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The Secret To Keeping Teeth White For Life

Littleton dentist- Dr. Greg Herzberg

Are you someone that is instantly drawn to people with a beautiful white smile? Everyone’s teeth naturally get yellow and dull over time due to age because our teeth’s bright white translucent enamel gets thinner over the years and allows more of yellow dentin to show through.  Another contributing factor that causes people’s teeth to get yellow is staining from tobacco, pigmented foods, and especially drinks like  coffee, tea, red wine.   One way to get a brighter smile and maintain it is to use a custom tray for Teeth-whitening.

What are my options for teeth-whitening treatments?

Teeth whitening is only temporary, so regular treatment is important to keep your teeth white for life.  There are many different ways to whiten your teeth.  You can get in-office whitening, but that is costly and requires regular office visits.  A more effective way is to use At Home Professional Teeth Whitening products in a custom tray.  This is the best option, because it less expensive and the trays can be used over and over again for years.  You can call Ken Caryl Dentistry to schedule an appointment for professional teeth whitening trays.  After you make a one-time purchase of your whitening trays, you can purchase refill professional strength whitening gels at our office anytime in the future you want to whiten again.

Whitening gels come in many different concentrations, that are recommended based on the sensitivity of your teeth and how white you would want your teeth to become.  You can also buy over-the-counter whitening strips from Crest. Over-the-counter whitening strips are a lower concentration peroxide and might not achieve the result you want.

Having Realistic Expectations

Everyone’s teeth are different.  Everyone’s teeth react differently to teeth Whitening.  Some people can achieve a very bright white, while others may not bleach as well.  People with yellow teeth will have a better chance at getting their teeth bright white then people with a gray or brown tint.  Some teeth are gray/brown due to tetracycline use or illness during childhood.   This causes a change in the tooth’s intrinsic formation. In these cases, teeth whitening will be less effective.  The only way for these people to  mask their darker stains and tints completely is to place crowns or veneers.

Always keep in mind that tooth restorations such as fillings, implants, crowns, veneers, and bridges cannot be whitened with peroxide.  Also, your teeth whitening efforts will not be as effective if you don’t have proper oral hygiene, clean teeth appear whiter and reduce stain formation.  Just brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing will remove plaque and prevent stain buildup.  Limiting the use of tobacco, coffee, tea, red wine and some deeply pigmented foods will reduce the accumulation of stain onto your teeth.  Don’t forget to get your routine teeth cleaning at Ken Caryl Dentistry to make sure you are removing all the stains and plaque buildup that accumulates in areas you can not reach with your toothbrush.

Everyone wants a brighter smile, and now you can have one!!

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