Patients who are bothered by stained or discolored teeth or those who would simply like to achieve a brighter smile can benefit from a teeth whitening procedure. Bliss Dental is pleased to offer teeth whitening to our patients in south Florida.
By taking advantage of our teeth whitening procedures, they can enjoy moviestar smiles and feel more confident about their appearance. Let’s take a closer look at what patients can expect if they undergo teeth whitening at Bliss Dental.
Most Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration
There are a number of reasons patients may experience discolored tooth. The most common cause is foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, cola, wine, apples, and potatoes. Smokers or those who chew tobacco may also face stained yellow looking teeth. Patients who do not brush or floss their teeth on a regular basis may face tooth discoloration as well.
There are also several diseases that impact the enamel or the hard surface of the teeth and the dentin or the underlying material under the enamel and cause discoloration. Certain medications, trauma, the natural process of aging, genetics, and environmental sources may also play a role in discolored teeth.
Best Candidates for Teeth Whitening
A number of men and women may benefit from teeth whitening. At Bliss Dental, we recommend this procedure to any patient who feels insecure or is concerned about their discoloration.
Teeth whitening is also ideal for patients who would like to ensure their smile looks healthy and bright for an upcoming special occasion such as a wedding, birthday, anniversary, or graduation. Patients who would like to portray confidence and enthusiasm may also be good candidates for teeth whitening.
Dr. Gaertner often encourages patients who would like to offset the effects of aging or smoking to consider teeth whitening. He also recommends that patients who are planning on undergoing other dental procedures such as dental restorations have their teeth whitened. This way, their crowns, bridges, or veneers can be made to match their white teeth.
During a private consultation, he can help a patient determine whether they are a good candidate for a whitening session in our office.
What to Expect During a Teeth Whitening Consultation
Patients who are interested in teeth whitening at Bliss Dental are encouraged to schedule a consultation at our office. During the consultation, Dr. Gaertner can evaluate the condition of their teeth and ensure there are no problems that may get in the way of treatment. If he clears a patient for teeth whitening, he’ll explain the options available, share before and after photos, and answer any questions the patient may have. The patient may then schedule their teeth whitening treatment during a routine exam and cleaning or an any other time they wish.
Types of Whitening Treatments Available
There are a variety of whitening treatments on the market. While whitening toothpastes can help, they are usually not powerful enough to deliver a noticeable improvement in discoloration. For this reason, Dr. Gaertner recommends whitening toothpaste as a component of a patient’s overall whitening treatment but not by itself.
Many patients are familiar with over-the-counter whitening solutions such as whitening strips or trays. While these treatments may be effective, the results they deliver are nowhere near as dramatic as the professional whitening treatments in our office. Also, store bought solutions are made to fit all types of mouth and offer no customization. This one-size-fits-all approach may cause the solution to loosen or leak and eventually lead to gum irritation.
At Bliss Dental, we offer professional teeth whitening solution that may whiten a patient’s teeth by eight shades or more. Patients who are searching for a dramatic solution are likely to be pleased with this method. It can be performed during a patient’s routine exam and cleaning in about an hour and offers immediate results.
We also offer customized whitening trays that patients can use at home. It is recommended to those who would like to have control over their whiteness and how often they whiten their teeth. Dr. Gaertner will take an impression of a patient’s teeth and send it to a dental lab so that customized whitening trays can be created.
Patients are encouraged to wear their customized whitening trays for a few hours every night for at least a week. Once they are pleased with their shade of white, they can stop wearing the trays. Since the whitening trays are portable, they are perfect for patients who travel frequently for work or pleasure.
Our whitening solutions are so effective because they involve hydrogen peroxide which penetrates through the enamel. It can transform molecules to reflect less or no light and create whiter teeth as a result.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
Patients who undergo professional teeth whitening can enjoy a variety of benefits that they may not be able to receive from over-the-counter whitening solutions. The greatest benefit is that professional teeth whitening leads to even results and allows for a patient’s entire smile to retain the same level of brightness.
Professional whitening also involves professional strength whitening agents that can deeply penetrate into the enamel of the teeth and remove stubborn stains that over-the-counter whitening solutions may not be able to improve.
In addition, professional teeth whitening allows patients to enjoy fast results. While the whitening treatments at stores may help patients achieve whiter teeth, it will likely take them weeks or even months to see noticeable results.
Unfortunately, some products may be completely ineffective and leave them with no results. Dr. Gaertner’s professional in office teeth whitening allows patients to achieve dramatic results in only an hour. They’ll notice their teeth to be shades brighter and can resume their everyday life with a beautiful, white smile.
Professional teeth whitening is also comfortable because Dr. Gaertner applies a protective covering over the gums to prevent contact with the whitening treatment. He may recommend fluoride afterwards to reduce sensitivity. Most over-the-counter whitening treatments lead to pain and sensitivity because the trays or strips are improperly sized for a patient’s mouth and make contact with their lips and gums.
Patients who visit Bliss Dental for professional teeth whitening will have control over how much whiter their teeth will become. If they use over-the-counter solutions, they may end up with a smile that is too white or not white enough. Dr. Gaertner can adjust the strength of the whitening agent to provide patients with their desired results.
Additionally, professional teeth whitening leads to results that last. Dr. Gaertner can allow patients to supplement an in office treatment with a customized at home treatment so they can easily maintain your results. Store bought whitening treatments do not usually allow for long-term results and must be used on an ongoing basis.
How to Prevent Discolored Teeth
There are several ways patients can keep their teeth looking white and beautiful. Patients who smoke should consider quitting and anyone who drinks a lot of coffee, tea, wine, or soda should try to limit their intakes of these beverages or use a straw.
Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is another way for patients to achieve whiter smiles and reduce their risk of stains and discoloration. Dr. Gaertner finds that patients who brush and floss daily and visit his office for routine checkups typically have brighter smiles than those who do not.
By following these tips and receiving teeth whitening sessions in our office, patients are sure to feel great about their smiles.
Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Whitening
What is the ideal age for teeth whitening?
Dr. Gaertner recommends teeth whitening for adults since teeth usually lose their whiteness as the aging process occurs. If a teenager seems ready for teeth whitening, he may clear them for this procedure.
What is the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic stains?
The two major types of teeth stains are intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic stains are deeper and usually the result of injuries, medications, and excessive fluorine compounds. Extrinsic stains, however, are more common and are caused by eating and drinking dark colored items such as coffee, red wine, soda, and tea. Smoking can also influence the extrinsic color of the teeth.
Is teeth whitening permitted for patients with sensitive teeth?
If you have sensitive teeth, let Dr. Gaertner know. He can determine the cause of your sensitivity and treat it if necessary. Since tooth sensitivity may be the result of tooth decay and cavities, we’d like to treat these conditions to ensure you enjoy the best possible results with our whitening solutions.
Does teeth whitening lead to permanent tooth sensitivity?
If you are concerned about teeth whitening causing tooth sensitivity, rest assured that any sensitivity you experience will fade one or two days after treatment. You’ll be able to return to your regular state of sensitivity quickly.
How long does teeth whitening last?
You can expect teeth whitening to last from six months to two years. By avoiding smoking as well as beverages such as coffee, tea, and red wine, you can ensure your white smile lasts for a long period of time.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Dr. Gaertner takes great pride in only offering the safest, most advanced treatments to his patients. While we can’t state that over-the-counter whitening solutions are safe, we can claim that our in office solutions will not damage your teeth or health.
Are whitening toothpastes effective?
The truth is that whitening toothpastes are designed to clean surface stains. Therefore, they don’t actually change the color of the teeth. While you may notice some visible results, they won’t be dramatic or long lasting.
How does teeth whitening affect crowns, fillings, and veneers?
Tooth whitening has minimal to no effect on crowns, veneers, fillings, and other restorative materials. However, it may temporarily reduce the bond strength between enamel and composite restorations. Therefore, it’s wise to consult Dr. Gaertner prior to undergoing teeth whitening with restorative materials in your mouth.
When should I get my teeth whitened if I’m getting married?
Many brides and grooms visit our office before their big day to whiten their teeth and ensure they look their very best. We suggest you visit our office about 3 weeks before your wedding day. You can also have them whitened sooner and use our customized whitening trays at home in the days leading up to your wedding. Let us know when you’re getting married and we’ll help you figure out the ideal time.
Is professional teeth whitening always effective?
Although professional teeth whitening has a high success rate, sometimes, stains are too strong for it to work. In these situations, Dr. Gaertner can provide an alternative treatment such as dental veneers, which are placed on the surface of the teeth and cover dark stains. He will likely recommend that patients try teeth whitening first before opting for another treatment.
Why Choose Bliss Dental for Teeth Whitening
Dr. Gaertner of Bliss Dental has years of experience in professional teeth whitening. He understands that yellow or stained smiles can take a toll on a patient’s confidence and truly enjoys helping patients whiten their teeth in safe and efficient ways.
Throughout his time as a teeth whitening expert, he has found that patients with whiter smiles become more outgoing, perform better in job interviews, and have more successful dates after having their teeth whitened. You can count on him to listen to your aesthetic goals and make your dream of a moviestar smile a reality.
Once you receive a teeth whitening treatment from Bliss Dental, you’ll wonder why you ever considered over-the-counter treatments that often lead to very temporary or disappointing results. You’ll be excited to spend time with your loved ones and show off your whiter teeth and attractive smile.
Schedule a Teeth Whitening Consultation at Bliss Dental
If you’re intrigued by our teeth whitening solutions and wondering whether you are a good candidate, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Gaertner. Call us at (305) 274-6500 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve the beautiful, bright smile you deserve.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- Colgate®. Teeth Whitening Products. 2016
- Crest. 3D White Whitestrips. 2016
- WebMD. Teeth Whitening Strips, Gels, Toothpaste, Bleaching, and More. 2016
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