Have You Whitened Your Teeth?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012, 8:53 pm

I just read a statistic that said 60% of women had whitened their teeth. I’m not sure whether to believe that one or not. Tooth bleaching or whitening is the number one cosmetic dental treatment being performed in dental offices. There are at-home treatments, such as strips, wands, and trays, but the most effective options are available only through your dentist.Toccoa, GA cosmetic dentist Dr. Joseph Wilbanks offers tooth whitening options that can give you a brighter smile.

As we age our teeth can become stained and yellowed. This comes from certain foods and liquids, as well as cigarette smoking and some medications. Some types of discoloration cannot be bleached away and in these cases  dental veneers are a great alternative available to patients. Only your dentist can tell you if your tooth discoloration will respond to bleaching. If you do need dental veneers to whiten your smile remember that they can do a whole lot more – dental veneers can make a crooked smile look straight and give you the grin you’ve always wanted.

When it comes to bleaching the two most popular dentist supervised options are custom fitted bleaching trays or the ZOOM! whitening system. Custom fitted bleaching trays are created using a mold of your teeth and are worn for a short amount of time each day while filled with professional strength bleaching solution. This system allows the patient to have total control over the final result and the trays can be used later to “touch up” your smile when it begins to look a bit dingy.

The ZOOM! whitening system is an in office treatment which uses a special light to activate a bleaching gel applied to your teeth by the dentist. This system will allow you to bleach your teeth in about an hour. You will not have the same amount of control over the final outcome but the immediate results can be dramatic.

If your smile is not as bright as it used to be please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your appointment. Remember that bleaching your smile should be done shortly after your teeth have been professionally cleaned – if you haven’t had a dental hygiene appointment recently we’ll be happy to put you on the schedule.

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