Restore Your Smile
With teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is the best way to lift, treat, and reverse stains caused by the natural aging process, tobacco use, and the consumption of dark colored food and drink that stain your teeth, such. At Horizon Dental, Dr. Hostrander offers professional whitening services with KOR products to restore and brighten your smile. Call us today to get started by scheduling an appointment.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
UNDERSTANDING the process
Professional teeth whitening treatments all use the same basic active ingredients: peroxides. Peroxides such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide react to surface stains on the teeth. This reaction breaks the molecular bonds that bind the stain to the enamel of the tooth, “bleaching” it away and restoring the natural bright, white color of enamel.
Fast Results In One Treatment
in-office teeth whitening
In-office teeth whitening is typically the best way to whiten your teeth if you need fast results. Dr. Dan will apply a concentrated KOR whitening paste to your teeth, and use a UV light to enhance the bleaching power of the peroxide. In just an hour, this non-invasive treatment can provide you with a smile that’s 5 shades brighter or more. Multiple treatments can be used for even better results.
Treatment On Your Own Time
take-home teeth whitening
Take-home teeth whitening consists of a set of custom-built trays, filled with a KOR whitening solution. Dr. Dan will provide you with these trays, as well as instructions on how to wear them. You’ll wear them for several weeks at home, on your own time, and whiten your teeth gradually. While take-home whitening usually takes a bit longer than in-office whitening, it will provide similar results and the gradual change will look more natural.
benefits of teeth whitening
a powerful cosmetic treatment
Teeth whitening allows you to boost your self-confidence and smile freely, especially if you are embarrassed or uncomfortable when you smile or laugh. Teeth whitening also makes you look younger, as yellowed and stained teeth are often an indicator of the aging process. The treatment is fast and non-invasive, with no numbing or sedatives required. Finally, teeth whitening is very affordable, and provides stellar results for a minimal investment.
Does teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is performed through bleaching agents containing peroxides. These peroxides cause some demineralization in the enamel, increasing porosity. Most tooth sensitivity caused by whitening can be attributed to the effect that the bleaching agents have on the dentinal tubules of your teeth.
Dentinal tubules are responsible for tooth sensation, as they are connected to the tooth’s nerves. The tooth’s dentin becomes exposed during teeth whitening as a result of being stripped. However, tooth sensitivity will become reduced as time goes on and your tooth’s minerals become replenished.
Sensitivity can also be caused by excessive whitening, in which case the best way to reduce sensitivity would be to reduce the frequency and length of your teeth whitening sessions. Tooth sensitivity is a temporary byproduct of teeth whitening treatment and can be relieved with desensitizing products.
How long does
teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening is a temporary treatment that lifts stains from the enamel. Whitening treatments can last anywhere from 6 months to 3 years depending on the specific whitening treatment and your lifestyle habits.
The best way to increase the longevity of your teeth whitening treatment is to maintain good oral hygiene and keep up on whitening products like whitening toothpaste and at-home whitening strips.
You should also avoid activities and foods that cause staining such as smoking or consuming a lot of red wine, coffee, or acidic foods and drinks. Teeth whitening helps to temporarily improve the whiteness of your teeth, but it does not prevent further staining.
Whitening strips bought over-the-counter contain the weakest bleaching agents and will produce the shortest results. To achieve long-lasting teeth whitening, you will need to opt for personalized take-home whitening kits from the dentist or in-office teeth whitening.
Take-home kits will produce more gradual results while an in-office session is typically performed in a single one-hour appointment and produces the best results. In-office whitening is perfect for special occasions.
is teeth whitening
bad for your teeth?
Teeth whitening is considered perfectly safe and will not harm your teeth. However, it is worth noting that teeth whitening, especially when done excessively, can cause tooth sensitivity, gum irritation, and could affect certain dental restorations such as silver amalgam fillings. Teeth whitening will not disturb dental implants or dental crowns.
Using whitening strips from the drugstore make it more likely that you will damage your teeth, especially if they do not have the ADA seal of approval. It’s important to use reputable high-quality teeth whitening treatments and to follow the instructions carefully.
Dr. Dan will take precautions to reduce these concerns. He will place a protective gel over your gums to protect them from the bleaching agents and you can be assured that receiving teeth whitening in-office is a safe treatment that does not contain excessively harsh peroxides.
While you may experience tooth sensitivity, this is a temporary side effect that will resolve itself as the minerals in the teeth become restored. If you have any concerns about dental restorations during teeth whitening, contact us at Horizon Dental and we can discuss what your options are.
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at horizon dental
If you’re interested in exploring your cosmetic dentistry options in Charlotte, Horizon Dental offers a wide range of services to improve your smile. You can contact us at (980) 999-5007 for more information, or come into our office at 13425 Hoover Creek Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273 to schedule your appointment.