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Aug
12

Why Have Your Dentist Whiten Your Teeth?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

This is a legitimate question due to the wealth of over-the-counter products available today for self-bleaching or whitening your teeth at home.  There are several reasons why you may want to visit your local Peachtree City dentist to have this done “in-office.” Your dentist will make sure that your teeth are healthy before starting any kind of whitening treatment. For instance, if you have any tooth decay or infected gums, bleaching is not usually recommended.

Also, traditional whiteners do not work in every situation. Your dentist will know that whitening will not work if you’ve had bonding applied or tooth-colored fillings; in which case, the application of porcelain veneers may be your best alternative. Home bleaching kits are ineffective for those whose teeth are grayish in color; but, your dental professional can provide you with custom bleaching trays. Sometimes teeth can become discolored from the “inside” of the tooth. This occurs when the soft pulp-like material (dentin) is stained by blood or other fluids, as can happen after a root canal. External bleaching will not work on this kind of discoloration but your dentist can perform an internal bleaching of the discolored tooth by filling the root canal channel with a peroxide gel.

Light energy is used by dentists today to speed up the process of bleaching in the dental office. Before a peroxide whitening gel is applied and exposed to light, your dentist will apply a protecting compound to your gums to prevent chemical irritation to mucous membranes.

Thanks to modern technological advances in this area, your dental whitening treatments can usually be done in one, fairly brief, office visit. Your dentist will know just the type of whitening approach that will meet your individual needs safely and with optimal results.

Posted on behalf of Greencastle Dental

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