July 13, 2016
What do most people dislike about their smiles? It’s the color. Yellowed, dull teeth just make people feel old and just too embarrassed to smile and laugh in public. Plus, research says an attractive smile creates a good first impression–important in today’s competitive, fast-paced world.
How can you achieve a refreshed looking set of teeth? Worcester teeth whitening from Common Park Dental helps individuals flash their ideal smiles, and it’s as easy as a one-visit, in-office treatment or a more gradual process done in the privacy of your own home.
How teeth whitening works
Dr. Daria Hornung or her colleagues at Common Park Dental examine a patient’s teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy, free from decay, extensive restorations and periodontal problems. If so, patient and doctor can proceed with teeth whitening. The Worcester dentist gives adult and older teens 2 choices: in-office or at-home whitening, Both treatments brighten teeth dramatically by several shades of color–safely.
Whitening gel contains very concentrated hydrogen peroxide. Applied under the supervision of a Common Park Dental professional, the gel lifts out stains caused by organic material stuck in tooth enamel. These stains are called extrinsic.
Staining develops over time and results from what we put in our mouths. Smoking or darkly colored dietary choices, such as coffee, blueberries, soy sauce and red wine, are common causes of discoloration. Some prescriptions stain enamel, too, and neglect of brushing, flossing and professional cleanings add to the problem.
When a patient opts for in-office whitening, he or she first has a hygienic cleaning to remove plaque and tartar. The whitening procedure itself takes approximately one hour. The dental team uses a protective dam to avoid sensitivity problems with the lips, cheeks and gums. The dentist applies the gel directly to tooth surfaces.
As the gel seeps into the enamel, tooth color brightens. After rinsing, the patient leaves Common Park Dental with a dazzling smile.
At home, the patient uses customized trays to apply the gel. The home version is not as concentrated as the in-office treatment; so the individual must wear the filled trays for a prescribed time daily. While more gradual, the whitening effect is just as dramatic.
The long-term effect
Worcester teeth whitening changes a person’s self-confidence. After whitening, patients say they look and feel younger. They interact with confidence social and professional situations. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that 96 percent of American adults believe that a bright smile makes them more attractive when dating.
Additionally, whitening patients maintain that sparkling new color easily when they:
- Limit staining foods and beverages, such as coffee and cola
- Stop smoking and chewing tobacco
- Brush twice daily, and floss once a day
- Get semi-annual exams and cleanings at Common Park Dental
- Do touch-ups as needed
Interested in professional whitening?
Bring your questions to the Worcester, MA office of Dr. Daria Hornung. She can help you on your way to a new smile. Contact the staff today for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, and ask about our current specials.
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