Those stained teeth in your mouth should not keep you from having confidence in your smile. The natural yellowing of tooth enamel is normal — but it does not have to be permanent. At Abington Dental Associates, we have teeth whitening services that can restore some of the sparkle to your smile.
Teeth are tough and can stand up to plenty of crunching, chewing, and grinding. But they can be easily stained by tobacco, tea, wine, and coffee, certain medications, and even by dental fluorosis — a harmless condition that occurs when we are too young to know it’s affecting us. Poor dental hygiene can only add to the problems these habits are likely to cause.
Our team of dentists and hygienists utilize a teeth whitening gel that is safe and effective on the teeth of patients at any age. Although there are multiple over-the-counter teeth whitening options, our office provides the quickest and most effective solution for tooth discoloration.
While over-the-counter tooth whiteners and whitening strips may lighten your teeth by a shade or two, professional teeth whitening can lighten your teeth by 3 to 8 shades. This is because of the bleach that is used with our in-office treatments that is combined with heat which leads to some pretty dramatic results.
Also, over-the-counter products contain carbamide peroxide which is only a third of the strength of the hydrogen peroxide gel utilized by our office. Effects can be seen after one 30- to 60-minute appointment but usually several sessions are required to restore a lustre your tooth color that you haven’t seen in years.
Over-the-counter products should also be done following a professional consultation from our office because there could be a risk of damage or other side effects to the enamel. Sometimes, a regular cleaning can be enough to whiten a smile. However, our teeth whitening products are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) which means they are safe and effective for use.
In-office whitening treatments from Abington Dental Associates is the safest option to return the glean to sensitive teeth or teeth that have been neglected for years because of poor oral care or other dental issues.
There are a considerable amount of misconceptions about the teeth whitening process. Contrary to popular belief, teeth whitening does not damage existing filings nor does it damage nerves in the tooth. Studies on teeth whitening shows that it has no effect on the surface of the tooth enamel. It is also not permanent, and depending on a patient’s habits, the whitening effects could fade in as little as 1 month.
Touch-up sessions are usually needed for sustained whiter teeth. Your teeth will also be temporarily sensitive after the bleaching treatment but this should go away in 1 to 3 days. If you experience prolonged change in color of gums or increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold beverages, contact your Abington Dental Associates professional immediately.