put in your mouth. Over the years, tooth enamel begins to feel the burden and will begin to discolor, yellow, and look anything but pearly white. It's natural to want whiter, healthier-looking teeth.

Whether you live, work, or play in Philadelphia, our convenient location in the Medical Arts Building makes it easy for you to pop in for a teeth whitening appointment. In just about an hour, you can walk out of our office with teeth that are so white and beautiful they can camouflage any smile imperfections that make you self-conscious. Before any whitening begins, Philadelphia dentists, Dr. Patel or Dr. Parikh, will give you a thorough oral examination and teeth cleaning.

For whitening to be effective, your teeth and gums must be healthy and strong. If you have any tooth decay, gum recession, or other problems, they will need to be addressed first. There is no faster or more effective way to brighten your smile and give the illusion of perfection than with a professional teeth-whitening treatment. At Dentistry for Life, we transform smiles every day. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

ZOOM TEETH WHITENING: WHAT TO EXPECT

Zoom is one of the most respected names in professional teeth whitening and can brighten teeth up to eight shades in just one treatment. The procedure takes around an hour:

  1. Your dentist will cover your gums and lips so they will not be in contact with the gel.
  2. They will apply Zoom's proprietary whitening gel to your teeth.
  3. A lamp activates the gel in three stages, lifting away years of staining to reveal a white, radiant smile.

TAKE-HOME TEETH WHITENING KITS

For our patients who are interested in teeth whitening at home, there is no better option than Zoom teeth whitening take-home kits. Designed for maximum convenience, these take-home kits whiten teeth with powerful bleaching agents that are gentle on teeth and contain a safe percentage of active ingredients for home use.

What is it like using the take-home kit?

Take-home whitening kits allow you to whiten your teeth gradually, when and where it is convenient for you. First, our dentists will take impressions of your teeth to have custom trays fitted. Then, when your trays are ready, you will come back to the office to pick them up. The special whitening solution in the trays bleaches teeth over several sessions until you reach your desired shade. The length of time wearing the Zoom trays varies depending on the strength and formula your dentist suggests, either twice daily for approximately 30 minutes or overnight.

What are the benefits of take-home whitening kits?

Good Housekeeping and Allure magazines rate Zoom as one of the best home teeth whitening kits among a sea of competition. Why is that? The answer is that it is safe and proven to work. One of the main advantages is the trays are custom-molded to your teeth, ensuring the whitening ingredients do not miss a spot. This is a huge advantage over other teeth whitening platforms that are one-size-fits-all, which can be clunky, ill-fitting, and uncomfortable.

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Unlike some home tooth whitening kits, Zoom does not damage enamel, so you won't have to worry about harming your teeth. In short, if you want to gradually whiten your teeth safely from the comfort of home, Zoom kits are the way to go. Our patients also love using take-home kits after in-office teeth whitening because it keeps their teeth whiter longer. In conjunction with brightening toothpaste and good oral hygiene, Zoom's home whitening system can double the lifespan of your professional teeth whitening results.

PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING VS. OVER-THE-COUNTER TEETH WHITENING

Dental professionals prefer Zoom for several reasons:

  1. It effectively whitens teeth up to eight shades in as little as an hour
  2. The active ingredients in Zoom won't damage or erode the tooth enamel
  3. The platform works well on both extrinsic stains and many types of intrinsic teeth staining
  4. Your dentist can customize your treatment based on the severity of staining and your desired outcome, so whether you want blinding white teeth or simply to go a few shades whiter, they can make your goals a reality (assuming you don't have an underlying dental condition)

Some over-the-counter whitening products are gimmicks. They may contain unsafe and unproven ingredients that, at best, fail to work and, at worst, can damage your enamel or severely burn your gums.

WHAT CAUSES TOOTH STAINS?

Some of the leading causes of stained teeth include:

  • Aging
  • Tobacco products
  • Not brushing and flossing regularly
  • Naturally thin or worn enamel
  • The use of certain medications known to cause tooth discoloration
  • Frequently consuming foods such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark chocolate

Brushing and flossing go a long way to ward off stains, but proper oral hygiene only goes so far. Over the years, darkly colored food, drink, and nicotine products can cause teeth yellowing and make you want to hide your smile. For many patients who want to whiten yellow teeth, professional whitening is needed.

5 Things to Know About Tooth Stains and Teeth Whitening

  1. It may not be possible to whiten your teeth: Some people are born with teeth that are dull in color. If that's you, teeth whitening won't be an option. You're not out of luck though - porcelain veneers will not only give you white teeth, they'll correct every other aesthetic complaint you have about your smile, permanently.
  2. There are different types of tooth stains: Your tooth stains can come from a variety of sources - medication, wine, coffee, smoking, poor oral hygiene, aging, and more. There are also extrinsic tooth stains (surface stains) and intrinsic stains (found within the enamel) and both will play a role in whether teeth whitening is the most effective cosmetic dentistry treatment for your smile makeover.
  3. You must take care of your smile: Professional teeth whitening is powerful, but it isn't self-sustaining. The results of teeth whitening will last for years if you take good care of your teeth. Use caution when eating dark sauces, berries, or wines to protect your teeth from developing discoloration, and keep up with your bi-annual dental cleanings and exams.
  1. Your teeth don't have to be perfect: Even if your teeth are a little crooked, gapped, or otherwise flawed, a teeth whitening treatment can be so effective that these little problems will be easily overlooked. White teeth give the illusion of perfection, so if you're not ready for a more intensive cosmetic dentistry treatment, or if you're happy with the appearance of your teeth other than the color, teeth whitening can be just right for you.
  2. Thin tooth enamel could be problematic: If your DNA has given you thin tooth enamel, the yellowish dentin inside your tooth can rob your teeth of their whiteness. Thin enamel also makes you more likely to develop tooth stains, even with the best brushing and flossing techniques. In this situation, we may have to discuss other whitening options, like getting porcelain veneers.

HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS OF TEETH WHITENING LAST?

After your professional whitening treatment, you can expect to have whiter teeth for at least six months to a year, or even several years depending on your habits. Follow all your dentist's aftercare recommendations to ensure your teeth remain bright and gleaming as long as possible.

TEETH WHITENING FAQS

How can I keep my teeth white after teeth whitening?

Avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, such as red wine, coffee, and red sauces, to keep your teeth gleaming white for longer. Tobacco products are also highly staining, so if you're a smoker, this is a great excuse to quit. Lastly, don't forget to floss daily and use a whitening toothpaste twice a day to remove surface stains.

How often should I get my teeth whitened?

Even with proper care, teeth can become stained again over time due to certain foods and lifestyle habits. You can have your teeth whitened as often as needed to maintain your results.

Can I use a home whitening kit after professional teeth whitening?

Yes, in fact, we encourage it. We offer Zoom take-home teeth whitening kits which you can use to extend the longevity of your in-office whitening treatment.

Is teeth whitening painful?

Overall, the procedure is generally painless and any post-treatment discomfort tends to be mild and short-lived. Sensodyne toothpaste is good if you have sensitive teeth and gums.

Does whitening damage teeth?

Zoom is formulated with ingredients that are safe for enamel, so there is little to no risk of damaging your teeth.

How much does professional teeth whitening cost?

The cost of Zoom teeth whitening depends on the extent of staining and degree of whiteness you want to achieve. According to Realself.com, the average Zoom teeth whitening cost is approximately $375. While the best teeth whitening in Philadelphia is not always the cheapest, you often get what you pay for.

Does Zoom whiten porcelain veneers?

The Zoom teeth whitening system only whitens natural teeth. If you have old or stained veneers, they may need replacing.

Schedule a Consultation

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Our office is located at 1601 Walnut Street #1217 in Philadelphia. We offer appointments seven days a week to make dental care convenient for you and your schedule:

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