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Aug
1

At Home Teeth Whitening

Posted in Teeth Whitening

A cost effective option that anyone desiring whiter teeth may want to consider is “at-home” bleaching using professional strength teeth whitening kits dispensed by your dentist.  In addition to being cost effective, the process is also very effective, although it generally takes longer to achieve the desired results than teeth whitening techniques performed in a dental office.

If this method is used, the dentist will take an impression of the patient’s teeth and a customized upper and lower mouth-guard or bleaching trays will be created.  Once the bleaching or whitening trays are completed, the patient will be sent home with the trays as well as a specialized whitening gel.  The gel is applied to the custom teeth whitening tray, which the patient will wear for a specified amount of time.

Many people will choose to sleep with the bleaching tray in place, as it can be difficult to try to talk with it in place.  One of the key things to remember is to remove any excessive gel from the lips, gums and other soft tissues in the mouth because some will find the gel irritating.  This is a case where more gel is not better!  After the patient wakes up in the morning, the bleaching trays are removed and the patient brushes their teeth to remove any remaining gel.  The dentist will advise on the frequency of the treatments, until the desired effects are realized.  Many choose to continue with the treatment periodically in order to “maintain” their teeth after the desired results are achieved.

This is a cost effective option, which should be discussed with a dentist before starting this or any other teeth whitening program.  While cost effective, it may not be the best option available for everyone!  Talk to your dentist and see what he or she recommends.

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Aug
27

Safe Teeth Whitening

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening has become one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures due to the relatively low cost and high rate of effectiveness.  If you are interested in improving your smile by whitening your teeth, you should know that done properly, teeth whitening (also called teeth bleaching) has proven to be a safe and effective method of making yellowed, discolored teeth several shades whiter.

However, as with almost any procedure, there are a few potential side effects and a small minority of patients have not had a good teeth whitening experience.  One of the most common side effects is increased tooth sensitivity.  Some patients experience heightened tooth sensitivity to hot or cold.  For most, the issue resolves in a day or two. If the sensitivity does not go away within a few days of the teeth whitening treatment, you should consult with your dentist.  There several options for addressing the issue including fluoride treatments, de-sensitizing toothpastes.

In addition, some patients report sore, painful, and swollen lips, gums, tongue, and other soft tissue.  This is usually the result of failing to adequately protect these areas from the tooth whitening agent.  See your dentist if the problem persists.

Teeth whitening products are available over the counter, by prescription, or applied in your dentist’s office.  For the most effective treatment with the lowest chance for side effects, have your teeth whitening done by your dentist.

Even if you choose to save money by using an over the counter teeth whitening product, see your dentist before you start.  The peroxide in most teeth whitening products can cause some discomfort if you are suffering from gum disease or have other oral health issues and it’s best to get these resolved before having your teeth whitened.

If your are pregnant or nursing, be sure to talk to your dentist about the possible health effects of  teeth whitening.  Nursing or pregnant women may want to avoid teeth whitening out of an abundance of caution.

Blog post provided by Marietta Dentists.

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