Teeth Whitening Specialist

John D. Aiken, DMD -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Inverness Smiles

John D. Aiken, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Birmingham, AL

Have you noticed your smile isn’t as bright as it once was? If so, teeth whitening can restore your bright, white smile, and is one of many cosmetic treatments available from John Aiken, DMD, and the team at Inverness Smiles in Birmingham, Alabama. The practice also offers a Whitening Club that allows you to come in for a whitening boost any time you notice staining or discoloration. Call the office today to book your visit, or try the easy online scheduling tool.

Teeth Whitening Q&A

What causes tooth discoloration?

There are many factors that can cause your smile to lose some of its gleam. Some of these factors are within your control, but others can occur no matter how careful you are. 

Some common causes of tooth discoloration include:

  • Eating or drinking coffee, tea, berries, or soda
  • Smoking
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Certain diseases or medications

The primary cause of tooth discoloration is the aging process. As you age, a portion of your enamel wears away, revealing the naturally yellow-colored dentin that lies beneath. 

How does teeth whitening work?

The Inverness Smiles dental team offers the ZoomⓇ teeth whitening system, a professional-strength option that delivers impressive results. This system uses a special whitening agent activated by a treatment light. 

The whitening solution breaks apart stains and creates a brighter, whiter smile. Professional whitening is fast, safe, and effective. When you come in for your visit, your practitioner protects your lips and gums before carefully applying the whitening gel. 

The light is directed toward your teeth, then you simply relax or listen to music while the whitening takes place. After the gel is removed a special sensitivity-reducing paste or gel is applied to prevent discomfort in the hours after treatment. 

Zoom whitening can boost your smile by several shades in just one session. You can even go home with a touch-up kit to maintain and extend your results on your own. 

What about over-the-counter whitening products?  

Virtually any grocery store or drugstore features a whole section of products promising to deliver a gleaming white smile. None of these products can match the results of professional teeth whitening. 

Whitening toothpastes, rinses, or gel strips can help you maintain the results of professional whitening, but they can’t create a dramatic improvement in the shade of your teeth. 

Inverness Smiles offers a Whitening Club, which allows you to come in for a professional whitening touch-up whenever needed. A small enrollment fee applies, but the results are well worth the investment. 

Explore teeth whitening in more detail during your next office visit. You are always welcome to call or stop by the office to book an appointment, or try online scheduling to book from the comfort of home.  

How long does Zoom whitening last

Every patient is different. If you are taking care of your teeth and are diligent in following directions, a Zoom teeth whitening treatment can last for one to two years. A lot also depends on the condition of your teeth before the whitening process begins.

During a consultation with Dr. Aiken, you can learn more about how you can make sure your Zoom whitening lasts as long as possible.