Whitening your teeth helps you look younger and healthier and brightens your outlook as well.
For The Whiter, Brighter Smile People Love
For a special occasion—or whenever it’s important to look your best—a brighter smile can work wonders and it’s so easy.
Everyone’s teeth darken over the time as stain and discolorations affect the enamel surface. Coffee, cola, tea, smoking, and even some medications can darken your teeth. Fortunately, today there are ways that can return your smile to its whiter, brighter, youthful appearance.
A dentist-supervised whitening is faster and produces greater changes than an over-the-counter treatment can. When you choose a dentist-supervised whitening treatment, you’ll get the results you hope for and avoid problems due to sensitivity of your teeth and gums that can occur with a store-bought kit.
- Immediate Whitenings – If you’re in a hurry to make the change, your dentist can whiten your teeth 5-10 shades in about an hour. For this process, your dentist will utilize special whitening agents and a whitening light to accelerate the process. This is a fast, safe procedure that’s been used by millions of smiling people.
- In-Home Whitenings – If you’d rather whiten your teeth at home, your dentist will provide a special at-home kit with custom-made trays that are molded to fit your teeth for better, faster results. These ensure the gel reaches all your teeth, so you’ll whiten your entire smile rather than just a few front teeth. This process uses a milder form of gel and will take a few weeks.
Whichever treatment you prefer, there’s really no reason to wait. A brighter smile is always a brilliant idea. For more information about teeth whitenings, click here. If your smile requires more work to make it great, Lumineers may be an option to consider.
Check out the flexible payment options that make it easy to brighten your smile. Plus we accept most dental insurance, and we offer a special dental discount program for patients without insurance.
How to improve your oral health
Many people ring in a new year by making health-related resolutions to improve their lives, but how many of those lifestyle changes are kept past January? The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up to date in the profession through continuing education, has compiled some easy-to-keep oral health tips that consumers can work into their everyday routines and continue to perform throughout the year.
“Oral health means more than just an attractive smile,” says AGD spokesperson Raymond Martin, DDS, MAGD. “Poor oral health and untreated oral diseases and conditions can have a significant impact on quality of life. And, in many cases, the condition of the mouth mirrors the condition of the body as a whole.”
- Floss every day. It’s the single most important factor in preventing gum disease, which affects more than 50 percent of adults. Spend two to three minutes flossing at least once a day. Not flossing because it irritates your gums? The more often you floss, the tougher your gums will become.
- Brush your teeth for at least two to three minutes twice daily. If you’re not sure whether you’re brushing long enough, simply brush for the length of an entire song on the radio.
- Change your toothbrush or toothbrush head (if you’re using an electric toothbrush) before the bristles become splayed and frayed, or every three to four months. Not only are old toothbrushes ineffective, they may harbor harmful bacteria that can cause infections, such as gingivitis and gum disease.
- Drink sugary beverages through a straw. This will minimize the amount of time that the sugars are in contact with your teeth, which can minimize the risk of developing cavities.
- Replace carbonated beverages, which cause enamel erosion and cavities, with water, milk, tea, or coffee.
- Chew sugarless gum that contains xylitol after meals and snacks. This will help cleanse your mouth and prevent the bacteria associated with cavities from attaching to your teeth. Even better, gum will increase your saliva production and reduce bad breath!
- Wait one hour to brush your teeth after consuming highly acidic food or drinks, like wine, coffee, citrus fruits, and soft drinks. Otherwise, you run the risk of wearing away the enamel on your teeth.
“One last reminder to patients is that they should make an appointment to see their general dentist every six months,” adds Dr. Martin. “More than 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations, meaning that your dentist could be the first health care provider to diagnose a health problem.”
Hygiene tips for a stellar smile
- Brush with the radio on – dentists recommend brushing for the entire length of a song.
- Use fluoridated, antimicrobial toothpastes and mouth rinses. They help to make the tooth structure resistant to decay.
- Keep oral hygiene products at work. Studies show that the chance of a person using them during the day will increase 65 percent.
- Talk to your dentist about new products you’re using, as all products are not suited for all people.
- Skip the caffeine. Avoiding caffeine before a dental appointment can make you less anxious.
- Communicate. Use hand signals to inform the dentist that you are uncomfortable, and talk to your dentist about your specific fears.
What can I do about sensitive teeth?
Tooth sensitivity can be reduced by using a desensitizing toothpaste; having your dentist apply sealants and other desensitizing and filling materials, including fluoride; and decreasing the intake of acid-containing foods. Using tartar-control toothpaste will sometimes cause teeth to be sensitive as well as drinking soft drinks throughout the day, so these habits should be avoided.
Avoid using hard-bristled toothbrushes and brushing your teeth too hard, which can wear down the tooth’s surface and expose sensitive spots. The way to find out if you’re brushing your teeth too hard is to take a good look at your toothbrush. If the bristles are pointing in multiple directions, you’re brushing too hard.
Is bleaching safe for you?
The active ingredient in most of whitening agents is carbamide peroxide; when water comes into contact with this white crystal, the release of hydrogen peroxide lightens the teeth.
Several studies have proven bleaching to be safe and effective. The American Dental Association has granted its seal of approval to some tooth bleaching products. Some patients may experience slight gum irritation or tooth sensitivity, which will resolve when the treatment ends.
How long does bleaching last?
Lightness should last from one to five years, depending on your personal habits such as smoking and drinking coffee and tea. At this point you may choose to get a touch-up. The retreatment time is much shorter than the original treatment time.