Teeth whitening is a popular dental procedure in the Arlington area. After all, who doesn’t want a whiter smile?
If you are considering tooth whitening, here are some things to keep in mind.
Tooth Whitening: Key Findings
- Whitening treatments can be effective on both extrinsic and intrinsic staining
- Only natural teeth can be whitened; in most cases, tooth-colored restorations will not bleach
- Whitening treatments include in-office bleaching procedures, dentist-supplied products for use at home, and over-the-counter (OTC) whiteners
- Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are commonly used in whitening interventions and can readily permeate dental hard tissues
- Temporary tooth sensitivity and gingival inflammation are the most common adverse effects. (American Dental Association)
Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides teeth whitening in-office or through a take home kit. Results vary, but most patients observe significant lightening that lasts up to a year.
What’s the difference between tooth whitening and tooth bleaching?
Though these terms are used interchangeably, they aren’t identical. Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching mean the active whitening agent.
Teeth whitener can refer to any product used to remove stains from tooth enamel: toothpaste, DIY strips, and some mouthwashes are safe and economical and can improve teeth with continued, regular use. The degree of whitening varies, and it takes scheduled use to see results.
Whitening products that do not contain bleach can typically make teeth two to four shades lighter. These are a good choice for individuals with sensitive teeth or gums. Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry advises pregnant or nursing mothers to select the non-bleach whitening products.
Bleaching can whiten deeper staining
The term “bleaching” is used to refer to a tooth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. For best results, teeth bleaching should be carried out in-office by a professional.
Teeth bleaching can generally achieve more noticeable results, sometimes up to seven shades lighter. Intrinsic stains on the dentin, as well as surface stains can be capably lightened under an experienced dentist’s care.
You can replace old silver fillings!
Perhaps you have old amalgam fillings that detract from your smile. We offer white fillings. If you replace old silver fillings with tooth-colored restorations, it will appear as if you have a cavity-free smile. Talk about an anti-aging treatment!
Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington provides comprehensive general and cosmetic dental services. Call us today to schedule an exam, tooth whitening consultation or professional dental cleaning.