Why would you want your teeth whitened?

Well, nothing is more appealing than nice clean white teeth. Everyone is different; Very few people have brilliant-white teeth, and our teeth can also become more discolored as we get older. There is your second reason. Cleaner healthy looking teeth make you look younger. Certain foods and drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine can stain your teeth over time. Therefore, whitening your teeth can turn back the hands of time.

Some people have dark teeth due to antibiotic use as children and young adults. Some of the newer teeth bleaching techniques can be effective in lightening this type of stain. If you this type of internal staining whitening may be for you.

The last reason is cost. Of all the cosmetic procedures whitening is the least costly. So for less than the cost of one porcelain veneer you can get all your teeth whitened!

What types of treatments are involved when Tooth Whitening?
Ask Dr. Spinner about tooth-whitening options. They include a number of over-the-counter whitening systems, whitening toothpastes, and the latest high-tech option--laser tooth whitening. For maximum whitening, experts agree that peroxide gel or some form of peroxide works best. Be sure mixture you use is FDA and ADA approved so you know it will not harm your tooth structure.

Supervised bleaching procedures that are done in-office and at-home have become among the most popular treatment options. In some cases, the procedure is performed entirely in the office, using a light or heat source to speed up the bleaching process. In other cases, an oral health care professional gets the procedure started during an office visit and then gives you what you need to complete it at home. Still another popular procedure is one that you complete entirely at home.

At-home procedures, consist of placing a bleaching solution, usually a peroxide gel mixture, in a tray (night guard) that has been custom fitted for your mouth. The bleaching solutions may vary in potency and may be worn for an hour, or throughout the night. Dr. Spinner can advise you on the appropriate type of application and the length of time needed to whiten your teeth, based on the severity of tooth discoloration and your specific needs.

How effective is Tooth Whitening?
Based on clinical studies, 96 percent of patients with typical stains experience some lightning effect. Other types of stains, such as those produced by tetracycline use or fluorosis (too much fluoride), respond to bleaching less reliably. If you have a tooth-color filling when your teeth are bleached, the filling will stay yellow - dental restorations, like crowns, do not change color when tooth whitener is applied.

Are there any side effects to Tooth Whitening?
Some people experienced uncomfortable short-term side effects when having teeth bleached. Hydrogen peroxide can increase temperature sensitivity in the teeth, particularly at higher concentrations, and if over used the whitening can cause short term gum irritation. Both of these side effects are short term and usually pass in a few days.

Overzealous use of over-the-counter home bleaching products can wear away tooth enamel, especially with solutions that contain acid. Therefore, bleaching is a procedure best done under the care of your dentist.

Still, the general health risks of bleaching systems are minimal as far as your body is concerned.

How white can my teeth become?
How white your teeth can become from bleaching and whitening is a common question with a very subjective answer. Some whitening procedures claim they can whiten your teeth by up to nine shades, but that is highly unlikely. Just a change of two or three shades will make a significant difference in just about anyone′s smile. There is no one standard system in the dental field to measure and determine tooth color.

Not all of your teeth are the same natural color. Usually your eye teeth tend to be darker than the others, your front teeth are typically the whitest, and molars tend to be a shade between the two. The goal for everyone is to achieve their individual optimum whiteness while still looking natural. During your first consultation for tooth whitening, Dr. Spinner will go over what you personally can expect for your specific smile. How white teeth will become from a given procedure will vary from person to person. The structure of your teeth and the type of procedure implemented will affect the outcome.

How long will my teeth stay whiter?
The effects of whitening can last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth. Ask your dentist for their opinion before you start the treatment.

How can I look after my teeth once they have been whitened by Tooth Whitening?

You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drink you have that can stain teeth. Don't forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discoloring and staining. We recommend the following tips to care for your teeth:

  • brush your teeth twice a day.
  • cut down or eliminate sugary snacks and drinks and if you have them at all, limit them to only meal times.
  • visit your dentist at least once a year



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