Posts for tag: Teeth Whitening
If you're ready to put the "pizzazz" back into your smile, your dentist may be able to help. It's possible your dull, dingy smile could be transformed with teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening or bleaching is a technique that applies a solution with a bleaching agent (usually up to 35% hydrogen peroxide in an office setting) to the teeth to whiten them. Although there are Do-It-Yourself home whitening kits you can use, there are a few good reasons why you should first consider a whitening procedure in a dental office setting.
To begin with, you should first have your teeth examined by a dentist to determine why they're discolored. Certain foods and beverages we consume or tobacco habits are the usual culprits causing stains on the enamel, the outermost tooth layer. These are the kinds of stains targeted by most whitening solutions.
But the interior of a tooth can also become discolored for reasons like trauma, past dental work or tetracycline use at an early age. If your staining is internal (intrinsic) rather than external (extrinsic) reducing that discoloration will require an invasive procedure only a dentist can perform—a home kit won't be able to do the job.
Another reason for having your teeth whitened by your dentist (even extrinsic staining) involves your time and the degree of brightness you'd like. Because dentists use stronger bleaching solutions (home kits usually use a weaker solution of 10% carbamide peroxide) it takes fewer sessions than home kits to achieve results—and they may last longer. In addition, dentists have more control over the level of brightness to match your expectations of a more subdued, natural look or a dazzling "Hollywood" smile.
A dentist can also help you navigate special circumstances like matching and managing natural teeth whiteness with dental restorations (which don't bleach) or special whitening situations like a single discolored tooth.
Even if you eventually decide to go the home kit route, consulting with a dentist first can still prove helpful. You'll get expert advice on products, tips on how to apply them and how to prolong the whitening effect. Whichever way you go, home kit or dentist, you can gain a brighter, more confident smile with teeth whitening.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!”
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
You took the plunge and invested some time and money in professional teeth whitening. You're thrilled with the results because your teeth lightened by several shades quickly and safely, thanks to professional strength hydrogen peroxide gel and careful supervision by Dr. Paul Gibberman and his team.
You want to know how to care for those beautiful pearly whites. How can you get the most mileage out of your teeth whitening treatment? Actually, after care for this cosmetic dental procedure is pretty simple.
Easy Tips for Keeping Teeth White
- Floss daily, and brush your teeth at least twice a day, particularly before bedtime so staining foods and beverages don't have a chance to seep into tooth enamel. If it's not convenient to brush because you are at work or on the road, at least rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to remove food residues. Also, use quality fluoridated toothpaste (with whitening ingredients) and floss. Look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
- Make some lifestyle changes. Avoid, or consume in moderation, foods and beverages that soften and stain teeth. This includes tomatoes, red wine, coffee, cola, soy sauce, blueberries, black tea. Use a straw to drink dark beverages, as this directs the liquid away from the front side of the teeth. Most importantly, stop smoking pipes, cigarettes and cigars, and don't chew tobacco. Tobacco does more than stain teeth, it undermines tooth enamel and contributes to gum disease and a whole host of devastating health problems.
- Use a professional touch-up kit provided by Gibberman Dental. The trained staff will instruct you on how and when to use it. Occasional touch-ups greatly extend the life of your professional whitening treatment.
See Dr. Paul Gibberman and His Associate Dentists
Of course, the foundation of any bright, healthy smile is excellent family and cosmetic dentistry. Paul Gibberman DDS, Jack Tsai DMD and Lauren B. Gibberman DDS have the expertise, experience and caring attitude to keep your dental health on track. Be sure you and the entire family see them at least twice a year for check-ups and cleanings and to take advantage of their cosmetic dental services which add great aesthetics to a healthy set of teeth and gums.
Call Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, Virginia for an appointment: (703) 823-6616.