Teeth Whitening Service Springville, UT
Tooth discoloration won't kill you, but it can do a number on your confidence. With the emphasis that society places on "perfection" and appearances, not having a set of perfect pearly whites can cause people to feel self-conscious about their smiles.
Fortunately, Maple Creek Dental's simple and effective teeth whitening services can help to alleviate these feelings and give patients a boost to self-confidence. A thorough, professional evaluation by Dr. Jackson will determine the cause of the discoloration and enable him to suggest the best course of treatment.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration
Most patients assume that discoloration is due to poor dental hygiene. This assumption is mostly incorrect. Poor dental health is merely one cause. Teeth also discolor because of:
- Eating certain foods or drinking certain liquids
- Thinning enamel due to aging
- Chronic medication
- A dental injury
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening is simple enough. The dentist or patient applies a bleaching agent to the teeth. Depending on the technique chosen, the bleach might need light to activate it. Either way, the teeth lighten because the bleach fades the stains.
Who Is A Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Whom the process works for depends on the extent of the stains and the condition of the teeth. Discoloration caused by natural aging, for example, may be more challenging to treat because it’s caused by the thinning of the enamel.
We recommend that patients schedule a consultation with Dr. Jackson to determine the best treatments for their situation.
What Are The Options?
There are three basic options for teeth whitening:
- Over-the-counter treatments
- In-office treatments
- Professional whitening trays
There are many over-the-counter treatment options available to patients. These products work, but only to a limited degree. They will only lighten teeth up to two shades at best.
The chemicals in these products are carefully regulated and less potent than the treatment you get at a dentist’s office. Stronger whitening agents must be applied under the supervision of a trained dentist.
In-office treatments are the fastest solution and can whiten teeth up to eight shades. Maple Creek Dentistry offers teeth whitening in Springville, UT in under an hour. Patients will see immediate improvement after the first treatment.
Dr. Jackson first applies a protective gel over your gums, then applies the bleaching solution to your teeth. Finally, he activates the solution using light.
Professional Whitening Trays
An in-house treatment prescribed by Dr. Jackson is a safe and effective alternative to OTC treatments. It's gentler than the in-office treatments, so it'll take a little longer. The advantage is that it's more affordable than in-house treatments, and patients can complete the procedure from any location.
Dr. Jackson first takes an impression of your teeth. Using that, he makes whitening trays that fit your mouth perfectly, allowing the even application of the bleaching solution. The patient uses the tray and solution every night for a prescribed amount of time until they get the desired results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is teeth bleaching safe?
When applied correctly, the bleaching solution used in teeth whitening is safe. Bleaching becomes problematic when patients repeat the therapy too often. That's most likely to happen when patients use home treatments.
With home treatments, patients seldom get the results that they want. They're more likely to repeat the procedures as a result. With repeated treatments, they weaken the enamel of their teeth and eventually wear it away. It's better to stick to professional treatments.
Will the treatments make my teeth sensitive?
The bleaching process will make teeth more sensitive at first. When the bleaching solution is professionally applied at Maple Creek Dental, this sensitivity passes quickly.
Should patients whiten their teeth before or after dental work?
We recommend that patients white their teeth before having dental work done. Why? Bleaching lightens the shade of natural teeth but has little effect on dental crowns or bridges. If Dr. Jackson installs one of these dental devices before the whitening process, they'll look conspicuous afterward.
Is this treatment permanent?
The answer here depends primarily on you. Patients typically return for touchups every six months to two years. If patients care for their teeth correctly and avoid smoking and foods that stain the teeth, the results can last for ten years.
Does tooth whitening affect dental devices?
The materials used to make restorative devices aren't affected by the bleach. The bonds between the teeth and the devices, however, might weaken. For this reason, it's best to stick with professional care.
Do patients need to take special care cleaning teeth after the procedure?
In the day or two after treatments, we recommend that patients brush gently. After a few days, patients can resume their regular brushing routines.
What are alternatives to bleaching treatments?
Should a patient's teeth be too stained or damaged to make bleaching effective, Dr. Jackson may suggest veneers instead. Veneers are usually made from a thin layer of porcelain and mask the underlying teeth.
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How It Works
When a whitening solution is applied to the teeth, the hydrogen peroxide inside of the solution penetrates through the enamel. It then starts the oxidation process where molecules are transformed to reflect less or no light. This makes them appear colorless, and teeth appear white. This process is typically extremely effective for eliminating stains and can be repeated frequently.
On occasion, the stains are too strong for a teeth bleaching procedure to work. When this happens, we can provide an alternative treatment. For example, patients in Springville can have dental veneers placed on the surface of teeth in order to cover dark stains. This is often preferable for patients that smoke since veneers are stain resistant and won't yellow quickly like natural teeth. Still, it is wise to try a teeth whitening procedure first, before starting a cosmetic one.
At Maple Creek Dental, we also recommend that patients have their teeth whitened before having other dental procedures completed. Most of the materials that are used in dental restorations or for cosmetic purposes are stain resistant and bleach resistant. For example, a dental crown won't stain or bleach but should maintain its initial coloring with time. When a crown, veneer, bridge, or implant is created in a dental lab, they are created to match the shade of the surrounding teeth. If the surrounding teeth are yellow, these restorations will be created in a yellow shade. If the surrounding teeth are a brilliant white, the restoration will be as well. This makes the timing of teeth whitening procedures important. If you live in the Springville area and are interested in a dental restoration, schedule your teeth whitening procedure first.
Genetics, aging, and consumption of staining substances (smoking, coffee, tea, and colas) are just a few reasons why teeth appear dark.
The procedure itself should not cause any discomfort and is relatively easy to complete. Before getting started, we simply recommend that patients schedule a dental exam with our Springville dental office. We will then examine your teeth and gums to ensure that they are healthy enough for whitening. This way if any cavities or infections exist they can be treated first. To learn more or to get started, call (801) 489-6811 and schedule your appointment.
Teeth Whitening FAQ
Q. Does tooth whitening cause permanent tooth sensitivity?
A. Sensitivity from tooth whitening is always transient. If there is any sensitivity caused by the whitening, it goes away within one to two days after the treatment, and the patient returns to the state of sensitivity he or she had prior to starting the whitening process.
Q. Can I get my teeth whitened?
A. Most people are candidates for tooth whitening, but again, each situation is unique and it's best to contact your dental professional.
Q. How long does tooth whitening last?
A. Typically you can expect whitening to last from six months to two years, although some studies report results lasting up to 10 years. Avoiding red wine, coffee, and smoking—all of which can cause staining—helps preserve the results.
Q. Is tooth bleaching safe?
A. Yes, many studies have proven that tooth whitening is safe. You can protect your tooth enamel by using calcium sulfate and fluoride.
Q. How much does tooth whitening cost?
A. Prices vary widely for tooth whitening. Over-the-counter kits can cost as little as $20, with extensive in-office procedures approaching up to $1,000. If you want professional whitening, expect the price to be around $300 to $800. If you want an at-home bleaching kit from your dentist, expect to pay between $300 and $600. Learn more about dental insurance and financing.
Q. Does tooth whitening affect fillings, veneers, or crowns?
A. Tooth whitening has little or no effect on restorative materials such as porcelain or crowns, but it may temporarily reduce the bond strength between enamel and composite restorations. This is why it is a good idea to check with your dental professional before beginning any course of tooth whitening.
Q. Is the agent used in tooth whitening toxic?
A. Products developed from carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and urea (substances found in every human cell), should be used cautiously to alleviate concern. Those who have issues are the ones who don't follow instructions and overuse the products for months or years.
There is more residual sensitivity with store bought teeth bleaching kits due to the "one-size fits all" trays that come in the kit vs the custom fit trays from the dentist.
Definition of Cosmetic Dentistry Terminology
- Bleachorexia is when people continue to abuse teeth whitening solutions without consulting professionals, causing significant damage to their enamel and gums in the process.
- Carbamide Peroxide
- Carbamide peroxide is a solution that contains hydrogen peroxide and can help to whiten teeth.
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite.
- Deeper Teeth Stains
- Deeper teeth stains are stains that require professional oral health services and can result from certain foods, beverages or improper oral hygiene.
- Dentin Hypersensitivity
- Dentin hypersensitivity is when the enamel wears down on the tooth enough that the dentin faces exposure and will cause great levels of pain when a person applies pressure to the tooth or drinks hot/cold beverages.
- A dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound in teeth whitening solutions that patients use to whiten the shade of their teeth.
- Relief ACP
- Relief ACP stands for amorphous calcium phosphate, which helps to relieve the pain in sensitive teeth in a gel form.
- Stained Dentin
- Stained dentin can result from certain foods and beverages with a lack of proper brushing. Dental professionals can provide whitening treatments to brighten the teeth.
- Surface Enamel
- The surface enamel is the hard outer shell that protects the dentin and pulp of the teeth. The enamel is the surface that people see when one smiles.
- Surface Teeth Stains
- While surface teeth stains can be inevitable with age, certain foods and beverages will only promote discoloration and faded teeth.
- Teeth Whitening Concentrate
- Teeth whitening concentrate is the bleaching agent that whitens the shade of teeth, which is more effective from a professional and not a general store product.
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