Dr. Ratti Handa and her team offer professional teeth whitening treatment to patients in Acton, MA. Zoom!® teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening trays are cosmetic dental solutions that address yellowed, darkened, and discolored teeth. Treatment is customized to each patient to ensure that they can meet their dental goals.
Whitening teeth reverses the effects of aging on teeth and improves tooth health. With occasional touch-ups, professional tooth whitening treatments can last patients a long time.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Teeth can become discolored because of these common reasons:
- Smoking and tobacco products
- Foods and drinks that stain teeth (such as tea and coffee)
- Certain medications (antihistamines and blood pressure medication for example)
- Worn-down teeth (showing discolored dentin underneath tooth enamel)
- Poor dental hygiene
Patients may diligently brush their teeth and visit the dentist regularly, but their teeth can be affected by some of these conditions. If you’re looking for a brighter smile, call Dr. Handa and her dental team today at 978.212.3783.
Tooth Whitening Treatments
Dr. Handa and her professional team aim to give patients the highest quality of dental care possible. They assist patients in finding the type of teeth whitening method that works with their budget and oral health needs. In-office and at-home professional teeth whitening are both great options for patients who want a brighter smile:
Zoom!® Teeth Whitening
The most popular method for teeth whitening is our Zoom!® teeth whitening system. This method is safe, effective, fast. Our clinician will place cheek retractors in the mouth to expose teeth. A protective covering is placed over the gum tissue and the bleaching agent is applied to the surface of the teeth.
Then they will apply the Zoom!® whitening gel which is designed to be used specifically with the Zoom!® light. The light and gel work together to gently penetrate our teeth, breaking up the stains and discoloration. The gel is applied for 3 fifteen minute sessions for a total treatment time of 45 minutes.
Dr. Handa and her team offer an at-home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. This method usually requires two visits. During your first appointment, we will take detailed dental impressions of your teeth. These will be used to create customized clear plastic trays. During your second appointment, adjustments will be made to ensure a comfortable fit.
Dr. Handa will give you instructions for using the whitening solution.
Bleaching trays are filled with a special whitening solution and worn either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. Tooth sensitivity usually subsides shortly after the treatment is complete.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
How long do teeth stay white after whitening?
Teeth whitening effects may last anywhere between 6 months to three years. The whitening effects lifespan is dependent on the aftercare the patient takes of their teeth, their diet, and their health habits.
Do your teeth stain easier after whitening?
The first 48 hours after teeth whitening your teeth are more prone to staining. Patients should avoid drinking or eating foods that have strong coloring such as coffee, wine, tomatoes, and soft drinks. After about 5 days, you can return to your normal eating habits as long as you are moderating the types of foods you consume.
What to avoid after teeth whitening?
After teeth whitening, patients should avoid drinking or eating anything that has deep colors for at least 72 hours. These include fruit juices, soda, coffee, wine, tea, etc. Patients should also avoid highly acidic foods and alcohol.
Can I drink coffee with a straw 24 hours after teeth whitening?
It is advised to avoid stain-producing meals and beverages for at least two days after whitening because the tooth whitening procedure temporarily increases the teeth’s susceptibility to stains. You can resume drinking these liquids after two days, but we recommend brushing your teeth after to preserve the longevity of your whitening treatment.
How long does it take to recover from teeth whitening?
Patients are able to resume their daily activities immediately after treatment because there is no recovery period. Increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages may occur in some people, however, after a few days, any sensitivity should dissipate.
How many shades can professional whitening brighten teeth?
Most patients who receive whitening treatments will find that a difference of just two shades will make a significant improvement in their smile. However, in our office teeth whitening treatment may brighten patients’ smiles by as much as nine shades in one sitting.
Request a Dental Exam Today
Get a whiter and brighter smile in our Acton, MA office. Contact Dr. Handa and her dental professionals at 978.212.3783. You can also request an appointment with our dental team online. Do you have any remaining questions about professional tooth whitening or want to address your specific dental concerns? Our dental team will be glad to answer your questions.