Teeth Whitening: Visiting a Dentist Makes a Significant Difference

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There are some things in life, like teeth whitening, in which doing it right is important. If you have teeth that are discolored or stained, whitening them is a fast way to improve your smile and your overall appearance.  If you do so correctly, the results will be beautiful.  If not, you could irritate your teeth and cause lasting sensitivity.  This makes it important to visit a dentist before getting started.

Why do I need to be careful when whitening my teeth?

Erosion.  Put simply, there is a limited amount of enamel on your teeth and this enamel is what protects them.  If the enamel erodes or dissolves, it will not grow back and you could be left with permanently sensitive teeth.  There are several things that can cause erosion, and acid is a major culprit.  Unfortunately, most of the home remedies for whitening teeth involve an acidic agent like lemons or limes. When acid is placed on your teeth it will cause the enamel to erode; so while this can naturally make them appear whiter, it is also extremely dangerous.  Additionally, store bought whitening kits can also pose a risk.  Not because the solution will erode the enamel but because over using it will.  Many people find that the results are not dramatic enough when they use a store-bought kit and use it repeatedly as a result.  This is dangerous and so we recommend visiting our office instead.

What makes a dentist teeth whitening better?

Our solution.  We use a professional grade whitening solution that is designed to penetrate the enamel and remove the deep stains and discoloration that comes from within your teeth.  This works through the process of oxidization where the molecules inside of the teeth are made to reflect less light and appear colorless as a result.  The process works quickly and produces dramatic results.  What you buy in the store can typically only remove surface stains so this makes a significant difference overall.  Additionally, our solution works much faster than anything you can buy in the store.  One in-office treatment can whiten your teeth in an hour while an at-home dental treatment can produce dramatic results in around a week.  As a result, our teeth whitening treatments are dependable and incredibly effective.

What if the stains do not go away?

Another benefit to whitening your teeth with a dentist is that if you have stubborn stains, we have other solutions to address them.  A non-invasive one is to place bonding material on the surface of your stained tooth.  The bonding material is tooth-colored and will blend in with your surrounding teeth.  It is shaped in place and hardened with a dental light for a natural appearance.  We can complete the bonding procedure in one appointment so that you can walk in with stains and leave with beautiful teeth.  if you have other issues that you want to address, we can do so using dental veneers.  By bonding veneers to the surface of your teeth, we can close gaps, cover stains, and even change their shape or appearance.

To learn more about teeth whitening or our other dental solutions, call and schedule an appointment today.

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