Consult a Dentist Before Whitening Your Teeth

If you desire whiter teeth and are planning to use an at-home bleaching system, it is a good idea to first discuss this treatment with your Dentist.  The risks associated to tooth whitening include tooth sensitivity and damage to the roots of teeth.  Your Dentist may be able to predict whether or not you will suffer from tooth sensitivity and may be ale to recommend certain products and toothpastes that are designed to treat sensitive teeth.  A qualified Dentist can also check for signs of root damage caused by teeth whitening and can treat the condition if it is detected early enough.  For these reasons, The Academy of General Dentistry recommends Dentist supervision for any whitening treatments, even over-the-counter preparations.

Tooth whitening is an incredibly popular cosmetic dental procedure and is effective in a majority of patients.  Typically, yellow-colored teeth respond well to whitening while brownish-colored teeth do not respond quite as well.  Gray stains caused by smoking, taking Tetracycline or Fluorosis (ingestion of too much fluoride) are difficult to change dramatically with tooth whitening.  For these patients, a Dentist may recommend other cosmetic dental procedures such as porcelain veneers or bonding.

A qualified Dentist can examine your teeth, review your dental history and recommend the safest and most effective tooth whitening method available to suit your specific needs as well as your budget.  He or she can also monitor your results and make sure that you are not harming your teeth or gums during the process.

Good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing daily and receiving regular professional dental cleanings will also help to keep your teeth looking whiter and feeling healthier.  For more information about teeth whitening, contact a cosmetic Dentist in your local area.

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The Benefits of an Attractive Smile

Scientific research has proven that the better you look, the better others treat you.  It is not even a conscious choice by those around you; it is just the way human nature works.  Right or wrong, the reality is that attractiveness can determine how other people perceive you and treat you.  Your smile and teeth could largely determine how much another person wants to be around you.

The good news is that advances in cosmetic and restorative dentistry make it possible for almost anyone to have a healthy, beautiful smile.  If you have teeth that are darkened or discolored, you can use a tooth whitening system to achieve brighter, whiter teeth.  Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic procedure that is available for patients with gaps in their teeth, crooked, chipped or broken teeth.  Even if you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can be used to restore both the form and function of your smile.

If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile, or if you think your smile could be improved, it is important to find a qualified Dentist who offers both restorative and cosmetic dental procedures.  A qualified, experienced Dentist can sit down with you, discuss your needs and preferences, and recommend the right cosmetic and restorative dental procedures to fit your needs and your budget.  Many cosmetic dental procedures are considered elective and are therefore not covered by dental insurance.  However, procedures such as porcelain or tooth colored fillings are covered by some dental insurance plans and serve to improve the appearance of your smile.

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Your Age and Your Teeth

As a natural part of the aging process, our teeth often become darker due to changes in their mineral structure as the enamel becomes less porous.  Over time, bacterial pigments, tobacco and foods and beverages including red wine, coffee, berries, tea and colas can stain our teeth and cause them to become discolored.  The use of the medication Tetracycline has also been shown to cause darkening of the teeth.

Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you and creates a lasting first impression.  A bright and healthy smile enhances your overall appearance and draws others to you.  This can be beneficial in a variety of social interactions including first dates, job interviews, business meetings, presentations and more.  Teeth that are stained and/or darkened detract from your smile and add years to your appearance.  Fortunately, advances in cosmetic dentistry, specifically tooth whitening systems, enable most patients to achieve whiter teeth and a brighter, more beautiful smile.

Although over the counter tooth whitening kits are now widely available, there are several advantages to whitening your teeth under the supervision of a qualified dentist.  If misused or overused, over the counter tooth whitening kits can be harmful to the enamel of your teeth.  A dentist can recommend the right amount of whitening solution and the right frequency to ensure whiter teeth without causing damage to your teeth and gums.  A dentist can also monitor the health of your teeth and gums while you are going through the whitening process and address problems such as tooth pain or sensitivity to hot and/or cold foods or beverages.

Whitening your teeth is a great way to improve your appearance as well as your confidence.  If you are interested in achieving whiter teeth and a more beautiful smile, contact a qualified cosmetic dentist in your area to get more information about tooth whitening systems and how they may benefit you.

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