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Jun
4

Whitening Makes a Great Graduation Gift

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A beautiful smile looks great on people of all ages. Many young adults want to improve the way their smile looks in order to feel comfortable in professional environments and boost their social networking. Natural tooth shades come in a variety of colors, and teeth whitening is a safe and effective treatment for teens and young adults to improve the way their teeth look.

Take-home whitening trays uses custom molded treatment trays that hold professional strength gel along all surfaces of the teeth, giving even results that are more dramatic than anything available over the counter. The end results of professional home whitening is just as significant as in-office whitening, but in the convenience and flexibility of your home. Most people need to wear the trays once a day for 7-14 days for full whitening results during the first treatment.These custom trays can be used for years, and you can get gel refill syringes from your dentist at anytime for a relatively small fee.

In-office tooth whitening is a one-hour procedure that speeds up the whitening process and lets patients walk out of the office with a white smile on the very same day. Like home whitening, the treatment uses a highly concentrated gel, but is accelerated thanks to a professional grade light available in the dental office.

The effects of whitening can be maintained for years. Using a touch up kit from your dentist a couple of times each year is enough to keep your teeth whiter and brighter even with the stains that food or age can bring on. Ask your dentist about giving whitening as a gift for your recent graduate (and maybe even yourself while you’re at it!)

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates

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Mar
12

Foods that Stain Your Teeth

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As we age, our teeth naturally become a little discolored.  Unfortunately, many of the foods we eat also contribute to the staining.  Knowing these foods can help you prevent the staining that may occur after long term use.

Tea is a culprit to tooth discoloration. Even herbal and white teas can erode enamel, causing tooth discoloration.  In fact, some studies have shown that tea causes more staining than coffee does.  If you are going to drink tea, brush immediately afterwards to help protect tooth enamel.

As much as we all love red tomato sauces, the deep colored food sauces have also been shown to discolor teeth.  Other sauce culprits include soy and curries.

Exercise is not only good for the body, but it is good for your emotional health and well-being.  When you are exercising, be careful about consuming sports or energy drinks.  These drinks are highly acidic and may cause a break-down of tooth enamel, causing tooth discoloration.

Red wine and grape juices are also known to stain teeth.  So do blueberries and blackberries.  A good rule of thumb is that if the food or drink would stain a white cotton t-shirt, it will stain your teeth.

A final food culprit are candies.  Any hard candy that changes your tongues natural color can also discolor your teeth.  While eating sweets should be limited, be particularly careful about any food that stains your tongue.

One of the best ways to prevent any food or drink product from staining is to brush immediately after consumption.  If you are concerned about the color of your teeth, or interested in teeth whitening, talk to your dentist today.

Posted on the behalf of Executive Park Dentistry

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Mar
12

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

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After years of drinking coffee, red wine and eating dark fruits, you may have noticed a few stains on your teeth that don’t seem to come off with regular cleanings.  Teeth naturally yellow as we age, and certain foods will discolor teeth.  Some people are just born with darker tooth color to begin with, and desire whiter teeth.  In either case, you may have wondered if tooth whitening was safe and worth it.

Over the counter tooth whitening kits are made of two products.  Tooth whiteners contain a bleaching agent to help remove superficial stains, and toothpastes with whitening products in them contain abrasive agents to help ‘scrub’ stains off of the tooth surface.  Teeth whitening kits contain both gels and pastes, and often times require use of a mouth guard with a gel in it for a week or more.  Whitening kits will change the natural color of your teeth; whitening toothpastes will simply help remove superficial stains on the teeth.

If you have a lot of dental work, especially in the front of mouth, tooth whitening products may cause uneven results.  Veneers do not change colors, and if the veneer was matched to your original tooth color, these teeth will ‘stand out’.  For mild tooth staining and discoloration, over the counter whitening products work very well.  Before using any over the counter tooth whitening, if you have extensive front dental work, speak with your dentist.

For more persistent tooth discoloration, professional teeth whitening may be called for.  In this case, your dentist, hygienist, or a dental assistant will apply a product to your teeth and then expose them to a laser beam or other light source.  After a designated period of time the light will be turned off and the product removed.  You may require more than one visit to achieve the results you desire.  These treatments are almost always permanent, as compared to home kits which are only temporary.

If you are interested in whitening your teeth, talk to your dentist about options available for you.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. James C. Kincaid

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