Would you like to have a brighter, whiter smile? Well, who wouldn't? You've heard of all kinds of teeth whitening processes and products, but you wonder if you are a candidate for teeth whitening. Your Lumberton, NC dentist, Colin Osborne III DDS, can help you decide.
Why Teeth Stain
A dingy, dull, yellowed smile stems from many factors, and in fact, most adults could benefit from some kind of teeth whitening at one time or another. According to research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic, the most common smile changers are:
- darkly colored liquids
- acidic foods
- poor dental hygiene
How Teeth Whitening Works
Most whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide, a common antiseptic which also works to bleach teeth. Many whitening toothpastes and over the counter gels and swabs contain a dilute form of this chemical. While whitening toothpastes can be used safely without supervision, some drugstore gels and tray-like applicators cause gum sensitivity. In addition, consumer products take days to weeks to whiten teeth and don't produce optimum results.
At-home or in-office teeth whitening provided by an experienced dental team works most effectively and safely, often producing a color change of up to 8 shades. Dentists custom-fabricate whitening trays to fit snugly over top and bottom teeth, reducing the chance of gum sensitivity.
In-office whitening uses a very concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to power out stains in just about an hour. The dental technician takes measures to protect gums and oral tissues while the gel seeps into the tooth enamel. Results are usually dramatic and, with touch-ups at home, last indefinitely.
Who is a Candidate for Whitening
People with healthy teeth and gums are typically good candidates for teeth whitening. Gum disease, multiple restorations, and extensive decay disqualify individuals from this cosmetic procedure. Dental professionals often whiten selected teeth first and then place veneers or cosmetic bonding on other teeth that have irreversible stains or other cosmetic defects.
Patients who are under 16 years old should not use professional whitening as their young teeth may become sensitive. Pregnant and lactating women should postpone teeth whitening procedures.
Dr. Colin Osborne III
Dr. Osborne and his team will help you achieve the healthiest and most attractive smile possible. Come into the Lumberton, NC office for a check-up and cleaning. You can discuss your dental concerns, including whether or not you are a candidate for teeth whitening. Call today for an appointment: (910) 738-9396.