You may have heard the commercial, "If you aren't whitening, you're yellowing." It's true. With age, teeth become more yellow. To add to the problem, certain foods and beverages can cause stains and discolorations. If you want to restore your teeth to a more youthful appearance, you may want to try one of the many over-the-counter products which include strips, pastes and rinses. But for the fastest and best results, you should consider one of the methods offered by dental professionals. Whichever method you use, before whitening you should book a general cleaning with your regular dentist. Removing surface stains before whitening will help to achieve optimum results. Here are a few of the top spots for teeth whitening in the Tampa Bay area.
For fast whitening, Dr. Kimbrough offers an in-office procedure with Zoom. During a one-and-a-half hour visit and a $595 investment, you will see a noticeably lighter and brighter smile. After a professional cleaning, the Zoom product is applied to the teeth in 20-minute sessions. The solution is light-cured, removed and then reapplied up to four times (depending on sensitivity and desired results). You are then fitted with custom trays and provided one tube of whitening solution to be used for at-home touch ups. If you opt for an out-of-the-office procedure, you can get the custom trays and whitening solution for $400. For real cost savings, try the Zoom Pen for just $25. The whitening pen lets you "color in" your teeth with a specially developed whitening agent without any mess. For maximum results, use the pen twice a day – daytime and nighttime – and then refrain from eating or drinking for half an hour. Each pen lasts for up to a month.
Charles Martin, DDS
1810 S. MacDill Ave., Suite 3
Tampa, FL 33629
Dr. Martin has a passion for aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry and offers several solutions for a whiter smile. Schedule a 45-minute "power bleaching" appointment for $400. Opalescence brand gel is applied to the teeth in three 15-minute increments and activated with a light. You will also receive custom trays and whitening gel to take home for touch ups. If you prefer home treatment only, receive the custom trays and two tubes of the Opalescence brand gel (good for six uses) for $300. The Opalescence gel comes in four strengths with the stronger solutions producing faster results. Lower-strength solutions are more tolerable for those with sensitive teeth and gums.
Muscaro & Martini Dentistry
3502 Bay to Bay Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33629
Tampa dentists Muscaro and Martini offer comprehensive dental care beginning with an individual assessment of your oral health. The practice is known for its "excellent general dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic dentistry." For professional whitening at home, Muscaro and Martini offer a custom tray system with a two-week supply of Opalescence whitening gel for $440. Use just a small amount in the upper and lower tray and wear for 10 to 14 days for optimum results. Depending on your tolerance and discoloration, the trays can be worn for four to six hours a day, or overnight, until desired results are achieved. You can also choose the Opalescence Trèswhite Supreme system. For $110, you receive 10 pre-filled trays to be worn for 60 minutes a day. In addition to powerful whitening ingredients, Trèswhite contains potassium nitrate and fluoride, which have been proven to prevent cavities and re-mineralize the teeth.
Walker and Raynal, DMD
212 N. Moon Ave.
Brandon, FL 33510
At Walker and Raynal, you can expect exceptional care and a relaxed atmosphere. These dentists stay on top of the most advanced technology and procedures so that you'll get the best treatment for your condition. Walker and Raynal offer two methods of whitening, both accomplished in the comfort of your own home. For a low $35, receive a five-day supply of Sheer White brand strips. Superior to the strips you find in your local drug store, Sheer White strips stay on better, create less sensitivity and provide better results. Wear the strips for as little as two hours a day or overnight for maximum results. Or, for $288, opt for the Polanite brand gel method. You'll receive custom trays and eight syringes of gel that provide seven to 10 days of whitening. Apply the gel to the trays and wear for just two hours a day for a whiter smile. Refill kits are $45.
Richard A. Assing, DDS, PA
719 W. Robertson St.
Brandon, FL 33511
Richard A. Assing provides a wide range of services to give you a healthy, beautiful smile including porcelain crowns, veneers, onlays, restoration and implants. In addition, he offers in-office laser whitening. The Zoom whitening solution is applied to the teeth and activated with an ultraviolet light. The hour-long procedure costs $500 and includes custom trays and one syringe of whitening solution for touch-ups. Additional syringes can be purchased for $25 each. Each syringe contains three applications.
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Kelly Machbitz was the on-air beauty expert for CBS 10 News and also appeared on 48 Hours. Author of "All About Face, A Guide to Makeup" and "Wear This, Not That!" (Amazon.com), Kelly owns a cosmetic studio and consulting practice in Tampa Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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