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Extreme Teeth Whitening

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Almost 75% of adults believe that an unattractive smile will hamper their professional success. Teeth whitening is one of the most common quest that people take in order to enhance their appearance, but for some extreme whitening is becoming an obsession that is damaging to the teeth. 

With over the counter whitening agents readily available to the general public, extreme teeth whitening is becoming more and more of an issue that dentists are seeing in their offices. People desire to have the extremely white smile that they see plastered all over the TV and magazines. However, what they forget to take into consideration is how these images are altered dramatically before they are seen. The “Hollywood white” is simply not achievable. Many actors and actresses wear veneers or smiles that snap into place before they shoot TV programs. Pictures in magazines are altered and enhanced through editing to blast an unachievable whiteness in their teeth.

However, many people are damaging their teeth in order to achieve a whiteness that is simply not possible. Dentist supervised whitening procedures are the safest and most effective whitening methods. Not only are dentists able to provide a faster whitening process (often in just an hour or two), but the health of the mouth is carefully monitored. Many over the counter teeth whitening agents are over used and are causing significant damage to the gums and tooth enamel. When the enamel is damaged, it can not be repaired – it doesn’t simply grow back and heal itself. Therefore, extreme whitening is a major problem. 

If you have been trying to whiten your smile by using extreme measures, please stop. Call your dentist to schedule an appointment for a consultation for how you can achieve the bright white smile you desire in a safe method. Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and only your dentist can ensure that the whitening method s/he uses is safe and effective.

Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental




Which Way to Whiter Teeth?

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One of the quickest ways to improve your appearance is to whiten your teeth. It makes you look younger, more professional and more attractive to the opposite sex. It also boosts your self confidence.

But the methods of teeth whitening widely vary, and so does their effectiveness.

At-home teeth whitening treatments include white strips, gels and whitening mouthwashes. These products are obtained over-the-counter without a dentist’s prescription. They are cheaper than a trip to the dentist’s office, but generally aren’t as effective and can take weeks to achieve moderate results that don’t last that long.

There are some differences in the effectiveness of the types of store-bought products. Generally, teeth whitening strips work better than gels and strips and gels work better than toothpastes and mouthwashes. Sometimes, toothpastes and mouthwashes produce very little in terms of results.

By contrast to over-the-counter treatments, those done at the dentist’s office, though more costly, can have more dramatic results. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, in-office procedures can lighten teeth by up to 10 shades in just one visit. Moreover, the whole procedure takes less than an hour, just a fraction of the time of other methods.

It should be noted that in-office teeth whitening treatments work better because they contain higher concentrations of peroxide, the chief ingredient in most whitening solutions. Dentists take careful precautions to protect gums, which can be harmed by peroxide, by using trays that are custom fitted to the patient’s bite.

If you have questions about whitening methods and which might be best for you and your budget, it is of course always best to consult first with your own local dentist.

Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental



Professional Teeth Whitening Versus DIY

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Cost could be your chief concern in deciding whether or not to have your teeth whitened professionally. Depending on the type of in-office treatment you choose, your cost for professional whitening can range from an average of $600 to $1,250; whereas, your typical over-the-counter product can be purchased for under $100. Even if you decided to do your own whitening at home, it is advised that you have a complete oral examination before undergoing such a treatment. It is important to note that, if you are currently experiencing any tooth decay or infected gums, then teeth whitening is not recommended until such problems are corrected. Furthermore, individuals with a hypersensitivity of teeth or gums are not suitable for in-office whitening.

Even if teeth bleaching at home, the procedure would be more effective if your teeth and gums received a professional teeth cleaning prior to application, to clear away any accumulated plague.  Your dentist has available several options, of varying intensities and methods (light-accelerated), for whitening your teeth, depending on the probable cause of discoloration and prior dental work. For example, whitener does not work on dental bonding material or tooth-colored fillings. If you are a regular visitor at your local dentist professional, they will be able to recommend the best option for your needs. It is also possible for you to have custom fitted dental whitening trays made for your take-home use between office visits.

If you are still determined to do it yourself, and have had a recent oral exam and cleaning, there are a variety of teeth whitening products available for at home use. Typically, you can find them in two concentrations, the high-concentration being the most effective.

Posted on behalf of Carolina Comfort Dental


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