Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teeth Whitening!

Everybody loves a bright white smile.  There are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of your teeth.

If you decide you would like to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your whitening options.

Start by speaking with your dentist.  Although whitening  of teeth has a dramatic impact on your smile, whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow-ish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. If you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth the whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. You may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding. Your dentist should guide you through the various options for ideal results says Dr. Cherukuri.

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

  • In-office bleaching. This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used. Lasers have been used during tooth whitening procedures to enhance the action of the whitening agent.

  • At-home bleaching. Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. There are potential side effects, such as increased sensitivity or gum irritation. Speak with your dentist if you have any concerns.

  • Whitening toothpastes. All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives. "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.

  • Over the counter whitening products offer limited results with concern of unmanaged side effects and sensitivity.
The right product and process can dramatically alter the shade of your teeth for a bright and confident smile! Your Dentist can help.


1 comment:

  1. Yes, we are all want to have white teeth and healthy teeth. Its very important that we should take care of our teeth to avoid gum disease or other causes infection.

    Kind Regards,