Do you ever observe another person’s smile and think “I would love a smile like that”? If you do, you’re not alone. According to market research, approximately 80% of us wish for whiter teeth. The demand for radiant smiles is also reflected in numbers on cosmetic dentistry. For several years running, teeth whitening has been a leading cosmetic procedure. And why not? It is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to makeover the smile!
We are happy to help patients feel great about their smiles. We do so by offering in-office whitening treatment as well as take-home whitening kits to get and keep a vibrant smile. We invite you to schedule your preferred treatment with us. But first, you may want to ask yourself a few questions.
Most of the time, professional teeth whitening works. However, some types of staining cannot be lifted from enamel. This is because not all stains sit in the superficial layer of the tooth. Sometimes, enamel is naturally thin or defective, resulting in a showing of dentin, which is darker than enamel. If your enamel is thin or dentin is showing through for another reason, whitening the surface won’t do much for the vibrancy of your smile. To ensure that teeth whitening will work, we observe teeth and the nature of discoloration.
Individuals who are generally happy with their teeth but would like their smile to have a little more personality tend to be very satisfied with the outcome of teeth whitening. But when other cosmetic imperfections coincide with discoloration, there may be a reason to consider treatment that can address multiple concerns at once. For example, teeth can be whitened and lengthened with a few porcelain veneers.
Lifestyle habits usually cause the discoloration that is alleviated with teeth whitening. That morning cup of coffee or glass of red wine at dinner will provoke further discoloration over time. Fortunately, teeth whitening is a treatment that can repeatedly be obtained as needed to keep teeth shining and bright. It is simply necessary to be prepared for this commitment, if you so desire. Do you have to get your teeth whitening over and over again? No, but stains will return in time.
Your smile can have new life within the next few weeks. Call our Palm Beach Gardens office at (561) 627-9000 to schedule your teeth whitening treatment.
Aging is a condition that humans have long wished to postpone. We are in a day an age in which it is easier than it has ever been to postpone the development of lines and wrinkles, and to correct age-related cosmetic concerns without much investment or down time. A quick visit to a dermatologist or med spa and crow’s feet or frown lines can be gone for several months. On the same train of thought, we have to point out that a quick visit to our general and cosmetic dentistry practice in Palm Beach Gardens can also have a dramatic affect on facial aging.
We see so much radiance in the smiles of celebrities and other people that there may be a misperception that teeth are either white or they aren’t. The shade of teeth is only partially related to genetics, because our genes may dictate how thick enamel is. Aside from that, though, teeth discolor simply because we eat. When we eat, microscopic bits of debris get into the tubules of our teeth. These are similar to the pores of our skin. Once debris gets in, it cannot get out. Teeth whitening is performed to break up those particles so light can reach the depths of enamel and reflect more radiantly and brightly.
Teeth whitening is a convenient method of removing stains from teeth that may be conducted at home or in the dental office. We offer both forms of treatment to make it as easy as possible for our patients to get the smile they desire. Professional teeth whitening revolves around the breakdown of debris. Each form of treatment does the same thing, reach into enamel with a controlled dose of peroxide. The difference is not in the results; it is in the method of whitening. Patients who choose in-office teeth whitening can look up to ten years younger in about an hour.
With age, we can expect the radiance in our smile to degrade; but we don’t have to accept this. You don’t have to accept a dull, yellow smile. Call (561) 627-9000 to schedule your teeth whitening treatment.
Your teeth have become dull over time, stained due to your morning coffee or evening tea. Whatever the reason for discoloration or dullness, teeth whitening treatment is an excellent solution. This cosmetic process has been one of the most popular ever since dentists around the world started offering professional-grade bleach solution in custom-fit trays. Teeth whitening is good, yes. It is so good, in fact, that many patients take things too far.
The Problem with Whitening
When teeth whitening is conducted in a professional, organized manner, there is no problem. At most, patients may feel slight sensitivity when they wear whitening trays as recommended. There is the key term, as recommended. And therein lies the problem. What often happens is that, when the teeth start to look whiter, patients get lost in their excitement. Either that or the “inconvenience” of having to wear trays for a limited time for several days running leads a patient to just increase the individual treatment time. This gets results sooner and means a shorter course of treatment. It may also mean zingers that buckle your knees!
Going too far with the whitening process goes beyond the sensitivity you might develop. Trust us; there have been plenty of people who push right on through those zingers with a little help from their favorite pain reliever. Doing so may blunt the force of sensitivity, but it won’t save your teeth or your appearance. Let’s first talk about tooth damage . . .
Whitening is a safe and effective protocol when used appropriately. Even whitening strips, which are far less powerful than professional whitening gel, are intended for brief use about once a year. The overuse of such products can wear down enamel, much in the way consuming acidic energy drinks causes teeth to erode. To prevent the irreversible wearing down of your teeth, whiten as directed.
We are led to believe that whiter is better, but that just isn’t true. We all have our natural coloring given to us by our ancestors. This includes the shade of enamel on our teeth. Going too white messes with the alignment of complexion to teeth, and can diminish your natural beauty.
We are happy to help you create your most beautiful smile with teeth whitening and other cosmetic or restorative dental treatments. Schedule a visit in our Palm Beach Gardens office at (561) 627-9000.
So you want a whiter, more radiant smile. Who doesn’t? We speak with patients just about every day who express concerns related to the natural discoloration that occurs over time. Stains are going to happen. Your job is not to try to avoid them (you can’t); it is to know what to do when your smile needs a boost. Here, we will discuss a few of the steps you can take before and after your teeth whitening treatment in our Palm Beach Gardens office to maximize your investment into your smile.
Before setting out toward a brighter smile, you must determine your path. Many people are under the impression that any whitening treatment is good whitening treatment. That’s not true. Commercial strips are limited in what they can do because they are limited in the strength of peroxide gel they can use. So if you have anything more than slight surface discoloration, your needs are greater than what commercial strips can provide for. If you want to see a real difference in the color of your teeth, see your dentist. We have two options from which to choose.
There is nothing special that you need to do before your teeth whitening treatment for your teeth to “be ready.” What you might want to do is the plan for comfort. Some people experience temporary sensitivity during and after teeth whitening. This is because the pores that lead to dentin tubules are opened up to remove particles that have settled on them. If you are concerned about sensitivity, talk with us. We can give you tips to ensure you are comfortable enough to complete your process. Toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth may help, as may rinsing with lukewarm water.
The fact that pores are more open and accessible after teeth whitening means that this is a prime time for more stains to occur! This is an important fact to know, so you don’t set yourself up for limited results. In the first few days after your whitening treatment, it is advantageous to avoid the foods that caused discoloration in the first place. This includes coffee and red wine – sorry, folks. If you do consume darker foods and beverages, rinse your mouth immediately, so fewer particles enter into the pores of your teeth.
Is your radiance dimmed by discoloration? We can help you reveal it. Call Lerner & Lemongello at (561) 627-9000.
Should you whiten your teeth? If so, what’s the best way to do it? These are questions we are frequently asked at Lerner & Lemongello, and they are more frequent now that teeth whitening products are readily available, as plentiful as toothpaste. The availability of a myriad of grocery store whitening products doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the results you and your teeth deserve, no matter what the television and social media ads are telling you.
When it comes to whitening your teeth, your dentist knows best.
To that end, here’s a bit of tooth whitening info designed to help you get started with the process and put a whiter smile on your face for fall.
Coffee, tea, red wine, soda, and basically eating, drinking and getting older, can cause your tooth enamel and dentin to darken. Everybody wants a white, bright smile. In response, modern teeth whitening became en vogue about 25 years ago.
DIY, over-the-counter whitening alternatives began as sticky tapes and painted on formulas, which revealed some results after several weeks, if ever, and they occasionally caused tooth sensitivity and damage. There are newer types of DIY products, but we believe the best choices for our patients are the two choices we offer at Lerner & Lemongello – the Take Home and the In Office tooth whitening procedures.
What kind of tooth whitening procedure is right for you? Ask yourself:
Lerner & Lemongello get the nod! We provide answers to your tooth whitening questions and more. Call to schedule an appointment, today: (561) 627-9000.