What do people remember most after they first meet you? It's your smile. Yes, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a full 50 percent of adults say a smile makes a lasting impression.
So a dingy looking set of teeth can be a detriment to your self-image. Correcting that yellowed or stained look is simple and relatively inexpensive with modern teeth whitening. You have probably heard of it and may wonder if it's right for your smile.
The Best Teeth Whitening is Available Through Your Wayne, Pennsylvania Dentist
While there are many whitening toothpastes and over the counter products available, your cosmetic dentist Jonathan D. Stone, D.M.D. performs the safest, quickest and most effective teeth whitening right in his office. Supervised, with care taken to protect exposed roots and gums, professional whitening can brighten the color of teeth by a full 8 shades in about an hour.
Teeth whitening reduces discoloration which comes from:
- cigarette smoking
- consuming highly colored foods such as tomato products
- drinking beverages such as coffee, tea, colas and red wine
- accident or injury
While whitening is most effective on discoloration that settles on the outside of teeth (such as food stains), it can help more stubborn intrinsic discoloration that comes from aging or trauma to a tooth.
How the Dental Whitening Procedure Works
To start, your dentist will examine your teeth and take x-rays. It's important to note that whitening will not change the color of restorations such as tooth-colored fillings, crowns, veneers or cosmetic bonding. If your tooth enamel and gums are healthy enough, the doctor can proceed with whitening.
Dr. Stone will take steps to protect your tooth roots and gums. In addition, he will place a retractor in your mouth to keep the whitening gel off of lips and cheeks.
Next, he applies a hydrogen peroxide gel to the teeth. This gel quickly penetrates the tooth enamel and inner dentin to lift out the stains. Some dental offices use a special light to activate and accelerate the whitening effect of the gel.
During the procedure, the patient simply relaxes and can read or watch TV. Each application (there are typically 3-4) takes about 15 to 20 minutes to whiten.
Your Teeth After Whitening
Afterward, the patient may feel some minor tooth and gum sensitivity which resolves quickly. Some patients leave the office with an at-home whitening kit for touch-ups.
Overall, people find teeth whitening lasts from several months to a 1 to 2 years. Much depends on diet and diligent twice daily brushing and flossing.
Ask Dr. Jonathan Stone About Teeth Whitening
In Wayne, Pennsylvania, Jonathan D. Stone DMD offers the best and most up to date dental services available. One of these is teeth whitening. Dr. Stone would be happy to evaluate the appropriateness of teeth whitening for your great-looking smile. For a consultation, call his office at 610-687-0505.
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