Posts for tag: Teeth Whitening
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.”
Find out if professional teeth whitening might be the best cosmetic option for you.
While you might love that morning cup o’ Joe, it certainly isn’t too kind on your teeth. If you have started to notice a dull, yellow smile as a result, then it might be time to consider talking to our Burlington and Jericho, VT, dentists, Dr. Paul Dunkling and Dr. Greg Penney, about whether teeth whitening is the best option for improving the brightness of your smile.
While teeth whitening isn’t designed to make teeth healthier, it can make your smile more radiant. Professional teeth whitening is a great option for someone who consumes a lot of stain-causing foods and drinks (e.g. red wine; black tea or coffee; tomato sauce).
As we get older, our teeth may also become darker. If this has happened to you, then professional teeth whitening may also be a great way to turn your smile around.
Here are two different whitening options from which to choose in Burlington and Jericho:
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Are you looking for a whiter smile without the wait? Then in-office whitening is the ideal option for you. This is the strongest and most effective way to get a whiter smile in less than one hour. The bleaching agent is applied to the teeth and, in many cases, a laser is directed over the teeth to activate the whitening gel and to speed up the process. Many people will get a smile that is several shades whiter in just one session.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
When we talk about at-home whitening, we certainly don’t mean the whitening toothpastes or at-home kits that you can snag from your local oral care aisle. Our at-home kit offers a strong bleaching agent coupled with custom-made whitening trays, which ensure that the bleaching gel reaches as many surfaces of your teeth as possible. While the results aren’t as fast as they are with our in-office whitening system, you will start to notice a whiter smile in a couple of weeks.
Do you have questions about professional in-office teeth whitening? Want to find out if you are the perfect candidate for this cosmetic treatment? Then it’s time you called Dunkling & Penney Dentistry in Burlington and Jericho, VT, to learn more.
Sometimes our favorite foods and drinks aren’t so nice on our smiles. From those morning cups of coffee to those evening glasses of wine, our teeth take a lot of wear and tear. Over time, this can cause some rather nasty stains that can be hard to get rid of with just normal brushing. This is when teeth whitening in Burlington comes in. If you want to get a brighter smile, find out more about this non-invasive cosmetic procedure first.
Fact #1: Professional teeth whitening doesn’t work on all stains.
If you are considering getting teeth whitening then you need to know that this system is really only effective on external stains, which are typically yellow. If you have internal stains caused by trauma or long-term antibiotic use, teeth whitening will most likely not give you the results you are looking for and you will want to consider other cosmetic treatments (e.g. dental veneers) for improving your smile.
Fact #2: Teeth whitening only works on natural teeth.
If you have dental work, keep in mind that teeth whitening will only whiten natural tooth enamel and not dental crowns, fillings, implants, etc.
Fact #3: You should follow proper post-whitening care to maintain your smile.
This means not only brushing and flossing each day but also abstaining from stain-producing foods and drinks like wine, coffee, berries and dark sauces. Those who smoke should also stay away from cigarettes or other tobacco products after their treatment to maintain long-lasting results.
Fact #4: Teeth bleaching results aren’t permanent.
Your whiter smile, however, can last about one year and up to three years. A lot will depend on how well you care for your smile and how much you refrain from consuming certain foods and drinks. You may also want to consider regular touchups in order to keep your whiter smile.
If you’re interested in getting a whiter smile for the New Year, then give your Burlington dentist a call. We can get you a more radiant look in under an hour!
While it might be hard to swallow, here are some of those holiday favorites that could put a damper on your bright smile.
It’s amazing how fast everything seems to happen once September hits. Before you know it the kids are back in school. Then you’re carving pumpkins and picking out costumes. And in the blink of an eye you are figuring out holiday travel plans and the foods you are going to prepare.
While you may be busy planning the biggest meal of the year, you may want to factor in your oral health when you plan the menu. It might sound silly, but you wouldn’t believe how some of your holiday favorites could stain your teeth. Here are some of the biggest culprits:
- Cranberry Sauce: This is certainly a staple for most people during Thanksgiving, but this festive-colored fruit bowl is just waiting to leave hard-to-remove stains from your teeth. Dark berries are one of the major culprits of a stained and yellowing smile, and cranberry sauce is no exception. If it’s just too hard to pass up the cranberry sauce, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water right away or brush your teeth immediately after you eat.
- Wine: Nothing says holidays quite like passing around the cocktails. While wine might be one of the major purchases on your holiday list, you may want to consider a more smile-friendly alternative. Both white and red wines can cause serious dental stains, and white wine’s acidity has also been known to damage tooth enamel. If you can’t say no to a glass of wine, then we recommend drinking it over a shorter amount of time rather than sipping it, so your teeth aren’t exposed to the damaging beverage too long.
- Fruit pies: The holidays tend to be a smorgasbord of fruit-filled pies. However, just as we mentioned with cranberry sauce, berries and dark fruits can stain teeth. Furthermore, the acidity can damage tooth enamel, which can weaken teeth. If you want to keep that beautiful smile but need something sweet, opt for chocolate or even pumpkin pie, which won’t cause the same stain problems that fruit will.
If you want to have a brighter smile for the holidays, then try to avoid these foods while gathered around the dinner table this holiday season. If you do, your smile will certainly be thankful.
However, if you’re actually looking to get a more radiant smile this holiday season, then you may want to consider teeth whitening in Burlington. We can give you that whiter smile you crave to dazzle at holiday parties or to improve your self-confidence. Call our office today to find out more about our teeth whitening system.