Teeth Whitening Systems

All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives. Some “teeth whitening” toothpastes have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal  effectiveness. These products, used in conjunction with proper dental hygiene, will aid in maintaining your white smile.

Often times, however, people use these products hoping for a dramatic change in tooth whitening and are disappointed by the results. Unlike bleaches, these products do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth and despite some manufacturer claims, most people will only realize a difference of one to three shades.

A wide variety of teeth whitening related retail products, such as whitening strips and kits, are also available for home use. These methods typically will produce a slightly better result than a whitening toothpaste.

Lightening Whitening

In-office Bleaching

North Country Dental has a new and improved Lightening Whitening! We can now restore your smile to its natural luster in only 45 minutes!  Try “Zoom” – the professional teeth whitening system featured on Extreme Makeover!

By using the “Zoom” In-Office Teeth Whitening Program, we’ll provide you with a whiter, healthier smile. With Zoom in-office, you will achieve up to eight shades whiter in 45 minutes.

The program does not require the use of a mouth tray. This is a one-visit procedure that your dentist will perform. Rather than having to wear a mouth tray night after night, you will see results immediately. The procedure is safe and will not harm teeth or gums. The safety of “Zoom” is supported in worldwide research studies at leading dental universities and clinics.

“Zoom” In-Office Teeth Whitening Program is simple!

No need to wear eye protection from “blue light” systems – whiter teeth are achieved in just 45 minutes. That’s it! Clinical studies have shown that whitening your teeth with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums. “Zoom’s” unique desensitizing properties means you experience little to no post-operative sensitivity.

** Tooth discoloration may be the result of genetics, medication, poor oral hygiene, aging, smoking, certain foods and beverages or a combination of these factors. People with most types of discoloration can achieve lighter tooth color through the Rembrandt One-Hour Whitening Program. The type of stain you have will affect how much whitening you will experience.

At Home Bleaching

North Country Dental provides Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems for at home bleaching that produces superior results.

Opalescence produces faster results than most retail whitening products. Results are often seen after one night. Optimum natural whiteness usually occurs when the process is continued for a week to 10 days. Our dentists will go over what you can expect for your individual situation.

Opalescence is proven to be safe. Whitening your teeth, under the supervision of your dentist, has been proven safe in clinical studies over a period of many years. The primary ingredient in Opalescence is carbamide peroxide, which has been safely used to brighten the smiles of millions of people worldwide. Additionally, Opalescence 10% holds the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval. There are a small number of people that could experience increased sensitivity to hot or cold during the whitening process. This is temporary and can be treated with ibuprofen or another product your dentist may have. The sensitivity will normally go away within the first 48 hours after the whitening process is completed.

Opalescence offers long-lasting results. The duration of your results depends largely upon you. The results may be permanent. If you practice good oral hygiene and brush normally, especially after consuming staining foods or beverages, your results could last for years. If you use staining substances like coffee, tobacco and red wine you may want periodic touch-ups for one or two days every couple of years.

How does Opalescence work? We will take impressions of your teeth that will allow for custom trays to be made for your bleaching procedure. The Opalescence gel is placed in these thin, comfortable trays and fitted over your teeth. As you whiten your teeth, carbamide peroxide is broken down and oxygen enters the enamel and dentin. This bleaches out the discolored areas. The structure of the tooth is not changed. The color of the tooth is simply made lighter.

Professional Crest Whitestrips and TresWhite

These professional strength whitening kits give you better, longer-lasting results than the over-the-counter brands available in stores.  If in-office bleaching or custom trays aren’t in your budget, these kits are an economical option for a brighter smile.

Which System Is Best For You?

You may want to start by speaking with your dentist. He or she can tell you whether whitening procedures would be effective for you. Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. Additionally, bleaching may not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener will not effect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.

The many options available to you for whitening your teeth can be explained quickly and simply in one phone call. Once you have the answers, an in-office consultation can be scheduled and you're on your way to the perfect smile you've always wanted.