Posts for category: WHITENING
We all want our best and brightest smiles, and today there are many options that we can explore at home to make those beautiful smiles a reality. From healthy habits, a healthy diet, a whitening toothpaste, or a do-it-yourself home product, everyone has the opportunity to achieve whiter teeth.
HEALTHY HABITS. Proper brushing is the first step in keeping your teeth stain-free. Two minutes twice a day is the key. One of the highest missed areas is between and at the base of each tooth.
HEALTHY DIET. While most everyone considers that red wine, coffee, and tea can cause some of the worst enamel stains, acidic drinks like soft drinks and citrus beverages can cause even more problems by dissolving tooth enamel, exposing the yellowish dentin underneath. Moderation and rinsing with water can reduce the potential damage.
WHITENING TOOTHPASTE. Toothpastes are available that can remove surface stains, which can keep your teeth their whitest after a professional whitening. However, the whitening ingredients won't penetrate the enamel surface or change the natural color of your teeth.
OTC WHITENING KITS. These products provide a peroxide-based gel that can be applied in a tray or with strips. If you choose a tray application, make sure that the trays fit properly so sensitive areas in your mouth are not irritated. If you decide on the strip method, always make sure that ALL of the tooth surfaces are covered to avoid uneven whitening.
While all of these whitening methods can be helpful, there are some circumstances when a professional whitening is best. Professional gel whiteners are more powerful, and can be more effective on darker stains that OTC products can't remove. On the other hand, some conditions, such as deep stains from trauma or medication, may require a different dental cosmetic procedure like veneers to achieve whiter teeth.
A shopping mall is a great place to gets lots of errands done in one trip. Department stores, clothing boutiques, specialty shops? So many tempting options all in one place. But teeth whitening? Maybe not.
Dental office whitening provides you with the whitest possible teeth in the safest possible manner. Your teeth will be checked first for any condition that might make whitening a bad idea, such as tooth decay, weakened enamel, gum disease, or even gum recession.
THE MALL WHITENING PROCESS. No dental exam will be provided beforehand at the mall. If you have any dental issues, the whitening process might cause further problems such as permanent tooth sensitivity or gum inflammation. The amount of peroxide in the bleaching agents can vary kiosk to kiosk. You might end up with something equal to over the counter home whitening strips, or you might be exposed to solutions that should only be provided in a dentist's office. Finally, in many areas, mall whitening is actually illegal because it is considered the practice of dentistry without a license. Mall kiosks skirt this problem by having the customers insert the trays full of gel themselves - a practice that does take the place of professional training, licensing, and regulation.
A mall kiosk is a convenient place to select a new phone, try an unusal hair product, or purchase the latest in fad toys. But when it comes to your dental health, it's worth a special trip to the dental office if you want the safest, most effective whitening.
The next time you take a selfie, make sure that your smile is at its brightest and whitest! And speaking of which, the best type of whitening for your smile depends on what you are hoping to accomplish.
WHITENING TOOTHPASTES. This is certainly the easiest method of whitening, but will brushing alone produce your whitest smile? Probably not. Whitening toothpastes use chemicals and abrasives to remove some surface stains that are caused by foods, beverages and smoking.
WHITENING STRIPS AND GEL TRAYS. Whitening gels can be applied at home with strips or tray kits. These peroxide-based gels are stronger than the formulas that are used in toothpastes. Strips come coated with the whitening gel and work when pressed to your teeth for a specified amount of time. One difficulty here is in making sure that each tooth is completely covered by the strip so that even whitening takes place. Tray and gel whitening systems provide a mouthguard-like appliance that is filled with whitening gel that is applied to your teeth for a specific period of time. A custom tray is the best option.
OFFICE TREATMENT. Professional whitening makes use of a gel with a higher concentration of peroxide and is provided by a dental office. This process is usually faster, more effective and longer lasting.
Some teeth are not good candidates for any type of whitening procedures. If you have dark stains caused by trauma, drugs such as tetracycline, discoloration due to root canals, or darker dental bonding, crowns, or other prosthetics, it is best to first discuss which possible solution may be best for you with our dental professionals.
Now that you are working hard to improve your dental health and appearance with your braces, it might seem like a logical time to whiten your teeth as well. But should you go ahead with home kits or a professional whitening? The answer might be yes, but not quite yet!
The easiest way to whiten teeth is regular use of a whitening toothpaste. But these do not make a major difference in tooth color and may also contain abrasives which can damage ceramic brackets and make them more likely to stain. Also, any part of your tooth that is covered by a bracket will not be affected by the whitening paste.
WHITENING STRIPS AND TRAYS
Whiteners can be applied at home with strips or tray kits. Strips are coated with a whitening gel and then pressed around your teeth. Tray kits provide a mouthguard-like appliance, which is filled with a whitening gel. But neither strips or tray solutions will whiten any area that is covered by brackets.
A dental professional can whiten your teeth in office for the best possible results. The most effective treatments for your unique teeth are combined with protective care of your gums and mouth. Again, this procedure is best accompolished after all of the braces have been removed at the end of your orthodontic therapy.
Health and beauty trends surface on the web every day, and it can be difficult to tell which ones are worth your time, or even safe, for that matter. Perhaps one of the biggest dental trends recently on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram has been teeth whitening through brushing with activated charcoal.
Unfortunately, charcoal whitening is not everything the Internet makes it out to be. Activated charcoal is not what you use to grill at the the summer barbecue; it is an oxidized substance made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shell or petroleum heated with a gas. Toxins and surface stains cling to charcoal due to it's adhesive qualities, which is why some people declare that it is perfect for removing discolorations on teeth. Although it may show quick results initially, charcoal is nothing more than a temporary solution!
The abrasive texure of charcoal may actually roughen up the enamel, which will make it easier for future stains to stick to the surface of your teeth. The roughened enamel may show stains shortly after using charcoal on them, and may become even more discolored than before. Remember, damaged or roughened enamel cannot replenish itself, which means that any damage is permament. Patients with receding gums or sensitive teeth especially should steer clear of charcoal because it can make brushing too harsh and worsen your sensitivity.
The American Dental Association does not approve of charcoal as a safe means for whitening teeth. If you choose to use it, charcoal should be used no more than once every other week at the most, even if your teeth feel fine. The only proven ways to whiten teeth safely are with ADA-approved whitening products or in-office bleaching treatments overseen by a dental professional.