My teeth darkened a little after Zoom Whitening

I got Zoom whitening 3 weeks ago but now my teeth are not as white as they were at first. I was told that my teeth would stay white. Is this normal? – Zuni

Zuni – When you first receive in-office Zoom Whitening, your teeth will be brighter than in the days to come. In a week or so, after your teeth rehydrate, the color may be a few shades darker than when you first received the treatment, but that’s normal. In-office Zoom treatment is way to jump-start the whitening process, but it doesn’t eliminate the need for future whitening treatments.

Dentists provide patients with take-home whitening kits to use after in-office treatment. When you use the kit as directed by your dentist, your teeth will continue to whiten. But do not use the take-home kit more than directed by your dentist. It is possible to over-bleach your teeth. When that happens, your teeth can appear gray in color.

If you are following your dentist’s instructions for at-home treatment, but want your teeth even whiter, speak with our dentist about it. He or she will let you know how it can safely be done without harming your teeth.

This post is sponsored by Bedminster, NJ cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.

Full dentures or 2 partials?

Hi. I have 4 missing top teeth and 4 missing bottom teeth. The solution my dentist gave me is one I don’t like – top and bottom partial dentures. The thought of it sounds very uncomfortable. I am wondering if it’s just better to pull the rest of my teeth and just wear full dentures. Thanks Alexis

Alexis – It is best to keep your natural teeth as long as possible. If all of your teeth are extracted, your jawbone will begin to shrink.

When your jawbone shrinks, it is difficult for it to support a denture. Dentures make speaking and chewing more difficult. Eating won’t be as enjoyable. The dentures will begin to rub your jawbone and make it sore. Dental implants prevent jawbone shrinkage because they mimic natural teeth.  Dentures can be supported with dental implants. They will be stable, and they won’t rest on your jawbone and irritate it. But if you still have most of your natural teeth, there is no need to remove them and replace them with dentures or dental implants.

For your eight teeth that are missing, dental implants, or an implant-supported bridge are alternatives to a partial denture, and they will prevent jawbone shrinkage. Ask your dentist if you are a candidate for dental implants or an implant-supported bridge, or schedule a consultation with a skilled implant dentist or periodontist to discuss your options.

This post is sponsored by top NJ dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley of Bedminster, NJ.