- July 15, 2016
There is a problem that affects almost everyone who has teeth.
You may be thinking of cavities. That is one option, but it’s not the one we are thinking about.
We are referring to stained teeth.
Whether you are a coffee drinker, a pasta lover, or a sweet-toothed desert craver, your teeth are going to get yellower or darker with time.
Your teeth may be perfectly healthy, but they may not look like it after thousands of meals eaten over the course of several years, possibly decades.
We do have a solution that can help at Historic Triangle Dental Care. If you live in or near Williamsburg, VA, then stop by our office to learn if our professional teeth whitening can revive your vibrant smile.
Which One Should You Choose?
Teeth whitening products aren’t hard to find. Selecting which one you use can be a difficult deciding.
Many commercial whitening products advertise on television, and even the ones that don’t make sure the word “whitening” is easy to read on the packaging you see in the toothpaste aisle.
Here’s something you may not realize, “whitening” can mean different things depending on the product.
The American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs explained this in a statement about whitening products a few years ago. As more and more whitening products came on the market, the ADA decided it needed to take a closer look at them.
For all practical purposes, the ADA found that whitening toothpaste remove surface stains from your teeth. By this definition, nearly any toothpaste could be considered a whitening product.
If you are looking at removing stains, then you are more likely to be interested in whitening products that contain bleaching agents such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
There are commercial products out there that will help to a limited degree, but the ones with ADA Seal contain no more than 10 percent carbamide peroxide, which is equal to about 3.5 percent hydrogen peroxide.
Even so, these products are not as effective as professional whitening products. This is due, in part, to the higher concentrations of bleaching agents found in professional products, which you can find at dentist offices.
Teeth Whitening Made Simple
If you come to our office, we can offer you one of the simplest and most effective teeth whitening treatments.
We can create a series of six whitening trays that are ready to use just for you. All you need to do is pop in the trays filled with Opalescence whitening gel for an hour at a time. By using them as directed, you should see a noticeable improvement in the whiteness of your smile.
We have already selected one of the most effective whitening products available for our patients. The prearranged trays make them easy to use.
Just follow the directions to change your stained teeth back into pearly whites.
Other Cosmetic Options
Teeth whitening remains one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments in the United States. It’s not the only way to improve your smile, however.
In fact, there are times with whitening may not change the color of your teeth. While bleaching agents work great on stained teeth, they don’t work as well if your teeth are discolored for some other reason.
For instance, you may have discolored teeth as a result of a traumatic impact that injured one or more of your teeth. Your teeth also can change colors as a result of illnesses or as a reaction to some medications.
In those cases, veneers (a kind of shell that covers the front of your teeth) can be used to bring back your white smile.
Then again, you may be happy with the color of your teeth. You may want to fix another problem.
Invisalign can help make your teeth straighter without brackets or wires. Cosmetic bonding is a great way to fix teeth that are chipped, worn down, or misshapen in some way.
We can even do gum reshaping. For people who have “gummy” smiles, this procedure can reveal more of your teeth, which may help you feel more confident about your smile.
White, Bright Teeth Make For Better Smiles
We will be happy to discuss what you would like to change and to show you the ways we can help you improve your smile at Historic Triangle Dental Care in Williamsburg, VA.