July 23, 2016
In-office teeth whitening at Wilmington Family Dental renews your tooth color by up to 10 full shades. Think how that can boost your confidence! Learn why teeth stain and why in-office teeth whitening works better than over the counter products.
How teeth change color
Scott Hornung DMD, David Hornung DMD, Khristy Fontillas DMD, John Miceli DMD and Kevin Guze DMD of Wilmington Family Dental agree: your smile is the first thing people notice about you. So, if it’s dull, yellow and aged looking, it does not represent the real you.
Over time, what we put into our mouths discolors tooth surfaces. Dark foods and drinks such as blueberries, pomegranates, coffee, tea, red wine, colas and soy sauce are just a few of the dietary options that stain the organic matter caught in tooth enamel. Smoking and some prescription and over the counter medications are to blame, too.
Sure, brushing, flossing and hygienic cleanings with your Wilmington dentist help as does limiting these staining foods and stopping smoking. But, is this enough? The answer is: not always.
Wilmington teeth whitening
The dentists at Wilmington Family Dental offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry options: tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, composite resin bonding, and of course, in-office teeth whitening. Teeth whitening, or bleaching, uses a powerful hydrogen peroxide gel to whiten enamel. It literally oxidizes staining organic matter.
The dentist fully evaluates a patient’s oral health before proceeding with teeth whitening in Wilmington. He or she examines the mouth for signs of gum disease and decay as these prohibit any whitening processes. Additionally, teeth should be free from extensive fillings or other restorations.
If the individual is a good candidate, he or she comes to Wilmington Family Dental for a one-hour appointment. The patient relaxes comfortably in the dental chair while the dentist or hygienist applies the whitening gel to the front sides of the teeth. Measures are taken to protect gums and other soft oral tissues so that no sensitivity results.
After about an hour, the gel is rinsed off, and the patient leaves with a dramatically brighter smile–often by a full 10 shades. He or she maintains the renewed color with daily brushing and flossing at home, periodic touch-ups and semi-annual cleanings at the dentist’s office.
Better than over the counter products
Whitening toothpastes, rinses, strips and trays purchased from the local drugstore have their place. They can be a good adjunct to professional teeth whitening. However, their drawbacks are lack of professional supervision and tooth and gum sensitivity.
One size fits all trays and strips may cause soft oral tissues to feel irritated because the product leaks off tooth enamel onto the gums. Additionally, only your dentist can tell you if your teeth are healthy enough for Wilmington teeth whitening.
Achieve superior results
In-office teeth whitening at Wilmington Family Dental is superior in every way to store-bought bleaching. Learn more details by visiting our professional team for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Contact Wilmington Family Dental for an appointment.
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