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By Colesville Dentistry
April 01, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
AnsweringYourQuestionsaboutYourUpcomingTeethWhitening

Whitening can transform the dullest teeth into a dazzling smile fit for a Hollywood star. But before you undergo a whitening procedure, you might have a few questions about it. Here are the answers to a few of the most common.

How white can I go? In an office application we can adjust the solution and application time to control the level of shade (dark or light) from subtle to dazzlingly bright. The real question, though, is how much color change will look best for you? A good rule of thumb is to match the shade in the whites of your eyes.

Whitening will improve poor dental conditions…right? Not necessarily. Besides foods, beverages or poor hygiene, decay, abscesses or problems from root canal treatments can also cause discoloration. In some dental situations, whitening could make your smile less attractive. If, for example, you have exposed roots due to gum recession, those areas won't bleach like the enamel and could make their exposure stand out more. Better to try and repair these problems before whitening.

What effect will teeth whitening have on my dental work? None â??composite or ceramic materials won't lighten. The real concern is with creating a situation where whitened natural teeth don't match the color of dental work. Depending on the location of your veneers, crowns or other bridgework you could have a color mismatch that will look unattractive. We would therefore need to take your dental work into consideration and adjust the shading accordingly.

Will teeth whitening work on any stained teeth? That depends on the cause of the staining. If it's on the enamel, then external bleaching techniques should work. If, however, the discoloration comes from inside the tooth, then only a dental procedure that applies a bleaching agent inside the tooth can alleviate that kind of discoloration.

So after whitening, I'm good to go? Well, not permanently. Eventually the brightness will diminish or fade, usually in six months to two years. You can, of course, prolong the fade rate by not using tobacco, cutting back on staining beverages like red wine, tea and coffee, practicing daily oral hygiene and visiting us for regular office cleanings and other dental work. We can also touch up your existing whitening during your visits.

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!

By Colesville Dentistry
April 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Find out how you can get professional teeth whitening from the comfort of your own home.

Wondering what it takes to get a brighter smile? Our Silver Spring, MD, dentists, Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore, offer Teeth-Whiteningprofessional whitening kits to help you get the more radiant smile that you want. Have questions about professional whitening? Well, we’ve got answers!

 

What stains are treated by teeth whitening?

There are two types of stains: internal and external. External stains are the most common and they are the result of consuming certain foods and drinks. External stains can also develop as we get older, causing our teeth to turn yellow and dull. These stains respond the best to teeth whitening treatment. On the other hand, internal stains can be the result of direct trauma or prolonged antibiotic use. These stains are less responsive to teeth whitening treatment.

 

How long will my teeth whitening results last?

Results aren’t permanent, but how long your results last will depend on you and how well you care for your smile. Avoid foods and drinks that can cause dental stains, and make sure that you are regularly brushing and flossing. You may also talk with our Silver Spring cosmetic dentists about other at-home whitening products that can help maintain your results.

 

How long will it take to see results with at-home whitening?

How long it takes to see results will vary from person to person. Some people may see results after a week of continued use while those with more severe stains may not see results for up to two weeks.

 

What’s the difference between commercial whitening and professional whitening?

The first difference is that professional whitening can be tailored to your specific needs, which means that we can offer different strengths of whitening gel to give you the results that you’re looking for. Commercial whitening kits offer whitening gels that contain only a very small percentage of the active ingredient meant to break up stains.

Furthermore, over-the-counter whitening trays aren’t made to fit your teeth specifically. This means that they can move or shift around in your mouth, making your whitening results uneven. If you choose to get professional at-home whitening, we will provide you with custom-fitted whitening trays that will give you the radiant smile that you are looking for!

 

Give us a call!

Interested in getting a whiter smile at home? If so, then turn to the whitening experts at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD. Call us today at (301) 384-6000 to let us know that you are interested in at home whitening!

By Colesville Dentistry
March 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

There are a few key factors that play into whether you have what is considered a beautiful smile, including the spacing, contouring, and Teeth Whiteningsize of your teeth. One of the most significant factors is the color or shade of what should be your “pearly whites.” According to surveys released by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic procedure. You can improve your smile with a simple, yet effective teeth whitening solution available at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD.

How White Are Your Teeth?
You check out your teeth in the mirror every day when you brush or floss, so it’s easy to miss how they may be changing in color over time. You could brush with a whitening paste every day, and still experience tooth yellowing as time goes on. One of the easiest home tests to get an idea of how white or yellow your smile is to place a clean white napkin next to your teeth to compare the color.

Professional Teeth Whitening at Home
Some dental staining is caused by taking certain medications or a dental injury that causes problems at the inner layers, but in other cases, the staining is extrinsic, meaning that the stains lie on the outer surface. In these cases, a hydrogen-peroxide based tooth bleach can whiten the teeth. At Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD, you can experience professional teeth whitening results by using a take-home whitening tray kit. The trays are prescribed to fit your smile (both the top and bottom rows), and you’re provided with a high-grade whitening solution to use. It takes a few weeks of wearing the whitening trays as directed by your dentist to get the results that you desire.

A Better, Brightened Smile
Imagine how much better your smile will look when it is three, four, or five shades whiter. The brighter your teeth are, the brighter your facial features will look when you smile—from your eyes to your skin tone. In a survey conducted by Kelton Research, most American adults agreed that a whiter smile is a better smile that has both professional and social advantages.

Make Your Whitening Appointment Today
So, now that you know how you can get a whiter smile after visiting the dentist’s office, what are you waiting for? Call 301-384-6000 today to schedule a teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Gregory Hysong or Dr. Lynda LePore at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD.

WhyYouShouldConsideraProfessionalProcedureforYourTeethWhitening

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!

By Colesville Dentistry
May 22, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
TeethWhiteningKnowYourOptions

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.”



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