Accelerated Tooth Whitening

Frustrated with tooth discoloration? We can help! We offer our patients both in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments that can bring about beautiful, radiant results that last.

Located in Cabot AR, our team at the dental practice of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS is committed to providing patients with the highest quality of dental care. For more information about our practice or any of the services we offer, contact us today.

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What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

Some degree of tooth discoloration is natural — after all, your teeth are exposed to absolutely everything you eat and drink. But extensive discoloration can be embarrassing and distract from an otherwise beautiful smile. Most of this discoloration occurs when the surface of the enamel is stained, but it can also occur beneath the enamel surface. Activities like smoking and drinking coffee can drastically increase your chances of staining both of these layers of tooth enamel.

What are the benefits of having my teeth whitened?

It’s amazing how your bright dazzling smile gives you more confidence when interacting and talking with others. Whitening is great before a big event such as a wedding or job interview.

And people react to a bright smile. According to a survey from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 48 percent of people believe a smile is the most memorable feature after first meeting someone, more than the first thing a person says (25%). Respondents perceived people with flawed smiles as less attractive (37%) and less confident (25%) compared to people with perfect, white smiles.

Am I a Candidate for Accelerated Teeth Whitening?

Nearly any patient interested in having a whiter, brighter smile is a candidate for an accelerated teeth whitening treatment.

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Zoom! Accelerated Teeth Whitening

At Jirik DDS, we offer our clients two convenient treatment options: in-office, instant Zoom whitening treatments, and at home, gradual Zoom whitening treatments.

While a trip to the dentist can improve teeth discoloration to some degree, it cannot be used to combat all teeth discoloration. An in-office Zoom Treatment can easily be added on to your regularly scheduled dental visit and give your smile the extra bit of brightness it needs to really shine. These in-office treatments provide clients with instantaneous, beautiful teeth whitening results.

Can I Perform Teeth Whitening At Home?

Prefer to take care of your teeth whitening in the comfort of your own home? We also offer our patients Zoom take-home treatments. These utilize the power of high-potency gels administered through special trays, custom-made to fit your jaw. There are a variety of different Philips Zoom take-home treatments that patients can choose from, so you can take comfort knowing your treatment will be comfortable and perfectly suited to your needs.

Will my teeth be sensitive after my Zoom! whitening treatment?

Because teeth whitening agents penetrate the enamel of your teeth, your teeth can be a little sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks for a brief period, but this passes in a day or two. If you have particularly sensitive teeth, be sure to tell us as we can desensitize your teeth with potassium nitrate or calcium phosphate before we perform the whitening.

How long will my teeth whitening treatment take?

Keep in mind that while the in-office treatment requires no follow-up visits, the at-home treatment needs to be used consistently over a period of time. However, the at-home treatment does have the added bonus of being able to be completed in the comfort of your own space.

How long can I expect my teeth to stay white after teeth whitening?

There isn’t any limit on how often a person can have a Zoom! whitening treatment. There isn’t any cumulative effect of the hydrogen peroxide whitening agents. The question is when you feel you need another whitening session at our Cabot offices.

There’s no “set” duration for how long your teeth will stay bright and white. If your teeth became stained by coffee and the like, they will become stained again. But you don’t have to give up that glass of red wine — when you feel your teeth are becoming a little dingy again, simply come back in and we’ll whiten them again. Or, if you have at-home trays, we’ll resupply your whitening gel.

Home hygiene also makes a difference. Using whitening toothpaste (ADA approved, of course), and brushing for two minutes twice daily is important. Plus, coming in for twice-yearly professional cleanings with Dr. Jirik and our team is equally important to keeping your teeth their whitest.

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Will I Need Multiple Teeth Whitening Sessions?

Keep in mind that while the in-office treatment requires no follow-up visits, the at-home treatment needs to be used consistently over a period of time. However, the at-home treatment does have the added bonus of being able to be completed in the comfort of your own space.

Is teeth whitening OK if I have veneers, crowns, or fillings?

The hydrogen peroxide gel used for our teeth whitening treatments at Dr. Jirik’s are safe for all mouths. They won’t harm veneers, crowns, bridges, or fillings. In fact, a person having one or two crowns may see fit to have whitening done when their teeth become a little dingy because the porcelain in their crowns doesn’t stain. As the natural tooth enamel of the other teeth become stained, the crowns can stand out. The same is true with teeth with porcelain veneers on them. Whitening makes everything uniform once again.

Is teeth whitening a popular treatment?

Teeth whitening is a very popular treatment in the U.S. When asked about what aspect of their smile they would most like to change, surveys have found that nearly 90 percent of respondents say, “whiter teeth.”

 Teeth whitening, particularly with the great in-office or at-home options with Zoom!, is safe, effective, and simple. Most people equate bright, white teeth with a healthy person, so it makes sense people want to correct their stained, yellowed teeth.

Is teeth whitening painful?

These treatments don’t involve any pain whatsoever. That is true of both our in-office and at-home Zoom! whitening treatments.

Is teeth whitening safe?

It’s not a new thing for people to want bright white teeth. In fact, the first recorded practice of teeth whitening was in ancient Egypt about 4,000 years ago. Egyptians used a ground-up pumice stone mixed with white vinegar to produce a whitening paste that was applied to the teeth.

Teeth whitening is totally safe. In fact, there are not any recorded instances of irreversible or structural damage caused by teeth whitening programs. Our Zoom! whitening agents work in the same way that detergent removes stains from clothing. The hydrogen peroxide gently penetrates the enamel, where it breaks down the stains. There can be some initial tooth sensitivity after your treatment, but that is not an indicator of tooth damage, and it passes in a couple days at the most.

 These are completely safe, effective, satisfying treatments for our patients from all over the Cabot, Conway, and Little Rock area.


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Samuel F. Jirik, DDS is committed to providing patients with a broad, comprehensive range of dental care. For more information about our accelerated teeth whitening procedures, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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