Sedation Dentistry

At Cottonwood Dental, we are pleased to offer our patients non-invasive professional teeth whitening in Albuquerque & Rio Rancho.

We offer:

  • Zoom Teeth Whitening
  • Custom Take-Home Whitening Trays
  • A Combination of Both Zoom Whitening and Custom Whitening Trays

Goals of Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening services are used to brighten the natural color of the tooth enamel, and it is an easy, non-invasive way to improve the appearance and of your smile. There are several different ways that patients can whiten their teeth. Home tooth whitening systems are the most popular method, and they can give patients dramatic results. However, before beginning a tooth whitening regimen, it’s important to determine if any fillings, crowns or other restorations need to be replaced, as tooth whitening only works on the natural tooth enamel. In our office, replacements will be done after the bleaching, so your new fillings will match the new color of your teeth.

Touch ups every several years are necessary to keep your teeth looking white. People who smoke or drink coffee, tea or wine may need touch ups more frequently.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
  • Normal wear of outer tooth layer
  • Stained teeth (due to medication, or certain foods and drink)

What Does Professional Tooth Whitening Involve?

Providing you with the right home tooth whitening system takes two visits. The first visit is used to take impressions of your teeth in order to create your clear, plastic whitening trays. At your next appointment, we’ll check to see that the trays fit properly and then make any necessary adjustments. You’ll wear these trays either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks. The length of the treatment depends largely on how white you want your teeth to get and what the current level of staining on your teeth is. After your whitening treatment, it is typical for your teeth to be more sensitive than normal, but this sensation will subside. In addition to the trays and solution, you will also receive care instructions to help ensure your smile stays healthy and white.

    Teeth Whitening Services

    There are many methods Dr. Giaquinto uses to whiten your teeth. Typically this involves high concentrations of either Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide such as in our Zoom whitening in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Our whitening regimen includes the Luma light which is an intense light that’s focused on your teeth to activate the bleaching process.

    Disclaimer: Don’t use household bleach/hydrogen peroxide on your teeth.

    The teeth whitening process takes between one and two hours, and teeth may whiten anywhere from two to eight shades. In office methods and professional teeth whitening are considered to be some of the fastest, most effective and safest methods available.

    Dr. Giaquinto takes an impression of your mouth and fabricates custom fitted whitening trays for you to take home. At home, you dispense teeth whitening gel into the trays and wear them for a few hours a day or night for a period of time.

    Over-the-counter teeth whitening products have become very popular in recent years and can be found just about anywhere. These whitening strips can (in many cases) produce whiter teeth. The downside is they don’t produce same quality of results you would see with in-office treatments and whitening trays due to lower concentrations of the hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.

    These thin, flexible strips, coated with a whitening gel, are placed over your teeth. How long the whitening lasts depends on your teeth and how often you drink beverages like coffee or wine or if you smoke. One of the more effective whitening strips include Crest 3D White, 2 Hour Express Whitestrips, etc.

    With this method, a whitening solutions is applied to the teeth via a one-size-fits-all tray. The accuracy of the fit is not as comfortable or effective as custom fabricated whitening trays. Gum irritation from average fitting trays is one of the downsides for this technique.

    As a rule, Dr. Giaquinto has not found whitening tooth pastes to be effective. What we have seen is an increase in tooth sensitivity caused by the whitening gel found in these products.

    Call For More Information!

    Teeth whitening services in Rio Rancho can be just the thing to boost your confidence. We understand how discouraging it is to not have not-so-pearly whites, which is why we recommend a visit to our teeth whitening dentist, Dr. Giaquinto! Please feel free to call our office at (505) 899-7645 and see if dental sedation might help you with your tolerance for dental procedures. Remember to ask about our Zoom teeth whitening services in Albuquerque, NM!