Teeth whitening is an excellent way to transform your smile and restore your self-confidence if you suffer from surface stains or yellowing. With our whitening treatments, you can feel proud of your appearance once again. Teeth whitening also helps rejuvenate your appearance and makes you look younger. In addition, we’ve found that people who invest in teeth whitening are more likely to care for their smiles properly, leading to better overall oral health. Get in touch with our team to schedule your consultation and see if whitening is right for you! We proudly serve the dental patients of River Place and Austin, TX!
Just about anyone can get teeth whitening, as long as your mouth is free of serious oral health issues like gum disease and cavities. However, you will want to tell Dr. Morren if you have sensitive teeth. He will need to adjust your treatment accordingly to minimize your discomfort since teeth whitening can cause some minor tooth sensitivity.
In-office whitening is done by Dr. Morren at your dentist in Austin. In the Whitening Parlour, our dedicated brightening lounge. He will clean your teeth, apply a peroxide whitener, then activate it with a UV light all while you relax and enjoy the relaxing amenities of the Whitening Parlour. This process may be repeated several times to reach your desired level of brightness. You can usually whiten your teeth by 5-10 shades in one appointment.
You’ll come to our office to have molds taken of your teeth, which will be used to make a set of custom whitening trays. Once these trays have been built, you’ll come back to pick them up, and you’ll also get whitening instructions and a set of whitening products from Dr. Morren. Simply follow your instructions to whiten your teeth at home, and enjoy professional results without spending time in the dentist’s chair.
The only common side effect of professional teeth whitening treatment is tooth sensitivity. This happens because your enamel is weakened slightly by the chemicals used to whiten your teeth. All you need to do is continue brushing your teeth regularly using fluoride toothpaste. This will help strengthen your teeth and eliminate sensitivity within a few days, in most cases. You can also use an anti-sensitivity toothpaste (Sensodyne) to help with post-treatment sensitivity.
First, make sure to brush and floss properly, and to see Dr. Morren for a cleaning every six months. This helps reduce the buildup of surface stains. You may also want to reduce your consumption of staining beverages like coffee, tea, cola, wine, and energy/sports drinks, or drink them with a straw. Using a straw minimizes contact with the teeth and can help prevent stains.
In addition to this, you can use a peroxide-based whitening toothpaste and mouthwash to help prevent stain buildup. We also offer touch-up treatments at your Austin dentist, which will help you keep your smile bright.
Zoom is a brand of teeth whitening products that are manufactured and sold by Philips, a leading dental technology company. It’s sold only to professionals, and provides exceptional results with minimal sensitivity.
The key to how Zoom works is in the ingredients. Zoom whitening gel contains a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide, which is a powerful whitening compound. But it also contains ACP (Amorphous Calcium Phosphate), as well as several other special ingredients. These ingredients help protect and strengthen your teeth during the whitening process, and reduce post-whitening sensitivity.
If you choose in-office treatment at Austin Dental Company, Zoom teeth whitening also uses a special blue LED technology developed by Philips. Dr. Morren will shine this light on your teeth after he applies the Zoom gel. The blue light excites the whitener in the gel, “activating” it and boosting its whitening power. With Zoom, you can whiten your smile by up to eight shades in a single appointment.
The entire Zoom teeth whitening procedure typically takes about an hour. Before your appointment with Dr. Morren begins, one of our dental team members will clean and polish your teeth. Getting a teeth cleaning before your Zoom whitening treatment ensures that the Zoom whitening gel can be applied to your teeth evenly.
Next, Dr. Morren will apply a protectant to your gums and lips. This ensures that any whitening gel that comes into contact with them won’t cause any discomfort. Then, he will place cheek retractors into your mouth. This makes it easier to apply the whitening gel to your teeth.After your mouth has been prepared, he will apply a layer of Zoom whitening gel to your teeth.
Once your teeth are thoroughly coated with whitener, he will shine a Zoom blue LED whitening lamp on your teeth. The light activates the peroxide in the whitening gel, dramatically boosting its effectiveness.
After about 15 minutes, we will rinse the whitener off of your teeth. Then, if necessary, Dr. Morren and our team will repeat this process up to three times, or until your teeth have reached their ideal brightness. As a final step, Dr. Morren will apply a fluoride varnish to your teeth, which helps reduce sensitivity. He will also give you some instructions on how to care for your newly-whitened smile, then send you home to enjoy your bright new grin.
This depends on your level of staining, the Zoom whitening treatment that you choose, and whether you choose in-office or take-home treatment. In general, though, you can expect to pay somewhere between $300 and $600 for teeth whitening at Austin Dental Company. This makes Zoom whitening one of the most affordable ways to restore your smile.
Worried about cost? We offer payment plans through CareCredit to help you get a brighter smile today, and pay over time. We also offer an in-house dental plan with teeth whitening. The ADCO Whitening plan is available for patients 15 and older and costs $65/month or $650 for a full year. It includes one yearly Zoom whitening treatment, as well as:
- One cleaning every six months
- Oral cancer screenings with every cleaning
- 1-2 oral exams per yearAll necessary diagnostic x-rays
- One emergency exam and set of x-rays
- 15% off additional treatments
For more information about the ADCO Whitening plan and our other in-house dental plans, click here, or feel free to call our team at (512) 710-4783. We can answer any questions you may have.