Posts for: September, 2015
Transforming your smile doesn’t necessarily require complex treatments like orthodontics, dental implants or porcelain veneers. Sometimes a little brightness can mean all the difference in the world.
Bleaching (or teeth whitening) is a proven method for dealing with tooth discoloration and staining. Nearly all whitening products, whether home or professional, contain the bleaching agent carbamide peroxide or its breakdown product hydrogen peroxide. These agents effectively diminish staining deep within a tooth (intrinsic) or on the enamel surface (extrinsic), although intrinsic staining will require a more invasive office procedure.
If you have extrinsic staining you have three basic options: dental office bleaching, a retail home kit or a kit purchased from a dentist. Again, you’ll find the same basic bleaching agents in each of these versions. The difference will be the concentration: home kits contain about 10% agent by volume, while the office application will be a much higher range of 15% to 35% (which may also employ specialized lights or lasers to increase the bleaching effect). As a result, an office bleaching may take only a visit or two to achieve the desired brightness while a home kit about two or three weeks.
Whitening is a more economical route for smile enhancement of otherwise sound teeth than other measures. But there are other considerations you should weigh before undergoing a procedure. Whitening isn’t a permanent fix — the brightness will diminish over time, optimally six months to a year in what dentists call the “fade rate.” You can slow this process by avoiding or limiting foods and habits that cause staining.
If you have other dental work — crowns, bridgework or fillings — it may be difficult to achieve a tint level that matches these restorations, especially at home. And while whitening is relatively safe (as long as you’re using your kit as directed), you may experience tooth sensitivity, gum irritation or other minor oral side effects.
Before you decide on whitening, visit us first for a complete dental examination. From there we can advise you on whether whitening is a good smile enhancement choice for you.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”
Dazzle everyone with your professionally whitened smile this school year.
Many of our patients have tried at-home whitening just to be less-than-thrilled with the results. If this sounds like you, then you may still be looking for a way to brighten your smile. With the new school year starting up, students and teachers alike are looking to revamp their smiles as classes begin. If you're one of them, then it’s time you turned to your Layton cosmetic dentist, Dr. Steven Christensen, for professional in-office whitening to get the results you truly want.
About Professional Teeth Whitening
Our teeth whitening system is a fast, painless and easy way to get your smile up to 10 shades whiter in less than one hour. This is much simpler than at-home whitening methods that have you leaving messy strips and trays on your teeth for several hours or even overnight. Now with the use of a high-grade bleaching gel and a special dental laser, your Layton cosmetic dentist can speed up the whitening process exponentially.
Getting Teeth Whitening in Layton
After we’ve examined your smile and determined that teeth whitening is appropriate for you, we will thoroughly clean your teeth prior to your bleaching session. We will also check for any cavities or gum disease, as these issues will need to be addressed before you can get teeth whitening.
Once your teeth have been cleaned, we will apply a layer of the bleaching gel on the teeth that are visible when you smile. We will leave the gel on for about 15 minutes at a time. During this time, we will direct a special light at your teeth, activating the gel and speeding up the whitening process. Each whitening treatment involves three 15-minute bleaching gel applications. After 15 minutes is over, your Layton cosmetic dentist will remove the gel, reapply a new layer and activate it with the laser again.
The entire whitening session is completely painless and non-invasive. It’s the easiest way to get rid of yellow and brown stains caused by food, drinks, cigarettes and also just the natural effects of aging.
You too can get a brighter smile when you turn to your Layton cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening. You will see visible results in just one session. So what are you waiting for? Let 4 Dental Health give you a new smile for a new school year.
When the multi-platinum recording artist, songwriter and TV personality Jason Derulo was recently asked about his ideal woman, his answer covered a remarkably broad spectrum. "There’s no specific thing," he said, "so I think it’s unfair to say what my ‘type’ is." But it turns out that there is one thing the So You Think You Can Dance judge considers essential: A beautiful smile.
"I’m not into messy teeth," Derulo said. "If the grill has spaces and different colors, it’s not my vibe."
As it turns out, he may be on to something: A number of surveys have indicated that a bright, healthy smile is often the first thing people notice when meeting someone new. Yet many are reluctant to open up that big grin because they aren’t satisfied with the way their teeth look. If you’re one of them, consider this: Modern cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to improve your smile — and it may be easier and more affordable than you think.
For example, if your smile isn’t as bright as you would like it to be, teeth whitening is an effective and economical way to lighten it up. If you opt for in-office treatments, you can expect a lightening effect of up to 10 shades in a single one-hour treatment! Or, you can achieve the same effect in a week or two with a take-home kit we can custom-make for you. Either way, you’ll be safe and comfortable being treated under the supervision of a dental professional — and the results can be expected to last for up to two years, or perhaps more.
If your teeth have minor spacing irregularities, small chips or cracks, it may be possible to repair them in a single office visit via cosmetic bonding. In this process, a liquid composite resin is applied to the teeth and cured (hardened) with a special light. This high-tech material, which comes in colors to match your teeth, can be built up in layers and shaped with dental instruments to create a pleasing, natural effect.
If your smile needs more than just a touch-up, dental veneers may be the answer. These wafer-thin coverings, placed right on top of your natural teeth, can be made in a variety of shapes and colors — from a natural pearly luster to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Custom-made veneers typically involve the removal of a few millimeters of tooth enamel, making them a permanent — and irreversible — treatment. However, by making teeth look more even, closing up spaces and providing dazzling whiteness, veneers just might give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry — A Time for Change.”