By Art of Dentistry Danville
September 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth Whitening ResultsYou want to improve the color of your smile. It's dingy, dull, yellowed. You want the safest, most potent way to whiten your teeth. At Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA, your dentists, Dr. Jessica Owens and Dr. Zachary Hairston, offer fast and effective teeth whitening treatments which really work. Get a youthful, beautiful smile through professional whitening.

How tooth color changes

You used to have amazing pearly whites, but now, well, the opposite is true. You brush and floss faithfully, but still, your enamel is so yellow, you're too embarrassed to smile.

Why do teeth stain? Surprisingly, tooth enamel is very porous. Just like a concrete sidewalk, enamel is rock-hard but still readily absorbs staining material such as coffee, tobacco, sports drinks, curry, soy sauce, and more.

These extrinsic stains may improve a bit with whitening toothpastes and rinses you buy at the drugstore, but the effects aren't long-lasting or what you'd call spectacular. Some products, such as whitening strips, can cause gum and tooth sensitivity, too, conditions you definitely want to avoid.

Explore professional teeth whitening

Offered by your dentist at Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA, in-office and at-home whitening improves tooth color by several shades, and the results really last. To confirm that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening, Dr. Owens or Dr. Hairston will do a complete examination. Patients who have a lot of fillings and crowns, who have gum disease, exposed roots, or are pregnant should not get their teeth whitened, say experts at the Cleveland Clinic.

However, if your dentist determines you're eligible, you can choose from an in-office service, which takes about an hour, or an at-home version which takes about a week. Both processes are professionally supervised and use a very concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel. Tooth color improves by as much as eight shades.

Keeping teeth white

After your treatment regimen, Dr. Owens and Dr. Hairston make these recommendations to keep your smile bright indefinitely:

  1. Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss daily. At-home hygiene is critical to your oral health and smile appearance.
  2. Cut down on staining foods and beverages, and brush if you do consume them.
  3. Stop all tobacco usage. ( cigarettes and smokeless tobacco harm your oral and systemic health besides creating the stubbornest of tooth discoloration).
  4. Come to Art of Dentistry for touch-ups as needed.

Transform your smile

Professional teeth whitening is super-popular and economical compared to other aesthetic dental treatments, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Find out more about the process at a one-on-one cosmetic dentistry consultation at Art of Dentistry. Contact the friendly office staff in Danville, VA, at (434) 792-0700.

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