Everyone wants a white, healthy smile. Unfortunately, things don't always go as planned. Stains and discolorations are all-too-common dental problems, which explains why teeth whitening is such a popular procedure. Regular oral exams and cleanings can ward off the majority of stains, but some things are beyond your control. The simple act of aging can produce stains, and various environmental and lifestyle factors can too. The good news is that most stains can be resolved through safe, effective teeth whitening procedures.
Avoid Stains with Good Oral Hygiene and Smart Habits
Avoiding stains on the teeth is a lot better than having to remove them. Excellent oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, can help you avoid the majority of stains. Visit the dentist to have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year.
Another great way to prevent stained teeth is by avoiding certain foods and drinks or brushing immediately after enjoying them. Examples include red wine, coffee and soda drinks. Tobacco use can quickly and permanently stain teeth and is also bad for your health, so kick the habit as quickly as possible.
Are You an Ideal Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
As effective as teeth whitening can be, it's not appropriate for everyone. Whether you decide to use an over-the-counter teeth whitening product or opt for a dentist-supervised procedure, you should consult with your dentist to find out whether it's safe. Certain types of teeth should not be exposed to even mild concentrations of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, which are used in these procedures and products.
Conditions that might preclude you from undergoing teeth whitening include:
- Tooth decay
- White spots on the teeth
- Infection of the gums
- Discolored teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Certain types of dental work, including crowns and bridges
How does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening involves a chemical reaction that penetrates the enamel of the teeth to bleach stains below the surface. Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide may be used. In either case, these chemicals work their way into the porous parts of the enamel to bleach stain deposits in the dentin, which is the layer just below the enamel. Teeth whitening at a dental office is hastened through the use of special lights that accelerate the bleaching process.
Teeth Whitening: Explore Your Options
If you've ever walked through a drugstore, you already know that there are entire sections dedicated to teeth-whitening products. These over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits are easy to use, but they aren't usually the best option. Don't use one without consulting with your dentist first. After doing that, you will probably choose to have the whitening performed in the office or with a take-home kit from your dentist instead.
The main problem with over-the-counter teeth-whitening products is that they're not as strong as the products your dentist can supply. You may have to expose your teeth to whitening chemicals over longer periods of time to achieve noticeable results, which can be detrimental to the health of your teeth. Furthermore, your dentist won't really be involved in the process, which can lead to problems later.
Take-Home Kits from Your Dentist
A nice alternative to over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits are take-home kits provided by your dentist. They are actually similar to what you'll find in drugstores, but they contain stronger chemicals that produce results a lot more quickly. When used as directed, they can also whiten your teeth more dramatically.
The primary advantage of a take-home kit is that it's convenient. It's also reassuring to know that it has been approved by your dentist. After a routine oral exam or teeth cleaning appointment, your dentist will send you home with the kit. You will receive instructions on how to use it properly. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled to ensure that the kit has worked and that you're satisfied with the results.
A beautiful smile is an important asset.
Not only do white teeth enhance your smile, but they make you feel more confident about our appearance. You’ll actually look younger and feel better in just 20 minutes! You deserve to have a beautiful and exceptional smile. We can help you achieve a whiter smile and a more confident you, in just 20 minutes.
The Sinsational Smile® whitening method.
Sinsational Smile® uses a fast and effective technology with our patented pre-filled silicone tray. This allows the jaw to remain relaxed and the person comfortable throughout the 20 minute procedure. This procedure includes the use of an LED accelerating light that helps to activate the gel's whitening ingredients at a faster rate, resulting in a brighter smile and whiter teeth in less time. As part of your procedure, you'll _also receive a take-home maintenance pen shown below to further extend your new brighter smile!
How many treatments will you need?
The number of treatments necessary will vary based on your need and color preference. On-going whitening treatments may be repeated on a scheduled basis to maintain and rejuvenate your smile. Though most people will notice a big difference after only one treatment, additional treatments could be necessary to achieve the sparkling white teeth you desire.
How long will the results last?
Whitening durations vary from person to person. Certain food and drinks as well as other factors (i.e. tobacco, medications, age) can all affect the longevity of your results, especially if between visits you continue to use the whitening pen. This easy to use pen _can be used anywhere and takes only a couple _of minutes to help you keep your teeth looking their whitest.
It’s best to have your teeth whitened immediately after your teeth have been professionally cleaned!