What's Your Reason For Whitening?

Monday, April 7th, 2014, 9:12 pm

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure for a good reason – it is a simple and highly effective way of making your smile more vibrant and youthful looking. Want more reasons for whitening your smile? Summer is just around the corner and maybe there is a special wedding, high school or family reunion, or you might just want to look better in those vacation photos!

Whitening your teeth changes the color of your tooth enamel and removes most surface stains and those slightly below the surface. Teeth respond better to bleaching when they are clean so plan your bleaching just after your dental cleaning. During that general dentistry visit, talk to your dentist about bleaching and find out the best option for your teeth.

There are basically two options for highly effective tooth whitening – an in-office one-hour whitening procedure which combines a bleaching material with a special light to speed the process or, custom take home trays with professional strength bleaching gel. The one-hour whitening using Zoom! or a similar system is perfect for people seeking instant gratification. When your appointment is over your teeth will be whiter and brighter.

Take home kits allow patients to be totally in control of their bleaching. You can bleach, following the dentists directions, until you have reached the perfect shade for you. This method is also good for patients who fear sensitivity due to bleaching. By going slowly, this can be avoided.

Remember that not all discolored teeth will react to bleaching. People with yellowish staining typically do very well with teeth whitening. Staining that is gray in color and that may have been caused by medicines does not usually respond to bleaching. If you have bonding, crowns or veneers on one or more of your front teeth you need to realize that those will not bleach. In these cases you may want to seek a consultation about cosmetic dentistry options including dental veneers.

Find out more about getting a whiter, brighter smile by whitening your teeth by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.


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