Teeth Whitening - Sidney OH
Many people want to have a more appealing smile. One of the easiest and least invasive ways to do so is to whiten your teeth. Many people who want to whiten their teeth will try a product like whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, or whitening gels. These solutions usually will not produce the desired outcome because of their method of application. Other options people use are over-the-counter "professional" whitening products that contain some hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is the bleaching substance that removes stains from both the surface and from within your teeth. However, these products contain much less of the active ingredient than you get with teeth whitening performed by a licensed dentist such as Dr. Van Treese.
While the products above will lighten your teeth, the results will be less effective. Toothpastes, whitening strips, and gels have the ability to lighten your teeth by up to one shade. In comparison, the system Dr. Van Treese recommends can lighten your shade by up to eight shades from your original teeth color.
The whitening process is an easy process. The whitening products we use contain hydrogen peroxide and carbamide. These products break apart stains into much smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are not as visible as the larger stains and allow more light into your teeth. This combination allows your teeth to appear much whiter and brighter than before.
Dr. Van Treese recommends a comfortable and affordable take-home teeth whitening system. This system utilizes custom made trays specifically fit for you to whiten your teeth at home making the results much more desirable.
Dr Van Treese's take-home teeth whitening system follows these steps:
- Impressions are gathered to make a model of your teeth.
- The models are sent to the dental lab to manufacture clear and flexible trays from these impressions.
- Once you receive your trays, whitening product is placed within the trays.
- The trays are worn overnight or for several hours at a time.
Dr. Van Treese recommends using your trays for seven to ten days. After this time period your will reach their lightest shade possible. If your teeth are darker than normal or have more staining, more days of treatment may be needed.
After you have whitened your teeth it is important to keep them white. The following is a list of items that may have caused your teeth to stain in the past and may be items to avoid in the future to keep your smile white:
- Food and Drink: Drinks like tea, coffee, and red wine stain your teeth.
- Tobacco Use: Tobacco products contain tar and nicotine which both stain your teeth.
- Age: As you age you wear down the enamel of your teeth. This causes your dentin, a yellowish substance, to show more.
- Trauma: Your tooth may change color as it reacts to an injury. During the reaction more dentin is released which is a darker substance.
- Medications: Tooth darkening is a side-effect of many medications like antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications.
If you are curious whether you are a candidate for teeth whitening, Dr. Van Treese can offer advice on whether he feels teeth whitening products may provide effective results for you. There are circumstances such as the current color of your teeth, medications you may have taken or are currently taken and other factors that factor into the end result of the teeth whitening process.