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Choosing the best method to whiten your smile isn't always as easy as it may seem. Matthews, NC, dentist Dr. David Feeney provides teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry services that will help you keep your smile bright and attractive.
Whitening your teeth with a drugstore kit can be a convenient option, as long as you follow the product directions completely. Common disadvantages of over-the-counter whiteners include:
- Dissatisfaction with Results: If the whitening strips or trays don't fit your mouth properly, your teeth may appear two-toned. You may also notice that your teeth look speckled after whitening. This problem occurs if you whiten without removing plaque and tartar from your teeth first.
- Long Treatment Time: You may need to use the product for weeks or months before your teeth look lighter.
- Sensitivity: Hydrogen peroxide, the whitening agent used in whiteners, can irritate your gums and roots. If the product you use doesn't fit correctly, you may be more likely to experience sensitivity.
Professional whitening in your Matthews' dentist's office only takes about an hour and can lighten your teeth an average of three to eight shades. Before your treatment begins, your teeth will be cleaned to remove plaque and tartar. Your comfort is a priority during your whitening session. Your dentist will apply a protective gel to your roots and gums and also place plastic retractors in your mouth. The retractors hold your lips and cheeks away from your gums, preventing irritation and sensitivity.
Your dentist uses a stronger formulation of hydrogen peroxide than that available in over-the-counter whitening kits. Once the whitening gel is applied to your teeth, it seeps into the pores in your enamel that harbor stains and begins to break apart the dark pigments. Most people only need one treatment, although a second whitening session may be recommended in some cases.
At-Home Professional Whitening
You can also achieve professional results at home with a take-home kit. If you prefer this method, your dentist will provide you with custom-made trays and a supply of hydrogen peroxide gel. You'll apply the trays nightly or several times a week for a few weeks. At-home trays are also a good choice if you want to occasionally touch up the results of professional teeth whitening.
Brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening! Call Matthews, NC, dentist Dr. David Feeney at (704) 847-1000 to schedule your appointment.
If you wish you had a whiter, brighter smile, you may have tried over-the-counter whitening kits or whitening toothpaste. However, you may not have noticed the results you had hoped for. Getting a noticeably whiter smile is easy with help from your dentist and a professional, in-office teeth whitening session. Find out more about professional teeth whitening with Dr. David Feeney in Matthews, NC.
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
Almost anyone can benefit from professional teeth whitening. However, not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure. Whitening does not work on porcelain dental restorations like veneers, crowns, or bridges. If you have these restorations in obviously visible places, a whitening session may cause an uneven color from the porcelain teeth to the natural teeth. Additionally, patients with tooth sensitivity issues should alert their dentist.
What can I expect during a teeth whitening appointment?
Before your whitening session, your dentist will separate the teeth from the oral tissues to minimize irritation. Then your dentist places the whitening gel onto the teeth and, depending on the type of whitening system they use, directs a special light at the gel. The light helps speed and strengthen the process. The gel sits on the teeth for about an hour, after which your dentist rinses the teeth and ends the procedure. In some cases, your dentist may split the treatment into three 15-minute sections, reapplying the whitening gel after each segment.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Matthews, NC
If you think you can benefit from teeth whitening, you should consult with your dentist to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Teeth whitening procedures last about an hour and can provide a variety of results, from subtly lightening the teeth to dramatically lifting their color up to ten shades. For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. David Feeney in Matthews, NC. Call (704) 847-1000 to schedule your teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Feeney today!
Teeth don't always stay as white as we would like. The foods you eat, your age and your use of cigarettes or other tobacco products can lead to unsightly staining. Luckily, teeth whitening treatment can erase years of stains. Matthews, NC, dentist Dr. David Feeney explains how teeth whitening can improve your smile.
How does teeth whitening work?
If you've ever spilled a cup of coffee on a white shirt, you may have used bleach to get rid of the stain. Teeth whitening works the same way. Hydrogen peroxide gel bleaches out stains that discolor your tooth enamel. Whitening is very effective for these types of stains, called extrinsic stains, but it won't work for intrinsic stains that are deep inside your tooth.
Is professional whitening a better option than drugstore whitening kits?
Drugstore products may take a long time to work and vary in effectiveness. Professional whitening is safer and produces more immediate results. When you visit Dr. Feeney's Matthews office, your teeth will be up to eight shades whiter in 60 minutes or less.
Before your teeth are whitened, your teeth will be examined to ensure that you don't have any dental problems. If your teeth are whitened and you have a cavity, you may be more likely to experience sensitivity. During your visit, your teeth will also be cleaned to remove plaque and tartar. If these substances aren't removed before whitening, the hydrogen peroxide gel won't whiten your teeth evenly.
Sensitivity is one of the most common complaints people have when they whiten their teeth. Thanks to two important precautionary steps used during professional whitening, your risk of sensitivity will be reduced. Dr. Feeney applies a protective coating of gel to keep the whitening agent off your roots and gums and also pulls your cheeks and lips away from your teeth with retractors during the whitening session.
After your treatment, you'll probably see a very noticeable difference in your teeth. You can keep your smile bright by limiting coffee, tea, wine, berries and other foods and beverages that stain teeth. Dr. Feeney also offers at-home whitening kits that you can use to touch up your results from time to time.
Are you ready to brighten your smile? Call Matthews, NC, dentist Dr. David Feeney at (704) 847-1000 to schedule your appointment.
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”