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Teeth whitening or bleaching is one of the most affordable and least invasive ways of improving your smile. Although the effect fades with time, whitening can make dull and dingy teeth more attractive in short order.
Teeth whitening is also unique among cosmetic dental procedures in that you can do it yourself at home. While professional bleaching solutions are stronger and capable of greater brightness and longevity, you can still achieve good results with a DIY kit.
If you decide to whiten at home, though, there are a few things to keep mind for a desirable and safe outcome. Here are 3 tips for successful DIY teeth whitening.
Follow the directions. It's not a good idea, both for a successful and safe outcome, to stray away from a kit manufacturer's recommended directions. FDA-approved home kits usually contain 10% or less of carbamide peroxide (one of the more common bleaching agents). That may not seem very strong but it's adequate within the recommended time it remains on your teeth to achieve an effective whitening effect. Exceeding those directions could permanently damage your tooth enamel.
Make sure a home kit will work on your staining. Home whitening kits only affect outer staining on tooth enamel. But dental discoloration can also arise from inside a tooth, often because of trauma, tetracycline use, or as a side effect of a root canal treatment. This kind of internal staining requires a special procedure usually performed by an endodontist to reduce it. So, see your dentist first to make sure your teeth are healthy enough for whitening and that a home kit will work for you.
Get your dentist's advice on home kits. There are a number of whitening applications on the market you can choose, so ask your dentist for recommendations. They can also give you some helpful tips on the whitening process to ensure you'll be safe and successful in your efforts.
Here's a couple of other things to remember to enhance your teeth whitening experience: whether you whiten your teeth at home or with the dentist, be sure you continue to care for your teeth with daily brushing and flossing. And, if you limit your consumption of foods and beverages known to stain teeth, you'll help extend the duration of your brighter smile.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening procedures, 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”
What can make you look older than you really are? Stained, yellowed teeth can, and when your smile looks dull, your whole persona suffers. To improve that smile, consult Dr. Michael Tisdelle about professional teeth whitening at his Charlottesville, VA dental practice. Whether done in the office or in the comfort of your own home, supervised teeth whitening produces amazing results, and best of all, it's safe for your teeth and gums.
Your tooth enamel
It absorbs stains just like a carpet, piece of cloth or cement sidewalk. Composed of a calcified network of fibers, enamel grabs and holds onto plaque and tartar, deep pigments from foods and beverages, and tobacco residues from cigarette smoke. Over time, smiles darken, and routine brushing and flossing cannot brighten the discoloration.
Teeth whitening can help
You've seen over-the-counter whitening products at the drugstore, but unfortunately, these toothpastes, strips and rinses cannot remove deep stains. Also, they often cause tooth and gum sensitivity.
A better alternative is professional teeth whitening from your dentist in Charlottesville. Dr. Tisdelle carefully evaluates his patients and their oral health before recommending any cosmetic dental treatment, including whitening. As his patient, you're assured your teeth and gums are disease-free and will respond well to the powerful bleaching gel used in both the in-office and at-home treatments.
It's your choice
Dr. Tisdelle will help you decide on which kind of whitening treatment is best for you. Both improve tooth color by several shades. The in-office version takes about one hour, using highly-concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel. The at-home version uses a less-concentrated gel applied with custom-fitted acrylic trays. This process takes about a week of daily applications but produces similar results.
Keeping it bright
You can keep your renewed smile white for a year or more by:
- Brushing and flossing daily and getting professional dental cleanings
- Avoiding tobacco in all forms
- Limiting coffee, tea, colas, blueberries and other dark foods and drinks
- Drinking several glasses of water a day to hydrate oral tissues, stimulate saliva and keep tooth surfaces clean
- Getting whitening touch-ups at the dental office as needed
Change your smile and your outlook
Expect your self-confidence to increase when Dr. Tisdelle whitens your smile. Come into the office for a friendly consultation, and ask about our other cosmetic dental treatments. Call today for an appointment: (434) 977-4101.
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.”
What you need to know about teeth whitening treatment options
Does your smile look dull, yellow and lifeless? You can bring back a sparkling, celebrity-white smile and give your smile new life. The answer is a teeth whitening treatment! Dr. Michael Tisdelle in Charlottesville, Virginia wants you to know all about the state-of-the-art options available to whiten your teeth, jazz up your smile and give it new life.
Your teeth can become dull and discolored for many reasons, and the main reason is the normal aging process your body and your teeth undergo. Your tooth enamel thins as you age, allowing you and others to see through to the layer underneath, called dentin. Dentin is naturally yellow and darkens as you age. The result is your teeth will look dark yellow to you and everyone else.
Your teeth can also pick up stain from drinking coffee, tea and red wine, or eating foods with dark pigment like blueberries. If you are a smoker, you know how much smoking can stain your teeth!
Over-the-counter whitening treatments can help whiten your teeth, but the effects usually aren’t nearly as dramatic as professional whitening treatments., and the effect might not last very long. Dr. Tisdelle wants you to know about the whitening treatments available at his office. You can choose from:
Whitening kits- which you can take home; these include custom-made trays which you fill with the professional whitening gel supplied with your kit. You can wear these gel-filled trays for short periods of time in the comfort and privacy of your home.
In-office whitening treatments-professional whitening gel is applied to your teeth and enhanced with a high-tech light system. Your teeth can whiten up to 8 shades and the process takes only an hour. It’s the perfect choice if you want whiter teeth in a short amount of time.
Whether you choose the quick in-office whitening treatment or the convenient at-home whitening kit, Dr. Michael Tisdelle is committed to providing the best care available before, during and after your whitening treatment. So don’t wait! Call Dr. Michael Tisdelle in Charlottesville, Virginia and give your smile new life! Call today!