WHAT IS TEETH WHITENING AND BLEACHING
Teeth whitening is a low-risk procedure; therefore, it is suitable for a wide range of patients. Teeth whitening is a simple process. Candidates for teeth whitening typically have mild to moderate discoloration, and they want to achieve a sparkling smile.
Teeth whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). The bleach breaks tooth stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.
There are certain factors that may prevent some dental patients from being good candidates for teeth whitening treatment:
- Patients with restorations on the front facing teeth (such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or dental bonding): Unlike natural teeth, the restorative material does not respond to bleaching agents. Typically, if these patients do choose teeth whitening, they will also need to replace their restorations. The new crowns or veneers will match the enhanced color of their smile.
- Patients with intrinsic stains: Intrinsic stains are gray discolorations, white spots on the teeth, or discoloration that results from a "dead" tooth. These stains affect the underlying layers of the tooth. In general, teeth whitening is most effective on extrinsic stains (the yellow or brown stains) that affect the outer enamel.
- Patients with extreme tooth sensitivity or worn enamel: Whitening may exacerbate these conditions.
- Patients with bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD): Whitening trays may worsen these conditions. If patients with these health concerns wish to lighten their smiles, they may be better candidates for in-office whitening.
WHY DO I NEED TEETH WHITENING AND BLEACHING
Millions of people suffer from dental discoloration to varying degrees. Even those who brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly may find that food, environmental factors, and the passage of time will eventually take their toll on the natural radiance of their teeth.
Fortunately, professional teeth whitening is an incredibly effective way to lighten or totally eliminate stains and achieve a naturally white smile.
BENEFITS OF TEETH WHITENING AND BLEACHING
One of the biggest advantages of a professional whitening treatment comes from the knowledge that Dr. Basil Saiedy possesses about teeth staining. Dr. Saiedy will begin your whitening treatment by performing an exam of your teeth to try and determine the cause of the stains.
Dentists mostly see extrinsic stains, those that appear on the outside of the teeth caused by the food and beverages we consume, as well as lifestyle choices and other environmental factors. Sometimes, a dentist finds that a patient has intrinsic stains, which emanate from inside the teeth. Intrinsic stains are very hard to remove, and may not even respond to professional teeth whitening treatment.
Occasionally, your discolored teeth may indicate another issue. Teeth that appear darker than normal may signify a dead tooth which requires a root canal.
Unlike store-bought whitening treatments, a professional whitening treatment typically provides results that last a long time. Dr. Saiedy of Green Spring Dental Care can provide you with a take-home maintenance kit which will include custom-fit trays and tooth whitening gel to use at home. The take-home maintenance kit is especially helpful if you would like to see your teeth another shade or two brighter.
A Safe Option
One of the best things about professional whitening is that it is safe for your teeth. Professional strength teeth whiteners can potentially hurt your gums and lips; however, our dental team at Green Spring Dental Care take every measure to protect your lips and gums with a special type of gel designed to create a safer and more effective treatment for you. When compared with the mass-marketed whitening trays and strips that sometimes get on your gums or cheeks, your mouth will be much safer with professional teeth whitening is done in our dental office.
Most importantly, Dr. Basil Saiedy will advise you if the discoloration of your teeth results from an underlying factor that will not respond to whitening treatment. This will save you from continuing to try for impossible results and harming your teeth as excessive whitening can cause dental damage.
Smile with Confidence
People with yellowed or stained smiles tend to smile with their mouth closed, leading others to perceive them as unfriendly or lacking in self-esteem. Having your teeth professionally whitened will encourage you to present your best smile to the world, resulting in increased confidence and increased potential for advancement in the workplace.
Interesting Statistic: According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), 74%, of adults feel that an unhealthy looking smile can hurt a person’s chance for career success.