Bringing Out Your Very Best Smile
If you'd like to smile more confidently, knowing your teeth are their whitest and brightest, you might want to consider dentist-supervised teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a safe, effective and lasting way to lighten most people's smiles, available in a wide variety of methods and concentrations for various kinds of teeth. Simply talk with us about the criteria for best results, how whitening could impact your particular situation and which procedure will best suit your needs.
Whitening treatments are most successful in removing yellow, brown or orange tinges resulting from age, coffee, tea or smoking. However, dark gray tones from fluorosis, smoking or tetracycline use often will not whiten as dramatically; artificial materials such as silicants or porcelains do not whiten at all. Finally, sensitive teeth, teeth with periodontal disease and teeth with worn enamel typically do not respond well to whitening.
There are two primary methods of whitening: in-office whitening and supervised at-home whitening. In-office techniques often make use of a light-activated gel application, require as little as one to two hours and can improve color by up to 8 shades. Less expensive supervised at-home methods produce results via daily sessions over one or more weeks of wearing a customized gel-filled tray appliance, and may result in about a 4 to 6 shade improvement as seen on the dentist's shade scale. Afterwards, you can best preserve your new, brighter smile by limiting habits such as smoking and drinking coffee or tea.
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