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Your smile is one of your most valuable assets. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that 96 percent of adults believe that a healthy smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite gender.

When the same respondents were asked what they would like to improve about their smiles, the most prevalent response was “whiter and brighter teeth.”

A bright smile is often perceived to be a healthy smile. Many people seek to achieve this brighter appearance through the Zoom! in-office whitening system, a one-hour bleaching process that lightens the discoloration of enamel and dentin.

Most dentists consider teeth-whitening to be the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. Indeed, under the proper supervision of a competent dentist like Dr. Chilimigas, whitening is absolutely safe. Nevertheless, Zoom! is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women or children younger than 13 years old.

Otherwise, whitening is a great option for just about anyone. Patients with reasonable expectations enjoy the results. Obviously, whitening doesn’t affect synthetic materials, such as bonding or fillings; although in some cases, it can improve the junction of a filling and the tooth structure.

Almost anyone can enjoy the benefits of having whiter teeth, though this treatment can be more effective for some people, less effective for others. Whitening is not perfect, because it can sometimes whiten inconsistently, depending on the surface tissue of the teeth. It is not a pigment, so it will not mask dark colors beneath the enamel; it just brightens the surface of the enamel.

Your friendly dentist, Dr. Chilimigas, can determine if you’re a candidate for Zoom! teeth-whitening with an oral exam and a shade assessment. Come in and visit Lakeview Dental Care, and we’ll take good care of you.