Dental Tips Blog

Jan
18

DIY Whitening Dangers

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Everyone wants to have bright, sparkly teeth.  Some people want quick, inexpensive results and they are tempted to try some “do it yourself” remedies.  What they don’t realize is how potentially harmful these home remedies can be.

These are some of the dangers of “DIY” Whitening:

Harmful to your Enamel– Two of the most common ingredients used at home to whiten teeth are baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.  Baking soda is very abrasive and if overused, it can cause a condition called tooth abrasion where it causes the enamel to wear down.  If not used properly, both baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can also cause erosion of the enamel which can cause pain with sweets or temperature changes of food.

Damage to your Gums- If hydrogen peroxide is used in high concentrations, it will not only be harmful to your enamel, but it can also be very harmful and damaging to your gums as well.  If there is damage to the gums from improper use of these products, it can make the gums more susceptible to infections.

Incorrect Directions– Many times, people giving DIY whitening instructions have very little to no training in dentistry.  As a result, they may not be giving correct instructions since they don’t realize the potential dangers of DIY whitening methods.

If you have tried these methods and you are noticing some of these uncomfortable symptoms, call and make an appointment with your dentist right away.  If you are interested in whitening your teeth, contact your dentist.  It is much safer to consult with your dentist before trying any “DIY” dental remedy on your own.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Dec
26

How White is “Too White” for My Smile?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Thinking about whitening your teeth, getting dental veneers or just having a complete smile makeover made? Most likely, you want to go for a movie star white that turns heads and looks great all of the time. With so many shades of white to choose from, how can you pick one that looks natural, beautiful, and not too white?

Use the Shade Guide

There are literally dozens of shades of white when it comes to tooth enamel. Your dentist will have a shade guide to record your current tooth color and for you to see what the new colors could look like.

Look Through Magazines

Do you already have something in mind as far as how you want your new teeth to look? Try looking through magazines and bringing a few in with you to show to your dentist! Let your dentist know what looks good in your opinion, as well as what does not.

Use Natural Light

Your teeth look different when you are in natural light. Step outside or next to the window to get a better idea of what the tooth color will look like once you leave the dental office. 

Ask Your Dentist

Your dentist has transformed thousands of teeth and is the expert when it comes to selecting the right shade of tooth enamel. They are your primary guide when it comes to choosing how your new smile should look. Using your facial characteristics, skin tone and preferences are usually all your dentist needs to pick the right “white” for you.

The perfect white will most likely have just a hint of undertones. While it may look discolored on a shade guide, it can look amazing in your mouth!

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

Nov
21

In-Office Whitening vs. Custom Whitening Trays

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Which professional whitening methods are more effective: in-office treatments or take-home trays? This an important question for anyone who is serious about having a whiter smile. Let’s get you started on figuring out the best option by considering some of the benefits of both options.

In-Office Whitening for the Time-Conscious Adult

In-office professional teeth whitening is typically done in a single spa-like setting. You get to relax with protective lenses on your eyes while the whitening material is activated by a special light. Your gums are also protected from the concentrated whitening gel with another protective material. In-office whitening is done as needed, is well-supervised, and gets the job done at one time.

Custom Whitening Trays Give You Control

Take-home whitening trays are designed from impressions we take of your mouth at the initial appointment. When your trays are ready, we check their fit against your bite and show you how to use and care for them so that you get the most out of them. Whitening trays that your use at home allows you to control how white your teeth are. The trays are worn for only a short period, each day. If your teeth or gums are a little sensitive to the whitening gel, you can cut back. We are always available to make suggestions for altering the way you use your whitening trays.

Both means of brightening your smile have proven to be very effective. The bottom line is that you and our dentist have to decide together which method will best suit your preferences and lifestyle. Schedule a consultation with our office to get started on achieving that white smile of your dreams!

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Nov
20

Top 4 Stain-Causing Beverages

Stain can be a frustrating thing to deal with. Dental staining can make your teeth look aged and unhealthy and cause you to lose confidence in your smile. Learning what the primary causes of stain are and how to combat staining can help you to maintain a clean and sparkling smile.

Where Does Stain Come From?

Your teeth are very porous. This means that they have microscopic channels all over their surface. where stain can accumulate. These teeth are prone to absorbing pigment from dark-colored foods and drinks. Even small ridges in the surface of a tooth can collect stain over time.

The Chief Causes

Stain is often caused by common beverages like:

  • Coffee
  • Red Wine
  • Soda
  • Tea

These drinks all contain strong dark pigments and when your teeth are frequently exposed to them, stain will build up. You might start to think twice about that 3rd cup of coffee in the morning!

What Can Be Done to Fight Stain?

Many people first try out products such as whitening toothpastes, which are advertised to provide cosmetic benefits. These may help some individuals to prevent further stain buildup, but don’t easily remove the stain that is already embedded deep within the tooth enamel. Also, the products in whitening toothpastes are often abrasive to the teeth or harsh to the gums and are more likely to cause sensitivity than they are to effectively whiten.

You can also prevent stain from accumulating by drinking your favorite beverages through a straw.

Deep stain that rests in grooves and ridges of teeth can easily be removed with the specialized tools used by your hygienist during a professional dental cleaning. The deeper stain can only be lifted with professional tooth whitening treatments.

Schedule a smile evaluation with your dentist to find out how you can erase long-term stain from your smile!

Posted on behalf of:
Marbella Dentistry
791 FM 1103 #119
Cibolo, TX 78108
(210) 504-2655

Nov
20

At-Home Teeth Whiteners – Do They Work? Are They Safe?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Almost everyone wants a whiter smile and those who do probably want it now. Using over-the-counter teeth whitening products seems like the fastest way to start seeing results. There are so many products out there, however. You may well wonder whether any are truly effective and safe and how they compare with in-office whitening procedures.

Safety Concerns

For starters, at-home whiteners are safe when used by capable adults or teenagers. Children generally should not whiten. There is virtually no risk of danger within the first few uses. There are some concerns that exist in regard to the frequency of use of these whiteners.

If you simply start using these products without consulting professional assistance, then you may be apt to use them more frequently than you should. Some whiteners use abrasives to buff out stain, but these abrasives can damage the enamel and cause sensitivity. Many others use ingredients that can irritate the gums with prolonged exposure.

All office-supervised whitening procedures, on the other hand, are designed to be minimal yet effective, protect the gums, and be adjusted according to individual need.

Are They Really Effective?

Over-the-counter whitening products cannot penetrate the tooth to access stain deep within tooth enamel. They use a lower concentration of whitening ingredients so you may feel the need to use more to see results. The problem is that the more you use, the more you risk irritating your teeth or gums. However, a professional grade whitening gel can work quickly and more effectively.

Many dental offices offer professional teeth whitening as well as personalized suggestions for maintaining a stellar smile. Ask your dentist about a consultation for brightening your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

Sep
8

How to Maintain Your White Smile at Home

Posted in Teeth Whitening

So – you’ve finally done it. You had your teeth professionally whitened. Now that your smile is brighter and whiter than it has ever been before, what can you do to make sure that it stays that way?

Touch Up Regularly

Regular maintenance is the best way to keep your teeth white. However, you don’t have to use your whitening trays and gel as long as you did during your initial whitening treatment. Simply touch up once a day for 3 to 4 days at a time. Some people (such as those who smoke, drink coffee or are more prone to stain) will need to apply the gel as often as every 2 to 3 months. Other people may not need to touch up except every 4 to 6 months. 

Have Your Teeth Cleaned Every 6 Months

Larger stain and tartar particles aren’t going to come off with a few touch-up treatments. Having your teeth professionally cleaned will give you a blank slate. Touching up after your regular cleanings is one of the best ways to keep your smile bright. Your hygienist will scale away any tartar and polish off superficial layers of stain that are difficult to penetrate. 

Keep Your Whitening Gel in the Refrigerator

Did you know that if your whitening gel is stored in a cool area that it will be more effective once you go to use it? Keeping the gel in a warm, moist location – such as a bathroom – will make the gel become inactive much more quickly.

Keeping your teeth white isn’t as hard as you may have thought it would be. Follow these easy steps to experience a bright smile for years!

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Jul
24

Getting the Most from Your Home Whitening Trays

Posted in Teeth Whitening

You just received your first customized set of whitening trays – congratulations! Or, perhaps you are just lately considering giving home whitening trays a try. Either way, you’ll benefit from a consideration of some important reminders.

How to Use the Trays Properly

Before use, make sure your tray is clean and dry. When finished whitening, brush out your trays with water and a toothbrush. Make sure the trays are thoroughly dried and stored in a safe place you won’t forget about. Have your dentist check the fit of your trays on a regular basis. If you have dental work done such as crowns, veneers, or even orthodontia, then the trays won’t fit as they used to.

The Perfect Application

Your teeth should be brushed and flossed prior to whitening for optimum effect. Less is more when it comes to placing the gel. Only a small dot needs to be placed on the surfaces of the tray that are in contact with the front of the tooth. Overfilling the trays can result oozing and waste of the gel, and is more likely to cause gum-irritation.

Don’t Forget!

The frequency of use of your whitening system depends upon the manufacturer. Make sure you understand from your dentist what the recommended usage is. Don’t freeze gel that you are not using, but it is okay to store the gel in the refrigerator to prolong its shelf-life. Always keep the gel and trays out of reach of children and pets!

Talk to your dentist today about whitening options available to you!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

May
4

GLO Science Whitening: What is it?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

GLO Science Whitening is a convenient way to whiten your teeth at home while also benefitting from patented light technology that is used in dental offices.

Each GLO mouthpiece holds the whitening gel directly against your tooth surfaces. A small handheld activator and cord is tucked into your pocket and controls the light exposure of the GLO whitening tray. Unlike other types of at-home light accelerated whitening kits, GLO does not require you to hold a separate light against your teeth; it is simply built into the tray itself.

Most GLO whitening patients enjoy results that are 5 to 8 times brighter than other types of at home whitening kits. GLO Science Whitening gel is completely free of carbamide peroxide, allowing you to avoid unwanted tooth sensitivity. The alcohol-free formula also prevents common side effects like dry mouth.

Use your GLO Science Whitening kit once a day and within just a few days you will begin to see dramatic whitening results. Lift stains like tea, coffee, and tobacco, which darken your enamel and make teeth look older than they actually are. The kit is even safe enough to use on existing restorations like porcelain crowns, dental veneers and tooth colored fillings. Although it will not change the color of the ceramic material, it is safe and effective enough to lift superficial stains from these permanent restorations.

Are you a candidate for GLO Science Whitening? Your dentist will screen for cavities or gum infections that might interfere with your treatment, otherwise most other people can start whitening right away. Schedule your visit with your cosmetic dentist to find out more!

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Feb
5

Reversing Deep-Set Enamel Stains

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Not all of us are born with Hollywood-white smiles. In fact, some of us were born with or developed tooth enamel that was actually discolored. Anything from medications that we took, illnesses we had as a child, or the water supply where we grew up can impact the color of our tooth enamel. Reversing severe tooth stains like these can be a huge challenge. In most cases, over the counter products won’t even hold a candle to professional whitening treatments delivered by a dentist.

In-office whitening is the most aggressive way to target these deep-set stains. During the treatment, a high-grade whitening gel is applied to the tooth and then a bright light helps accelerate the whitening process. This takes about 10-15 minutes and the gel is then rinsed away and re-applied 3 or 4 more times. With deep developmental stains, a few more applications may be all that is needed and the results will be significant.

Following up with a professionally made whitening tray will help you stretch your results even further. Wearing the tray for at least one hour a day for 10-14 days will give you the most effective results possible. Some people are able to use a whitening tray without the in-office whitening session, but this will depend on the amount of stain present and the recommendations of your dentist.

Some people will still experience mild discoloration, but it in general it is much less noticeable after the whitening treatment. If the damage is too severe, your dentist may want to discuss another type of procedure with you, such as bonding or veneers.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Feb
2

Keeping Your Teeth White for Life

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Once you’ve invested in a whitening treatment, you want to know the best way to keep your teeth brighter and whiter for the years yet to come. Thankfully through proper maintenance and care, you can do just that. With an effective maintenance program, you’ll never have to worry about having to go back to dark stained teeth ever again.

How do you do it? It begins with first completing your initial whitening treatment as directed. Whether it’s achieved through an in-office whitening treatment or a 2-week home whitening routine, you want to get the best results possible on the first try. That means following your dentist’s home care directions and using any whitening gel properly. You’ll get the whitest teeth and have a “blank slate” to work with when you need to touch up in the future!

Maintenance. Even white teeth need it! That means you’ll need to touch up your smile with a whitening application at least every 3-6 months, depending on various factors. For instance, if you smoke, drink coffee, or enjoy soda – you’ll need to touch up more often. Touch up visits may be just a few applications over a few days, or up to a week. They’re most effective when done after a professional cleaning.

Regular preventive cleanings remove tartar and external stain from your teeth, so that they’re whiter and easier to re-whiten at home. People with generally healthy teeth and gums should have a preventive cleaning performed every 6 months. If you have a history of gum disease or are prone to significant buildup, it may be every 3-4 months.

With these small, simple steps, you can enjoy a lifetime of whiter teeth with only a minimal investment. Ask your dentist about a professional teeth-whitening treatment and change your smile forever.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

 

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