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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!”
There are many reasons why teeth may need a whitening treatment to achieve an appealing brightness: what we eat and drink, natural aging, genetics, and the lack of dedication to oral hygiene can all play a role in how we look.
For vital (living) teeth, there are basically three different options for teeth whitening, and we’d be happy to help you decide which is right for you:
- In-office tooth whitening: The fastest way to get your smile radiant. A high concentration of a peroxide gel solution is applied directly to the tooth surface. Gums and other soft tissues are completely protected for your safety. This technique is excellent for whitening deep surface stains as well as general tooth whitening. This professional treatment requires the least amount of time to achieve the desired whiteness.
- The professional take-home option: Custom-made bleaching trays are prepared by our office. This technique is convenient and less expensive, but the desired whiteness will take longer to achieve than the in-office option.
- Over-the-counter products: These offer the least expensive option but use weaker whitening agents. For example, whitening strips, like the ones advertised on television, are popular and easy to use but will generally take the most time to achieve the desired success. Also, even agents that are not the strongest available may cause damage to teeth if used inappropriately and without professional supervision.
While there are normally no serious side effects after professional whitening treatments, there is a potential risk of tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. If either one or both of these occur, it should disappear within a few days.
It should come as no surprise that bleaching is not permanent. The whiteness will fade eventually depending on your diet, habits, hygiene, etc., but it usually will last at least six months — more often up to two years. Obviously, if you avoid drinking coffee, tea, or red wine, don’t smoke, and have a diligent oral hygiene routine your results may last longer.
Advertisements for teeth-whitening products are everywhere. If you have any questions about what you see, or simply want to do a reality check on their claims, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter...,” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”
Get a whiter smile easily with a professional teeth whitening kit you can use in the convenience of your own home. Professional whitening products available through your dentist’s office deliver superior results over teeth whitening strips, toothpastes, and other products that are available over-the-counter. You can achieve whiter teeth in less time with longer lasting results when you use professional level whitening products. At Colesville Dentistry, Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore are your dentists for professional teeth whitening in Silver Spring, MD.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring offers professional-level teeth whitening kits you can use in the comfort and privacy of your own home. A whitening kit includes soft plastic trays that fit over the top and bottom rows of teeth. A professional strength whitening gel is included. To whiten your teeth at home, simply add the whitening gel to each tray. Then place the trays over each row of teeth. The trays should remain in place for approximately one hour to achieve maximum results. This process is repeated at home several times over the course of a few weeks.
Advantages of Professional Whitening
Several over-the-counter whitening products are available for use at home, including whitening strips, gels, toothpastes, and rinses. While these products are convenient, they cannot deliver the same level of whitening results as a professional strength whitening kit available through your dentist’s office. Professional whitening products contain a higher quality bleaching agent and can whiten your teeth by several shades in fewer treatments. Further, the results of professional whitening treatments last longer than over-the-counter products.
Professional at-home teeth whitening products from your dentist can help you achieve a whiter smile easily. The quality of professional teeth whitening treatments is superior to over-the-counter whitening products. You will achieve whiter results in less time with longer lasting results. To learn more about professional teeth whitening treatments in Silver Spring, MD schedule an appointment with Dr. Hysong or Dr. LePore by calling Colesville Dentistry at (301) 384-6000.
It is only natural that, with continued use throughout your life, your teeth would dull, stain or become discolored. However, avoiding this natural progression of your teeth can be as easy as avoiding the things which stain them. Find out about keeping your teeth white and bright and helping restore their appearance with teeth whitening with Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD.
What causes tooth discolorations and stains?
Stains occur on one of two layers of your tooth: the outer layer made of enamel called the extrinsic level or the softer inner dentin layer called the intrinsic level. Extrinsic staining occurs due to consuming darkly-pigmented food or drinks like coffee, tea or berries or cigarette or cigar smoke coming into contact with the teeth. Intrinsic staining occurs due to taking certain medications or trauma to the tooth. In addition to extrinsic and intrinsic staining, teeth can become discolored due to the enamel wearing thin as you age. This normal wear and tear causes the yellow-colored dentin layer to begin showing through the lighter colored enamel, causing a yellowed appearance.
Avoiding Tooth Discolorations in Silver Spring, MD
Avoiding stains is as easy as avoiding what causes them. Cutting out stain causers like coffee, tea and tobacco will eliminate the possibility that these things can stain your teeth at all. However, many people are not willing to avoid these things. To decrease the chance of stains, try to limit the time the stain-causing elements come into contact with your teeth and be sure to brush twice a day and floss at least once. For example, drink your morning coffee or tea in one sitting rather than sipping it throughout the day.
For more information on teeth whitening treatments or maintaining a beautiful smile, please contact Dr. Hysong and Dr. LePore at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD. Call (301) 384-6000 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hysong or Dr. LePore today!
If you are looking to get a visibly whiter smile then it’s time to talk to us.
If you’ve been using whitening toothpastes and at-home whitening kits every day for weeks then you may be a bit frustrated to not see the results you were hoping for. When you put in so much time and effort you want to see all the hard work pay off. Unfortunately, these over the counter treatments often leave something to be desired, which is why it’s a good time to visit our Silver Spring, MD, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore if you truly want to brighten your smile for the long-term.
Before getting teeth whitening in Silver Spring, you may want to ask yourself these questions:
- Are you looking to brighten your smile quickly?
- Are you trying to get your smile whiter before a special occasion or important event?
- Are you looking to treat ugly yellow stains?
- Are you an avid coffee drinker or someone who indulges in a lot of stain-producing foods and drinks?
If you said “yes” to these questions, teeth whitening might be a great option for you. Our system contains a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide to ensure that you get results quickly.
How does teeth whitening work?
When the whitening gel comes in contact with the teeth the active ingredient (typically hydrogen peroxide) destroys stain molecules within the enamel and dentin layers of the teeth to break up stains and to leave your smile looking whiter and more radiant.
It’s important to note that while teeth whitening is a great option for many people looking to give their smile a vibrant makeover, it isn’t always the best option for everyone. Teeth whitening will not work on internal stains (stains caused by trauma or certain medications) and it will not brighten restorations such as fillings or crowns.
If you are interested in getting professional teeth whitening in Silver Spring, MD, then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with Colesville Dentistry to find out if you are the ideal candidate for treatment.