We all have a thing or two about ourselves that we would like to change or improve. Some people may want longer hair, smaller feet, or maybe the perfect smile! It is perfectly okay to want to make changes here and there to satisfy your personal wants.
In this series of Cosmetic Dentistry, we will talk about teeth whitening, white fillings, smile makeovers, porcelain veneers and dental bonding.
Before Dr. Angart begins cosmetic dentistry, it is important that we do a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. Having a healthy foundation and environment for your new cosmetic dentistry is the key to keeping it for a lifetime.
Part One: Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening can restore brightness to stained teeth. Over time, your teeth become discolored because elements of foods and beverages get embedded in the enamel. This can make your smile look older and unhealthy. Because staining is so common, teeth whitening is one of the most in-demand cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Several factors can lead to discolored teeth, many of which can be easily controlled or corrected. Among the most common causes of tooth discoloration is:
- Foods and beverages, especially fruit juices, berries, tea and coffee
- Natural wear and tear
- Injury to the tooth
Foods, beverages, and smoking stains in particular are easily treated with teeth whitening, because they are extrinsic stains. This means that the staining is limited to the outer surfaces of the teeth. Teeth whitening procedures are very effective at correcting this type of discoloration.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Most whitening systems use a whitening agent that is painted onto or otherwise applied to the surface of the teeth. The agent is left for a specific amount of time, and then is removed. Some whitening techniques require multiple applications, while others can lighten the teeth by several shades in a single office visit.
The basic approaches to teeth whitening include:
- Traditional in-office professional whitening
- KöR – Power teeth whitening done in-office
- At-home professional whitening
- Over-the-counter, at-home treatments
While over-the-counter whitening is a popular option, it is not as effective or as long lasting as professional teeth whitening performed by or prescribed by a cosmetic dentist like Jeffrey L. Angart, DDS. The whitening agents used in the office are more powerful than those available in your local grocery store. In many cases, we can whiten the teeth with no sensitivity due to the proprietary ingredients we use.
The procedure of teeth whitening is simple and painless. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. We then apply the proprietary Power Whitening Gel in three phases. A fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You’ll be amazed with the results!