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You 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:
- Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss daily. At-home hygiene is critical to your oral health and smile appearance.
- Cut down on staining foods and beverages, and brush if you do consume them.
- Stop all tobacco usage. ( cigarettes and smokeless tobacco harm your oral and systemic health besides creating the stubbornest of tooth discoloration).
- 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.
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.”
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!”