Dental Tips Blog

Jan
25

Do Whitening Rinses Actually Work?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

We’d all like a definitive answer on the issue of at-home teeth whitening techniques.

Is rinsing effective? The answer is still both a complicated ‘yes’ and ‘no.’

A liquid whitener won’t necessarily have the effect that the advertising would imply. But with diligent use, it can work in your favor.

How Rinses Can Lighten Tooth Color

Whitening solutions almost universally contain hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient. Peroxide penetrates pores in the enamel that trap stain from things like food, drinks, and cigarettes. The peroxide releases oxygen which helps to loosen deeply embedded stain.

So these rinses do work, but not exactly in the glittering dynamite way shown on the packaging. It’s simply not as concentrated nor effective as professional teeth whitening treatments. It can even irritate your teeth and gums if not used properly.

What is the right way to use these mouthwashes?

Make Whitening Rinses Safe and Effective

To get the most out of your at-home whitening regimen, you should, ironically, start out by consulting your dentist.

Hydrogen peroxide can make gums very sensitive and irritate teeth that have cavities. Once your dentist gets you caught up with dental treatment, you can whiten your teeth much more easily.

If your dentist agrees that a teeth whitening mouthwash is a suitable option for you, then be patient and diligent. After some weeks of use, you may very well see a slight difference.

A rinse is a great maintenance routine for teeth after having a professional treatment, which is your fastest and safest whitening method.

To find out whether a whitening rinse will help you make your smile dazzlingly white, schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Preston Sherry Dental Associates
6134 Sherry Ln
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 691-7371

Jan
6

4 Teeth Whitening Options

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Pretty much everyone wants that stunning, white, celebrity-caliber smile. If you’re interested in taking the brightness factor of your teeth up a notch, which technique is right for you?

You’ve got a lot of options to choose from….

  1. Over-the-Counter Bleaching Products

You can find lots of products in your local drugstore… from gels to toothpastes, to rinses to leave-on strips. These products work by buffing away surface stain and bleaching out mild stains embedded within tooth enamel.

They’re only effective skin-deep, so to speak, but it’s a good start! If you want to see more dramatic effects, then visit your dentist for a professional teeth whitening consultation.

  1. Professional In-Office Treatments

Your fastest option is to go with a professional teeth whitening treatment in a dental office. In a single appointment, you get to relax while the product is applied and activated. It only takes about an hour and the results are immediate.

  1. Custom Fitted Take-Home Trays

To get a professional result in the comfort of your own home, try having professionally-fitted whitening trays made. Fill them with prescription-strength gel and wear them once a day. Results are achieved in about 10-14 days and are easy to maintain over time.

  1. Cover Up with Veneers

If bleaching is not enough, you can simply cover up the front of your teeth with gorgeous dental veneers. These thin shells of porcelain cover the side of your tooth that is visible when you smile. Veneers can change not only the color of teeth, but the texture and shape, as well.

These are just a few of the most popular whitening and cosmetic options used on a day-to-day basis. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to find out what’s really best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Nov
30

Don’t Let Your Tooth Color Keep You From Smiling!

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Would you describe your smile as pearly white? Most people don’t have naturally bright, white smiles. Does the color of your teeth make you feel a bit self-conscious?

There’s no need to be ashamed to smile anymore! Thanks to the wonders of today’s cosmetic dentistry, tooth color can be corrected to virtually any extent, in a number of different ways.

Which technique is right for you? Let’s explore some options.

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Whiteners

Over-the-counter products are generally safe, but only have minimal effect compared to prescription strength gels. They’re better for maintaining a white smile after deeper bleaching. It never hurts to try out an OTC product to see what you think.

In-Office Procedures

Professional tooth bleaching packs the most powerful punch. Results are instant and dramatic. You might need to repeat the procedure only once or twice a year, or never again if you maintain the new color of your teeth with at-home products.

At-Home Treatments

Would you prefer gradual whitening that you complete at home? Custom-fitted bleaching trays and a concentrated bleaching gel from your dentist give you control over your results. It takes longer than the in-office process, but the results are better than what you’ll find in an OTC box or bottle.

Dental Veneers

For the stubborn teeth that just won’t lighten, you may want to consider dental veneers. Veneers are false fronts that hide a multitude of sins! Besides tooth color, veneers smooth out tooth texture and fill in chips or gaps. Veneers are often made from porcelain and personalized to suit your smile.

Make teeth lightening a part of next dental makeover and ask your dentist about which whitening options are best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Nov
24

5 Steps to a Brighter Whiter Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening

As summer rolls in, your calendar might be packed with plans for graduations, parties, reunions, and vacations. Expect a lot of reasons to show off your smile!

Have the best smile of your life ready this summer by following these five steps.

  1. Cut Out Staining Items

 If you want to keep your smile white, the first thing to do is avoid foods and other items that are likely to stain it. Try to limit items like:

  • Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Berries
  1. Remove Buildup Frequently

 In spite of your best efforts to avoid stain, your teeth may easily darken. A buildup of plaque and tartar will also dull your smile. Make brushing and flossing a regular part of your routine so that you can fight stain as it shows up. Regular dental cleanings will also keep your smile sparkling.

  1. Try Professional–Strength Bleaching

 We finally get to the obvious point: actually whitening your teeth!

It’s important that you are well prepared for this step. This way, the effects will be more profound and lasting. Your dentist will work with you on how to get the most of professional tooth bleaching.

  1. Maintain the Whitening Effect

 To keep your smile vibrant, a whitening toothpaste or rinse may be in order. These will help you combat stain and enhance the whitening treatment you had done. You might even be able to use custom whitening trays at home to maintain a bright smile.

  1. Protect Your Smile

Teeth with cavities will never look clean and white! Fluoride is essential to strong and cavity-resistant enamel. It will also protect your teeth from any sensitivity experienced while whitening.

Talk with your dentist for more information on how to keep your smile white!

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Nov
16

The Best Way to Get a Whiter Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening

We’re bombarded each day with advertisements and social media featuring models and celebrities with those perfectly white, glowing smiles.

How do we get that? And where do we get started? With so many products to choose from (and all of them marketed with a set of brilliant white teeth), it can be overwhelming to select the right one.

How Whitening Products Work

To choose the right whitening method, you first need to understand the mechanisms behind teeth whitening.

Teeth are whitened in two basic ways: surface stain that can be buffed away with abrasives; or a chemical that can penetrate deep into the enamel to lift embedded stain.

A whitening toothpaste that contains baking soda is a good example of the first method. Light stain on a tooth surface can be scrubbed off with the gritty texture. Other products work with an agent like hydrogen peroxide to bleach teeth with more lasting effects.

So the effectiveness of a whitener is based upon its strength, how long the tooth surface is exposed to it, and how many teeth it can access.

When using any tooth bleaching product, caution is needed. The stronger the chemical, the more likely it is to make teeth sensitive and burn the gums.

What’s the Verdict?

The most effective – and safest – method is professional tooth whitening.

This will give you access to the highest degree of whitening strength in shorter time. But it also provides you with specialized trays for whitening all of your teeth with little to no contact with your gums. Professional whitening is fast – it can be done in a single office visit.

Find out whether teeth whitening is right for you and what options you can try by scheduling a visit to your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Aug
18

Posted in Teeth Whitening

For many of us, coffee is an important part of our daily lives. We may even have a hard time functioning without it! And come those toasty summer days, we’re going to be reaching for an icy caffeinated drink as often as possible.

But could your coffee fix also lend itself to dental health problems?

Take a look at the following ways that coffee can affect your smile.

  1. Staining

Coffee contains dark pigments that are easily absorbed by your teeth and even some dental restorations. When your coffee is lightened with cream or some kind of milk, it can still leave a mark. Frequently exposing your teeth to coffee will cause them to quickly yellow.

  1. Bad Breath

The strong chemical compounds in coffee that give it its wondrous aroma also give your breath a unique aroma, too!

  1. Acid Erosion

Coffee is a very acidic beverage. Over time, it can contribute to the wear of your tooth enamel. When the enamel is slowly weakened by acids, it becomes more vulnerable to developing cavities. Acid erosion also makes it easier for your teeth to absorb stain.

  1. Increases Cavity Risk

It’s not so much your coffee itself that causes cavities – it’s what you put in your coffee!

Carbohydrates found in sugar and other sweeteners have an acidic influence on teeth. They also provide fuel for cavity-causing bacteria. Having a sweet coffee drink swishing past your teeth several times a day could be putting your smile at risk for decay.

Your local dental office will help you work around your love for coffee to save your smile. Schedule a visit with your dentist to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Aug
1

3 Ways to Brighten Your Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening

When folks think of improving their smile, color is usually the main concern. That’s only natural – a bright smile tends to be associated with health, youth, and beauty.

If you’re unhappy with the color of your teeth, what can you do about it?

Here are a few ways you can lighten them up:

Prevent Stain Buildup

Teeth darken with time as a result of being exposed to foods that heavily stain.

Foods such as:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Tomato sauce

…are notorious for leaving dark pigments deep in the pores of your tooth enamel. You can slow down the buildup of dark stain by reducing your consumption of such food items.

You can also fight against stain by brushing and rinsing often.

Choose a toothpaste that contains a mild abrasive for stain-scrubbing. Rinsing your mouth with tap water after eating and drinking can also flush out the pigments before they settle in.

But what if your staining goes even deeper than this?

Professional Bleaching

A professional tooth whitening treatment is the most effective way to change the color of your teeth. Professional-strength bleaching agents are safely applied to reach deep within tooth enamel and zap the dark stain.

Veneers for Instant Effect

Want to see faster and longer lasting results?

Veneers are false fronts that give your front teeth an instant boost. These are often porcelain or resin shells that neatly replace a slim layer of your tooth. Placing veneers across your top front teeth will give them a uniform appearance, that’s even and bright. You can actually choose the shade you like best!

Discover your smile’s best look by visiting your local dentist for a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900

Aug
1

Teeth Whitening: Professional Versus Over-the-Counter

A whiter smile can help you feel confident and even look younger. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to keep your teeth bright. Whether it was a past smoking habit, love for coffee or the natural aging process, it is common for teeth to lose their brilliant hue and appear dingy over time. This has led many people to seek teeth whitening treatment. However, the following question typically arises: do you buy a teeth whitening kit from the local drug store or do you visit your dentist for professional whitening?

There are significant advantages to choosing your dentist to whiten your teeth, both in terms of your dental health and your cosmetic results. Here are three main reasons why professional teeth whitening is superior to an over-the-counter whitening alternative.

Safer
While most teeth whitening kits on the store shelves have been cleared by the FDA, your at-home treatment will not be monitored by a dentist. If used too frequently or incorrectly, store-bought whitening kits can cause teeth sensitivity and even soft tissues damage in the form of chemical burns on your gums. In contrast, a professional whitening session begins with a thorough evaluation from your dentist, this ensures your oral health is in check and that any adverse effects from teeth whitening are avoided.

Faster
Most professional or laser whitening treatments, such as ZOOM! Whitening, deliver results in a single office visit of about an hour! With an over-the-counter product or whitening strips, the typical treatment time is weeks or months to achieve the same results. From a standpoint of convenience and time, a visit to your dentist for teeth whitening makes more sense.

More Effective
Not only is professional teeth whitening backed by your dentist, it is also customized for your unique smile. This greatly increases the effectiveness. Your dentist will ensure that each crevice and groove of your smile is bleached evenly and effectively. A store-bought kit, however, is a “one-size-fits-all” approach, which may be ineffective when it comes to your specific teeth.

If you want to brighten your smile, consider the strong benefits of professional teeth whitening. While it may seem more budget-friendly to try a product from your grocery store, the safety, effectiveness and convenience of a professional whitening session at your dental office can often make up for the dollar difference.

Posted on behalf of:

Farhan Qureshi, DDS

5206 Dawes Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

 

Jun
26

Foods to Avoid to Keep Your Smile White

Posted in Teeth Whitening

No one can deny that a clean white smile is a beautiful one!

Often times, the foods we love to have pass our teeth are the very cause of the stain we dread. What foods should you try to limit to prevent the accumulation of stain?

Dark Drinks

Beverages tend to be the main source of staining agents. This is because we might sip our favorite drink slowly more than one time a day. Popular smile-staining drinks include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Soda
  • Sports drinks

An interesting fact about drinks is that it’s not just dark-colored ones that stain. Acidic drinks will wear on enamel, which contributes to staining. Reach for plain old water as often as possible to keep your smile bright!

Staining Seasonings

What’s a meal without great flavor?

A couple of common flavorings used in many parts of the world are curry and balsamic vinegar. Curry is bright yellow and will yellow teeth with time. Balsamic vinegar is a fantastic salad dressing, but its natural dark hue makes it a prime culprit for staining.

Bold Berries

Those juicy cranberries, blueberries, and raspberries contain dark pigments that can easily build up in teeth. Jam, jelly, pie, juice, fresh, or frozen – these berries in nearly any form can leave their mark!

Fight the Stain!

It may be impossible to completely give up the foods you love. How can you counter the effects of dark and staining foods? Good oral hygiene is a must to control bacterial buildup and limit the effects of acid. Your dentist will have a variety of cosmetic options to help you hide or eliminate deep stain. Contact your local dental office for a smile evaluation!

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900

Jun
25

Is Teeth Whitening Dangerous?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

If not done correctly, teeth whitening can cause some discomfort. On the whole, it is a safe procedure with no permanent effects. If done the right way, teeth whitening is a great way to give your smile that pick-me-up it’s been needing.

Where do you need to be careful when bleaching your teeth?

Sensitivity

Teeth whitening is often achieved by bleaching the teeth chemically. The strong chemicals used in bleaching penetrate the pores of the enamel and remove stain embedded deep within. When this happens, your sensitive inner dentin layer is more exposed to the oral environment. This makes them more sensitive!

Teeth with:

  • Gum recession
  • Enamel abrasion
  • Active decay
  • A history of sensitivity

…will probably be very sensitive to whitening ingredients, as well. It is typical to feel a little sensitive after a bleaching course, but any whitening product left on the teeth for too long will result in increased sensitivity. Consult your dentist for directions on safe use of whitening products.

Children and Whitening

Even at-home whitening products may be too intense for baby teeth. It’s generally recommended to wait until your child is around 15 years of age before they begin whitening. Some children may not be able to responsibly use whitening products and run the risk of choking on them or leaving them on too long.

Enjoy Safe and Effective Whitening!

The safest way to lighten the color of your teeth is to talk with your local dentist about your options. Depending on the condition of your teeth, whitening may not be a safe and comfortable treatment, at this time. Before starting an at-home or professional whitening regimen, you should schedule an appointment with your dental office for a smile evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

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