Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening = sparkling teeth

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening = sparkling teeth

Whiten your teeth in Beverly, MA with dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

Teeth whitening = sparkling teeth

Human beings have been trying to clean and whiten their teeth for millenia. As early as 3000 B.C. people used twigs with the tip chewed to clean their teeth and remove plaque. A cosmetic dentist can safely and comfortably whiten teeth fast, sometimes up to 10 shades whiter. Teeth whitening is one of the most cost effective ways to improve your smile and more than 100 million people in America whiten their teeth using the various options available.

Why do teeth discolor?

As children, most of us are born with white teeth. Our secondary, or permanent teeth, are usually less white. As we age, our teeth naturally become discolored and darker. The outer covering on the tooth, the enamel, becomes thinner, more porous, and millions of microscopic cracks become filled with materials that stain the tooth.

Teeth can be stained by food and drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine. Smoking and chewing tobacco will also stain teeth quickly. Some health problems and developmental disorders can cause tooth discoloration, and certain people have naturally yellow or gray tinged teeth as a genetic heritage.

Invest in the best with Dr. Ben Polan in Beverly, MA

There are several different teeth whitening systems, including at home kits and in office whitening. Making an appointment for a consultation is the best way to find which system will work the best for you.

Teeth whitening, or bleaching agents actually change the color of your teeth. Unfortunately, they aren’t very effective at removing brown or grayish stains, nor are they the best choice for badly discolored teeth or restorations. In these cases porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate.

A teeth whitening treatment supervised by Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA will protect the surrounding tissues from irritation or damage from the whitening materials more effectively than home whitening treatments. While some commercially available whitening toothpastes can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel.

Teeth whitening can make a dramatic improvement in your appearance, and thus your confidence. If you are self-conscious about stained or discolored teeth or simply want to improve your smile for career purposes, feel free to contact us at any time for more information or a consultation.

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By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

Considering teeth whitening?

Considering teeth whitening in Beverly? Here are 3 things to keep in mind

If you want to improve your smile by whitening your teeth, you may be tempted to buy an at-home whitening product or whitening toothpaste. These products may seem inexpensive, but you could actually end up wasting money if you buy a product that isn’t right for the job. If you have stained or yellow teeth, understanding why your teeth are stained can help you choose the correct teeth whitening method.

1. Talk to a dentist before whitening

A dental exam and consultation before beginning teeth whitening can help you to decide what type of whitening product to use. Some stains do not respond well to whitening products. Yellow teeth or teeth that are stained lightly by tobacco or coffee use can usually be whitened, but teeth that are closer to brown than yellow or that are a blue or gray color often do not respond well to teeth whitening. Whitening does not work on artificial teeth, crowns or teeth that have been treated with cosmetic bonding or veneers.

2. Professional vs home whitening

If you have stains that are likely to be improved by whitening, you can choose to use home teeth whitening products or have professional teeth whitening performed in a dental office. Professional whitening products are stronger, and they can actually be safer because they are used by professionals. A professional whitening service begins with your gums being protected to keep the bleaching solution from contacting them. If you choose home teeth whitening, try to pick a product that has a customizable tray. This will help to protect your gums for the bleaching agent. You may also purchase a professional whitening kit from the dentist that is made to be used at home.

At-home whitening products may cost less than in-office whitening, but professional whitening usually gives visible results faster. At-home products usually must be used for a period of time before results can be seen. If safety is a primary concern or if you have sensitive gums or teeth, in-office whitening may be recommended by a dentist.

3. Maintaining a white smile

Stains can return after whitening, so repeat whitening treatments may be necessary. You can reduce staining by cutting down on consumption of staining foods and beverages like red wine or coffee, and by quitting smoking and other tobacco use.