Teeth Whitening in north Scottsdale, AZ

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening uses chemicals called “peroxides” to remove stains from your teeth. Peroxides like carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are very volatile. So when peroxide contacts stains on your tooth enamel, this “snaps” the chemical bonds that hold the stains in place. In turn, this removes them from your enamel, restoring its natural brightness. With teeth whitening from Omni Dental Studio, you can reverse years of stains and yellowing in just a single appointment with Dr. Nataliya Rozenfeld.

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Some types of internal tooth stains may not be treatable with teeth whitening and may require alternative treatments like tooth bonding or dental veneers.

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How It Works: The Teeth Whitening Process

Cosmetic consultation

First, Dr. Rozenfeld will meet with you to examine your mouth and discuss your smile goals. Together, you’ll decide if teeth whitening is right for you, and if you’d prefer in-office or take-home teeth whitening.

In-office whitening

At your in-office whitening appointment, Dr. Rozenfeld will clean your mouth, then prepare your gums by applying a special liquid to them. Then, she will use retractors to separate your cheeks and tongue from your teeth. Dr. Rozenfeld will apply a powerful whitener to your teeth, and then rinse it away after a few minutes. She’ll repeat this process until your smile has reached your desired level of brightness.

Take-home whitening

In take-home whitening, Dr. Rozenfeld will begin by taking impressions and images of your mouth. She will work with a dental lab to build you a set of custom-fitted whitening trays, based on these impressions. You’ll come back in a few weeks to pick up your trays, and your whitening products. Dr. Rozenfeld will give you instructions on how to whiten your smile at home. You can take things from there, and whiten your teeth on your own schedule.

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In-Office Whitening

If you’re in a hurry to get a brighter smile, we recommend in-office whitening. With in-office whitening, you can boost your smile’s brightness by 5-10 shades in just one appointment. As an experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Rozenfeld can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted at Omni Dental Studio.

Take-Home Whitening

Take-home whitening offers the same results as in-office whitening. But instead of getting your teeth whitened at Omni Dental Studio, you’ll be able to treat yourself in the comfort of your own home. This makes take-home whitening a great choice if you have a busy schedule, or if you just want to spend less time in the dentist’s chair.

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Does Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?

Yes. This is a common side effect of teeth whitening, but it usually goes away within a day or two after your treatment. To help with sensitivity-induced whitening, we recommend avoiding really hot and cold foods/drinks, taking over-the-counter pain medication, and brushing with an anti-sensitivity toothpaste such as Sensodyne.

How Long Does Whitening Last?

You can expect your results to last between 1-2 years. With proper oral hygiene, you may be able to maintain your bright smile for even longer. Brush twice a day, floss once a day, eat a tooth-healthy diet, and make sure you come to Omni Dental Studio twice a year for teeth cleanings and oral exams.

Even with your best efforts, though, your smile may eventually fade. If that happens, you can simply get a touch-up teeth whitening treatment from Dr. Rozenfeld. We’re always here to make sure your smile looks its best!

What’s The Best Way To Whiten Teeth Quickly?

First, don’t go DIY. There are some ADA-accepted whitening kits out there that can brighten your smile over time without the help of a dentist, such as Crest Whitestrips. However, they don’t work very quickly, so they're not a good option if you want to whiten your smile fast.

If you want fast results, you can’t beat in-office teeth whitening from Dr. Rozenfeld at Omni Dental Studio. Depending on your situation, it’s usually possible to brighten your smile by 5-10 shades in just a single appointment at our office in Scottsdale. Using professional-grade whitening gel, Dr. Rozenfeld can remove stains and restore your natural smile.

Compared to take-home whitening from Omni Dental Studio, in-office whitening delivers much faster results. It can take up to 2-3 weeks to whiten your smile with one of our take-home kits, so in-office whitening is a better choice if you’d like last-minute whitening for a special occasion or for any other reason.

Can I Whiten My Cosmetic Dental Work?

No. If you already have veneers, dental bonding, or a cosmetic dental crown, teeth whitening will not whiten your existing dental work. This is because cosmetic dental work is made from resin and porcelain materials that do not respond to the peroxide chemicals used to whiten your natural enamel.

This is one reason why many patients choose to have their teeth whitened before they get further cosmetic dental work like porcelain veneers. Once Dr. Rozenfeld whitens your teeth, she can match your veneers to your smile’s brighter shade, providing picture-perfect results.

However, teeth whitening is not harmful to veneers and crowns, so it’s still safe to have your teeth whitened even if you have existing dental restorations. When planning your teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Rozenfeld will assess the current brightness of your veneers or crowns, and then create a whitening plan that will provide you with an even and beautiful smile.

What Do I Need To Avoid After Teeth Whitening?

Right after you have your teeth whitened, it’s best to avoid consuming really hot or cold foods and drinks. After in-office whitening and take-home whitening, you’ll usually experience some tooth sensitivity, and really hot and cold foods and drinks can make this worse. You should also avoid highly acidic foods like tomatoes and pineapples for a few days, since these can also contribute to tooth sensitivity.

Beyond that, you will definitely want to quit smoking if you’re a tobacco user. Smoking can stain your teeth in a matter of months, ruining your investment in a whiter smile. Other types of tobacco use like vaping and smokeless tobacco can stain your teeth, too. This is the perfect time to quit for good!

Other than that, you may want to consider cutting back on staining drinks. Beverages like coffee, wine, tea, cola, and sports drinks are big causes of tooth stains. Eliminating or reducing your intake of staining beverages will help you keep your smile bright for a longer period of time. You can also drink them through a straw, which helps minimize the liquid’s contact with your teeth while you drink.