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!”
No one wants to look in the mirror and see a dull, yellow smile. Unfortunately, stains on teeth are hard to avoid. Every time you sip a glass of wine, enjoy a cup of coffee or even eat a handful of healthy blueberries, dark pigments from those foods and beverages become lodged in your tooth enamel. Fortunately, tooth whitening offers a simple, safe way to get rid of your dental stains. Burlington and Jericho, VT, dentists Drs. Paul Dunkling and Greg Penney of Dunkling and Penney Dentistry explain how whitening can brighten your smile.
Teeth whitening gets rid of tooth-darkening pigments
No matter how well or often you brush your teeth, you can't rid of the dark pigments foods and beverages leave behind. Pigments seep deep into microscopic pores in your tooth enamel and can't be reached by your toothbrush bristles. Although it's not possible to brush away those stain-causing pigments, they can be eliminated by applying a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel. The gel breaks apart the pigments, removing the stains.
It's all about the hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide strength varies depending on whether you take advantage of professional whitening treatment or use over-the-counter products. Professional formulations dentists use are much stronger than those used in the products you'll find online or at a Burlington or Jericho drugstore. If you choose professional whitening, you enjoy these benefits:
- Quick Results: Your teeth will be much whiter after just one professional whitening session, although occasionally a second session may be needed. Drugstore products can take weeks or months to lighten your teeth.
- A Brighter Smile: After a one-hour professional whitening treatment, you can expect your teeth to lighten by three to eight shades.
- A Safer Experience: Tooth sensitivity can be a problem after whitening, particularly if your teeth or gums accidentally come in contact with the hydrogen peroxide gel. When you opt for an in-office whitening treatment, your gums will be protected by a rubber shield or a layer of protective gel. Your cheeks and lips will also be held away from your teeth with comfortable plastic retractors.
- Two Options: At-home whitening kits are also available from the dentist's office. The kits contain a supply of whitening gel and custom-made whitening trays.
Lighten your smile with teeth whitening! Call Burlington and Jericho, VT, dentists Drs. Paul Dunkling and Greg Penney of Dunkling and Penney Dentistry at (802) 863-3479 for the Burlington office and (802) 899-3973 for the Jericho office.
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!