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Your smile is one of your most valuable assets. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that 96 percent of adults believe that a healthy smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite gender. And 74 percent of adults believe an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.

When the same respondents were asked what they would like to improve about their smiles, the most prevalent response was “whiter and brighter teeth.”

A bright smile is often perceived to be a healthy smile. Many people seek to achieve this brighter appearance through the Zoom Chairside Whitening System, a one-hour bleaching process that lightens the discoloration of enamel and dentin.

Many dentists consider teeth-whitening to be the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. Indeed, under the proper supervision of a competent dentist like Dr. Nicholas, whitening is absolutely safe. Nevertheless, Zoom is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women or children younger than 13 years old.

Otherwise, whitening is a great option for just about anyone. Patients with reasonable expectations enjoy the results. Obviously, whitening doesn’t affect synthetic materials, such as bonding or fillings; although in some cases, it can improve the junction of a filling and the tooth structure.

Almost anyone can enjoy the benefits of having whiter teeth, though this treatment can be more effective for some people, less effective for others. Whitening is not perfect, because it can sometimes whiten inconsistently, depending on the surface tissue of the teeth. It is not a pigment, so it will not mask dark colors beneath the enamel; it just brightens the surface of the enamel.

Your compassionate dentist, Dr. Anne Nicholas, can determine if you’re a candidate for Zoom teeth-whitening with an oral exam and a shade assessment.

Come and see Dr. Nicholas at the Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry. She can be reached by phone at 760-851-0314 or at her office in Palm Desert, California.