Teeth Whitening

added on: December 5, 2015

Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from daily oral hygiene and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office, but if you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your whitening options.  In addition, anyone considering cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile should consider teeth whitening as the first step in that process.

Some people are better candidates for teeth whitening than others, depending on the color of their teeth and the existing dentistry on the teeth that show in the smile. Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. If you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth the whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. You may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.

How to whiten:  At-home bleaching has been proven to get the same results as “in-office” or “laser” bleaching and is much less costly. Peroxide-containing whiteners actually draw the yellow color out of the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a tray that fits like a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. There are potential side effects, such as increased sensitivity or gum irritation. Speak with Dr. Korolewski if you have any concerns.

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