Teeth whitening is an extremely popular procedure that your Burke cosmetic dentist performs; it’s not just for movie stars and brides-to-be.   Many people are brightening their smile with the simple procedure of teeth whitening.


Who doesn’t want a bright healthy smile?  Unfortunately, stains and discoloration are all-too-common dental problems, which is why teeth whitening has become such a popular procedure. Sure, regular oral exams and cleanings can prevent the majority of stains, but something like the simple act of aging can produce stains, along with various environmental elements and a person’s lifestyle.  Fortunately, most stains can be resolved through the safe, effective procedures of teeth whitening.


Avoid Stains with Good Oral Hygiene and Smart Habits

You can avoid developing many stains on teeth through excellent oral hygiene such as daily brushing and flossing and regular appointments for teeth cleaning.

A great way to ward off stains on teeth is by avoiding certain foods and drinks, such as red wine, coffee and sodas or brushing immediately after enjoying them.   Additionally, the use of tobacco can quickly and permanently stain teeth, so if you were thinking of kicking the habit, whiter teeth may be an incentive.


Is Teeth Whitening right for you?

Although teeth whitening is very effective, it may not be the best procedure for everyone.  Whether you opt for the procedure through your cosmetic dentist or decide to use an over-the-counter teeth whitener, you should first consult with your dentist to find out whether it’s appropriate for your teeth.

Conditions that might prevent you from safely undergoing teeth whitening include:

  • Tooth decay
  • White spots on the teeth
  • Infection of the gums
  • Discolored teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Certain types of dental work, including crowns and bridges


How does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening occurs due to a chemical reaction that penetrates teeth enamel to bleach stains below the surface. Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are the chemicals which can be used.  In either case, these chemicals seep into the porous parts of the enamel to bleach stain deposits in the dentin, which is the layer just below the enamel.  Teeth whitening via a dental office by your cosmetic dentist is accelerated through the use of special lights that speeds up the bleaching process.


Teeth Whitening Options

If you are in the market for teeth whitening, it may seem viable to head down to your local drugstore where there are entire sections dedicated to teeth whitening products.   As “easy” as these kits seem to be, they are usually not the best option.  These products are not as strong as those that your dentist can supply.   As well, you may need to expose your teeth and gums to whitening chemicals over a long period of time which could have an adverse effect on your teeth, gums and overall health.  A consult with your cosmetic dentist will probably lead to you opting to have the teeth whitening performed at the office or using a take-home kit from your dentist.


The key to a long-lasting, bright, white smile is to have your teeth whitened before discoloration becomes too severe. When you come to Bernard W. Lynch, DMD, FAGD for teeth whitening services, you’ll get solid advice, professional care, and the attention you deserve. Call today to set up an appointment and learn more about your teeth whitening options.