How Teeth Whitening Can Restore a Faded Smile

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
June 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Who wants to admit their looks have changed? Yet, when you gaze in the mirror, you see your smile has faded. In Milford, CT, Dr. Bruce teeth whiteningSchechter offers both in-office and at-home professional teeth whitening. Simple and budget-friendly, teeth whitening brightens smiles by several shades of color.

The origin of dental stains

What people eat, drink, and smoke can potentially stain tooth enamel, particularly with years of repeated exposure. Tobacco, dark soft drinks, coffee, tea, blueberries, curry, and acidic foods typically become caught in the calcified matrix called tooth enamel. Poor oral hygiene adds to the problem as do certain prescription medications.

Over-the counter-products

We've all seen storefront whitening services and brighter smile kiosks at shopping malls. Plus, there's a plethora of whitening toothpastes, strips, and rinses at the local drugstore and supermarket.

Are these services and products safe? They can be if properly applied. However, gum and tooth sensitivity often happens with do-it-yourself whitening. Are these services and products effective? Again, they can be to an extent, but anything other than professional whitening gel is weak at best and cannot produce the dazzling results your dentist and his professional team can.

How professional whitening works

Professional teeth whitening is today's most popular aesthetic dental service, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Your dentist uses powerful hydrogen peroxide gel literally to lift stains out of tooth enamel.

But, before any application--either in-office or at-home--begins, Dr. Schechter will check your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy enough for whitening. Your mouth should be free of decay and gum disease, and while some whitening patients may have crowns and veneers already in place, these restorations will not whiten and could require replacement to achieve a proper color match.

If you select in-office whitening, expect to spend about an hour in the dental chair. The hygienist will protect your gums and lips with a plastic dam and then apply the gel to your teeth. After sufficient penetration, the gel is rinsed off, leaving teeth up to eight shades brighter.

At-home brilliance is the same. However, it takes longer to achieve--about a week or so of daily applications of a less concentrated peroxide gel. You'll use custom-fitted whitening trays each day for a prescribed amount of time.

Keeping teeth white in Milford

Brush twice a day, and floss daily. Stay well-hydrated. Get whitening touch-ups as needed, and keep your regular cleaning appointments with Dr. Schechter.

For more information on teeth whitening, or to book a cosmetic dentistry consultation in Milford, CT, call the office at (203) 878-1787. Look forward to a brilliantly bright smile!