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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!”
Professional teeth whitening is the most efficient way to get a visibly brighter smile quickly.
You are ready to wow your potential boss at your next interview. You have the power suit. You have your revamped resume. Now it’s time to tackle your appearance. After all, you want a look that screams success. So, how’s your smile? Since a smile is one of the first features you may notice about a person, you want your smile to be as radiant as possible. Of course, you might not have a lot of time for a makeover. Don’t worry; our Winter Park, FL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Edgar Acuña, can get your smile whiter in no time.
If you are under a time crunch and you notice that your teeth look rather yellow and could use a boost (don’t let that white button-up shirt you’re going to wear for your interview outshine your smile) then it might be time to schedule a whitening session with our Winter Park dentist. No other system is as strong or produces results as effectively as professional in-office teeth whitening can. The power lies in the gel’s active stain-fighting ingredient.
Professional whitening gel contains either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Besides having this active ingredient present, it’s the percentage of active ingredient within the gel that makes the system more effective. That’s why you won’t see the same amazing results with over-the-counter whitening kits. These systems have to be safe for everyone to use, so the amount of active whitening ingredient within the gels is minimal, which means it will take a few weeks to notice any results. If you want to get fast, noticeable results, then it’s time to turn to in-office whitening.
When you come in for in-office teeth whitening we will place an applicator over the lips to keep them open and to prevent the bleaching gel from touching your lips, gums or other soft tissue (as the gel can cause irritation). From there, we will paint the whitening gel over the front surface of your teeth and leave the gel for around 10 to 15 minutes. Sometimes a laser will be directed over the teeth to further activate and speed up the bleaching process. Most whitening sessions require more than one application and most of the time this can be completed in about 45 minutes to one hour.
You’ll be amazed with the results you’ll achieve with professional teeth whitening in Winter Park, FL (and you’re sure to wow them in that interview with that gorgeous smile!). But don’t take our word for it; see for yourself by scheduling a cosmetic consultation with Acuña Dentistry. You won’t be sorry!
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”