What is Teeth Whitening?
Everyone wants a beautiful and bright smile filled with pearly white teeth. Over time, the foods and beverages with consume, along with our oral hygiene habits, can change the color of our teeth. This can result in staining or yellowing of the teeth.
Luckily, there are a variety of products and procedures that are available to help you improve the color and look of your teeth. Before you start any whitening option, speak with your dentist. They will be able to tell you if certain whitening methods will or will not work on your teeth. Teeth whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. Those who have bonding or tooth-colored fillings will not see any change of color with whitening.
If you and your dentist determine that whitening is an option for you, you have several options like:
- In-office bleaching - This procedure usually requires only one office visit. During the procedure, the dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues from the bleaching agent. Once protected, the bleaching agent is applied to the teeth and a special light is used. Lasers can be used during teeth whitening procedures to enhance the results of the bleaching agent
- At-home bleaching – At home, peroxide-containing whiteners can bleach teeth over time. There are potential side effects, however, including increased sensitivity or gum irritation, if directions are not followed and longer time is needed to see results.
- Whitening toothpastes - All toothpastes will help remove surface stains. However, "whitening" toothpastes contain a special chemical or polishing agent that provides additional stain removal. They do not change the color of teeth, only removing surface stains
While there are teeth whitening methods you can use at home, the most effective method is the take home custom made bleaching appliance. If you are concerned about the dull color of your teeth, speak with your dentist about bleaching options that work for your specific smile.
Does Jacksonville Smile Center Offer Teeth Whitening?
At Jacksonville Smile Center, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures including teeth whitening. We can perform professional teeth whitening right in our office. This is considered the most effective and safest way to whiten your teeth. When you use Jacksonville Smile Center, the results of your whitening session can last up to five years!
The team of professionals at Jacksonville Smile Center strive to make the office a comfortable, efficient and convenient place. When you run into a dental problem, turn to the dentist who listens and responds. Our experienced doctor knows the field and can effectively diagnose and treat any dental needs. By choosing Jacksonville Smile Center you will get a friendly dentist who will counsel you on the most effective ways to improve your smile. You will also benefit from the individualized treatment our dedicated team of trained professionals offer each patient.
Should I Get My Teeth Whitened?
Teeth whitening is a very common cosmetic dental procedure that is successful in at least 90 percent of patients. Yellow-colored teeth are known to respond well to whitening. If you feel your smile has grown dingy, or other whitening methods are not working, consider getting your teeth professional whitened at Jacksonville Smile Center.
It is important to know that not all stains can be lightened by professional bleaching or over-the-counter remedies. Those with sensitive teeth, gum disease or teeth with worn enamel may not want to whiten. Be sure to speak with your dentist who can give you guidance on your specific options.
Are There Risks to Teeth Whitening?
There are some risks associated with teeth whitening. They can include tooth sensitivity and damage to the roots of teeth. Your dentist may be able to predict if you will have any side effects or problems with the procedure. They may also be able to help alleviate tooth sensitivity by recommending certain procedures or toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth. Your dentist can also check for signs of root damage that have been caused by tooth whitening. If any is found, they can treat the condition.
Although over-the-counter treatments are a less expensive, they require a longer treatment period, offer risks of gum irritation and damage to roots. They are also far less effective, with any results only being temporary. If you feel that your teeth could benefit from teeth whitening, speak with your dentist at Jacksonville Smile Center today!
Are There Other Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures I Could Benefit From?
Cosmetic dentistry is aimed at creating a positive change in the smile of the patient. An experienced and skilled cosmetic dentist can improve the appearance of their patient’s smile by suggesting and performing various cosmetic dentistry procedures. Cosmetic dentistry has been known to improve a patient’s self-esteem and confidence, not just improve the appearance of their smile. Though many people just think of teeth whitening, cosmetic dentists address both the esthetic and the functional concerns their patients. Cosmetic dental procedures are performed by cosmetic dentists to correct problems with teeth, including discoloration and chipping, and can also be used to change the overall shape of teeth by removing gaps or changing the size and shape of the tooth.
Some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures include:
- Bonding – During this process the dentist bonds materials directly to the tooth to close gaps or change tooth color
- Dental Implants – This type of cosmetic dental procedure replaces the roots of lost teeth with an implant and a crown that will look and act like a natural tooth
- Contouring and Reshaping - These dental procedures can straighten and repair chipped, crooked, cracked or overlapping teeth
- Veneers – This procedure involve ultra-thin coatings being placed over the front of the tooth to change its shape or color and are often used on crooked, chipped, discolored or oddly shaped teeth
- Fillings (Resin) – Using state-of-the-art plastic composite porcelains and resins, the dentist can mimic the function and look of natural teeth
- Root Canals - During this procedure, the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed. It is finished and restored to its natural look with a crown or filling
There are many technological advancements that help dentists create natural-looking teeth that are also more durable. If you are unhappy with your smile but are unsure which cosmetic dental procedure is right for you, speak with a dentist at Jacksonville Smile Center. After performing an exam, the dentist will recommend the best course of action to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.