Teeth Whitening With GLO

Teeth_WhiteningWith so many teeth whitening options available, it can be a challenge for a lay person to weigh the benefits of each approach. Dr. Carol Ford’s cosmetic dental office uses the GLO system for its in-office whitening treatments, having chosen the system because of its record of effectiveness and safety.

Invented by oral health expert Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, the GLO system uses a patented Guided Light Optics (G.L.O.) system that combines heat plus light in a closed system mouthpiece to activate professional-strength GLO Professional Whitening Gel. The GLO system, like most in-office teeth whitening systems, offers a host of benefits over do-it-yourself whitening kits:

  • It’s faster. Because the treatment is supervised, a higher percentage of whitening agent (25-40 percent hydrogen peroxide) can be used during a GLO treatment, compared to an at-home treament. As a result, most patients see significant results in one 32-minute whitening session!
  • It’s safer. The dental professional supervising your whitening session will ensure that your gums are protected from the whitening agent by inserting dental dams or using a special protective gel. These will ensure you don’t experience discomfort or other problems during the procedure.
  • It protects your overall oral health. Before your teeth whitening treatment, a dentist will examine your mouth to detect any underlying health issues that could be impacting the color of your teeth. By doing this, he or she ensures that they are providing a positive cosmetic enhancement, rather than just treating a surface symptom of a deeper dental challenge.

While many patients achieve much of the whitening effect they are seeking after an in-office GLO treatment, adding a dentally supervised at-home whitening application to the treatment plan can extend the period in which teeth are whiter. Dr. Ford’s patients may choose to use the GLO at-home system, which can help maintain whitening results.

“There are many ways to brighten your smile,” says Dr. Ford, who practices in central Phoenix. “We have chosen GLO as our primary in-office teeth whitening system because it produces reliable results quickly for our patients.”

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