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Teeth Whitening for a Beautiful Smile and Brilliant Teeth

Your smile is one of the first things strangers notice about you and many people are uncomfortable with their smile as it is now. These people feel like their teeth are less than perfect and it creates an overall sense of self-consciousness and inadequacy. If you are one of the people who struggle to show off your toothy grin, then it may be time to consider making a consultation appointment with your wilmington dentist to talk about teeth whitening.

Simply put, teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that helps transform damaged and discolored teeth to their natural bright state. You may want to consider teeth whitening if you are suffering and are looking for a way to feel more confident when you walk into the world every day. Teeth whitening is designed to quickly change the appearance of your natural teeth to a better, more pleasing version. This procedure is popular because people find that is yields very noticeable results without invasive dental visits or months and months of commitment.

Teeth whitening is designed to help people of all ages and a variety of backgrounds. You may have only just recently started to care about your oral health and appearance. In that case, teeth whitening can help you stop struggling with missing, damaged, or discolored teeth due poor hygienic practices. However, you may have always taken care with your teeth and your overall health and you are looking for a way to really help your smile stand out from the pack. Some medications have yellowing side effects on your teeth and some patients suffering from fluorosis pursue this cosmetic dentistry option. Whatever your reason, take the time to schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss the best treatment plan for your smile.


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Teeth Whitening Expectations

For most people, teeth whitening can be completed in just one visit to the dentist office. During this one visit, you do not have to experience surgical procedures or long hours in the dental chair. You would be surprised to see what a change can happen to your smile after one quick visit to the dentist to focus on teeth whitening.

Once you and your dentist agree that teeth whitening is something that will help you get closer to the smile you have always wanted, the process starts with your dentist gently polishing and lightly reshaping of teeth, where it is necessary. You may have teeth that chipped or have uneven edges compared to the teeth next to it or from years of wear and tear. Next, dental impressions of your teeth are created so the dentist can use these molds to create a custom tray for your teeth. This individualized tray will address your specific needs where your teeth are now. You may have seen products advertised that you can use at
home or products that do not require your dentist to administer. Unlike these over-the-counter whiteners, these individualized trays in conjunction with dentist administered whitening solutions create more profound and longer lasting results. The whitening can begin as soon as your teeth trays are completed.

Common Causes for Needing Teeth Whitening

Your teeth are not as white as they used to be for several reasons and these stains come from commonly consumed foods and beverages. The usual suspects from these categories include wine, chocolate, coffee, wine, and tea. Smoking can have a serious impact on yellowing your teeth and creating a buildup of nicotine on the tooth’s surface over time. Certain medications can cause the teeth to yellow and stain from usage.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Treatments

At home teeth whitening options are easy to pick up at the store and usually affordable, but there are many drawbacks to trying to whiten your teeth using them. First, these treatments do not produce the same results at the professional dental treatments. Second, these treatments need to be purchased more than once, or even regularly, and these treatments will add up to a very expensive habit over time. Third, these treatments are designed to fit a variety of mouth sizes and mouth needs right off the shelf when the whitening treatments at the dentist office are custom tailored to you.

Caring for Your Teeth Afterward

Occasionally following the whitening procedure, you will experience tooth sensitivity. Generally, the sensitivity subsides after a few days, but if you find that it is persisting, please contact your dentist as soon as possible to discuss options.

To ensure that your teeth stay as white as long as possible following your whitening treatment avoid drinks and foods that stain your teeth. These items that will shorten the time you keep your teeth white include coffee, chocolate, wine, tomato sauces, and balsamic vinegar.

Finally, maintaining your good at home practices of twice a day brushing and flossing and keeping your twice yearly dental exams and cleanings will keep your mouth and smile healthy for a long time.

Teeth Whitening Costs

Costs for each procedure vary depending on how long the procedure takes, what materials the procedure requires, how many visits the procedure requires, and the amount of work the dentist is required to do. It may surprise you to know, but dental insurance may cover some of the costs for these as well as elective procedures as they lead to improved overall dental health and long term benefits. If you do not have dental insurance coverage or you have any questions about payment options for your treatment plan, you are more than welcome to talk to our staff at any time. Your budget’s health is just as important as your mouth’s health.


High Quality Care You Can Trust

At Edgerton & Glenn Cosmetic and General Dentistry. We strive to build relationships with our patients. You are more than just teeth, you are our patient and friend and we want to help you to achieve and maintain oral health as best we can. We look forward to meeting you and talking about what is best for you and your mouth. Please contact us to set up a teeth whitening appointment at (910) 256-9230.