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Next to a nice pair of eyes, the first thing people notice about you is your smile. In particular, they notice how white your teeth are. Are you embarrassed to show off your “not-so-white” teeth? Don’t fret since white smiles are more often “created” than “genetic”!

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What kind of teeth whitening system do you use?

What causes teeth to discolor?

Extrinsic Stains:

These are factors that can stain the outside layer of teeth,. Poor oral hygiene, smoking, eating certain foods (eg. foods prepared with dark dyes such as soy sauce), drinking certain beverages (eg. coffee, tea, colas), and certain medications can cause extrinsic staining. Once the teeth are scaled, polished, and free of outer stains, you and your dentist can decide if your teeth’s natural inner color can benefit from the whitening process.

Intrinsic Stains:

These are factors that stain the inner layer of the teeth. The contributing factors are genetics, the aging process, accidents, and certain medications that were taken at an early age. Generally, yellowing of teeth are can usually benefit from whitening, however, dark bands of brown or yellow, patches of dark spots, or a single dark tooth may be more difficult to whiten. Ask your dentist if you are a good candidate for simple bleaching, or if other means of cosmetic dentistry is better suited for your needs.

Whiter teeth in days:

Starting on a “clean teeth slate”, you can receive either in-office bleaching and/or a supervised home treatment, depending on your needs. The dentist-supervised home kits are very effective as well as economical.

They consist of first making thin clear plastic mouth-guards specifically molded to your mouth These “custom trays” are then loaded up daily with bleaching gel and worn either during the night or for a couple hours during the day depending on the product.

We recommend bleaching the top teeth first and using your bottom teeth for comparison. You’ll be amazed with your own personal “Before and After”. Although results may vary, most people will see results within 7-10 days/nights!

Risks and Benefits:

The bleaching agent in the home kits is often a low percentage carbomide peroxide that is non-toxic even if ingested. If used as recommended, the only real risk appears to be a mild sensitivity during the treatment. The sensitivity disappears when the treatment is arrested or when finished.

A fluoride treatment during the bleaching may also help to alleviate sensitivity. Persons with sensitive teeth should alert their dentist prior to treatment. The benefits are a bright smile that lasts ( a touch-up with extra bleaching gel may be required in six to twelve months!)and the confidence of knowing that your first impression will be a WHITE one!

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