December 9, 2016
Tooth enamel yellows and darkens over time. Professional teeth whitening from Common Park Dental in Worcester erases stains, making smiles dazzling quickly and comfortably. Change the appearance of your smile with a cosmetic dentistry consultation.
How Teeth Become Stained
Drs. Guze, Wang and Hsin of Common Park Dental achieve excellent results with in-office Zoom! teeth whitening or custom-made acrylic whitening trays used in the patient’s own home. The patient selects the method best suited to him or her. Each method employs powerful hydrogen peroxide gel to lift staining organic material out of the tooth enamel. Dental and gingival (gum) sensitivity common to store bought whitening strips and trays rarely occurs.
How does tooth enamel get stained? Darkly pigmented foods and drinks penetrate tooth enamel, particularly if it has fine cracks or had become soft due to acid erosion. Molecules called chromogens are found in:
- Blueberries and blackberries
- Curry dishes
- Soy sauce
- Black tea
- Red wine
- Root beer
- Sports drinks
Chewing tobacco or smoking cigarettes create yellow and brown stains on teeth as well. Some antibiotics and other prescription medications, oral injuries, and endodontic therapy (root canal treatment) discolor teeth.
Teens and adults with healthy teeth and gums make good whitening candidates, particularly if they are diligent about brushing and flossing at home. Pregnant and lactating women should postpone professional teeth whitening in Worcester.
Zoom! Whitening in Worcester
Zoom! in-office whitening takes about an hour. The patient relaxes in the dental chair during the procedure. The tongue, lips and gums are protected with a rubber dam before application of the gel. The gel is swabbed on tooth surfaces, and it slowly removes stains. The smile is up to 10 shades brighter at the end of the appointment. An LED light activates the peroxide in the gel. At the end of the treatment, the dentist rinses off the gel.
At-home options, applied with customized whitening trays, are effective too. The home version uses a less concentrated gel. Patients wear the filled trays for a prescribed time for about two weeks to produce noticeably brighter enamel.
Keeping a Whitened Smile Bright
Teeth whitening is not permanent, but most patients enjoy their new looks indefinitely, especially if they get occasional whitening touch-ups. The team at Common Park Dental recommeneds patients
- Consume fewer foods and drinks that stain teeth
- Rinse the mouth with water or brush as soon as possible if you do consume them
- Stop smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco
- Brush twice daily and floss everyday to remove plaque
- Get six-month oral exams and cleanings at Common Park Dental
What about Your Smile?
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