Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Brighten Your Smile!

photo of woman's smile before and after teeth whitening
This month’s topic concerns one of the more popular and beneficial dental procedures available to patients; teeth whitening.

Everybody wants a nice/bright smile, and today there are many dental products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours. Some people are satisfied with the improved shine they get from daily brushing and regular professional cleanings.  However, for those who would like to go a step beyond to make their smile look brighter, here are some additional whitening options.

First off, patients should mention their desire to whiten, and the dental team can work with you to figure out which procedures would be most effective. It’s important to know that not all teeth whitening products can correct all types of discoloration. For example, teeth with a yellow tint usually bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less, and teeth with a grey-ish tint may not bleach well at all.   

In addition, front teeth with large bondings or tooth-colored fillings may not be affected by whitening agents, and could stand out in your newly whitened smile. 

If you are a candidate for teeth whitening, there are multiple ways to whiten your smile:

In-office bleaching: This procedure, also known as chairside bleaching, usually requires only one office visit.  Either a protective gel is applied to your gums or a rubber shield is used to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light is sometimes used. In-office bleaching may take between 30-60 minutes.

At-home bleaching:  Teeth whiteners with a peroxide-based agent are used at home to bleach teeth enamel. Options include custom trays in which a small amount of bleaching gel is placed or products where the bleaching solution is embedded into pre-filled disposable trays.  Take-home bleaching products come in different strengths, which can be varied depending on tooth sensitivity or the amount of bleaching desired by the patient.

Whitening toothpastes: All toothpastes contain tiny abrasives that help remove surface stains. "Whitening" toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these ADA Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface.

Contact Beachside Dental today to schedule your dental visit and to discuss which teeth whitening option is best for you!
- Dr. Savidan