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If you are looking for a new dental office, you probably have a lot of questions about whether we are right for you. At Atlantic Dental Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we encourage you to call so we can answer your questions specifically. In the meantime, here is a list of some of our most popular questions.
Feel free to read through them. If your question is not addressed here, call us and we will be happy to help.
In order to determine if you are a good candidate for professional teeth whitening, we will need to do an evaluation to look at some aspects of your dental health. Clean teeth whiten best, so having a professional dental cleaning first will ensure that you are actually whitening your teeth and not the plaque on your teeth. The whitening gel needs to come into contact with the surface of your teeth in order to bleach the stains.
Different Types Of Staining
Certain types of stains respond to bleaching while other stains cannot. Teeth that are yellow due to tobacco use, coffee, tea, and other darkly colored foods or beverages are good candidates for professional teeth whitening and respond well to treatment.
Dark teeth due to trauma, certain medications, and decalcification may require more dramatic treatment in order to achieve the results you want. If you have deep stains, we can still treat you with other dental procedures such as veneers, crowns, or dental bonding.
Do's & Don'ts
Avoiding certain foods and beverages during the whitening process is important. Avoiding foods like curry, red wine, and artificially colored foods will protect your smile and improve your results.
The professional teeth whitening we offer at Atlantic Dental includes custom made whitening trays and professional strength whitening gel. The whitening gel, depending on the type we use is made of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Both have their advantages and a consultation will help us determine which will work best for you.
Source Of Stains
Stains primarily occur from your lifestyle. If you smoke, drink coffee, drink tea, or eat a lot of dark, staining foods, you are adding to the stains on your teeth. Sometimes stains occur slowly and you barely notice until one day, you wake up with yellow, aged looking teeth.
When you have stains on your teeth, sometimes brushing and professional cleanings are not enough to remove them. Professional whitening gel works by bleaching the stains on your teeth, making them look lighter and giving your smile an overall whiter, brighter look. By bleaching the stains, we restore your teeth to their original glory in your youth.
Where You Apply The Gel
You place a small amount of whitening gel in the receptacle for each tooth. Make sure to follow the directions about how much gel to use and how long to leave your trays in so that you can avoid side effects. Each time you finish whitening, remove your trays and clean them with cool water and your toothbrush. Save them for later touch up treatments in the future.
At Atlantic Dental, many of our Ocean City, MD dental patients want to know how often they should be whitening their teeth. The simple answer is that the frequency varies from person to person, but you should always follow the recommendations of your dentist and the instructions listed on the whitening products you use. Bleaching your teeth too often is ineffective and can be harmful to your smile. We sometimes recommend to our patients that teeth whitening every other day can be effective, but again, it's best to ask your dentist.
Professional-strength teeth whitening products are stronger than store-bought, over-the-counter treatments, which means they should be used less frequently. As a general rule, if you have had your teeth whitened professionally with our in-office EZ White teeth whitening in Ocean City, the results should last for at least one year.
Similarly, if you have used our product at home with custom whitening trays, you should not need to bleach your smile more than once a year. However, if you consistently drink dark liquids such as coffee and red wine, you may need to touch up certain teeth before the year is over.
Professional teeth whitening is always preferable to drug-store whitening kits, but if you do choose to use these pre-packaged treatments, you should not whiten your teeth more than every six months.
Do you have additional questions about our professional EZ White teeth whitening treatment? Call us today at (410) 213-7575!
Have you noticed that your teeth have gotten yellow over the years? Did you recently quit smoking or have you found yourself back on the dating scene? Maybe you just want to look better at work and project an image of health and youth.
What Teeth Whitening Can Do For You
Professional teeth whitening can improve your appearance safely and quickly. Today’s products are among the most effective and reliable available. Various strengths of whitening gels exist so that we can find the formula that works best for you and your needs.
Patients often wonder if they can afford professional teeth whitening. The truth is that it is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to improve the appearance of your smile. While some over the counter whiteners may be less expensive, they are not professional strength. When you whiten your teeth under the supervision of a qualified dentist, you achieve the best results.
What We Will Do For You
We can help you troubleshoot if you are not getting the results you want and make recommendations of the products that might work best for you. Dr. Christopher Takacs of Atlantic Dental will walk you through the process and even measure your before and after results so that you can see the difference.
If you have questions about professional teeth whitening, call our office and we can answer all of your questions and help you get started.
While most patients tolerate professional teeth whitening without a problem, some patients do report some mild side effects. The most common side effects include gum irritation and tooth sensitivity.
Avoiding Gum Irritation
Gum irritation occurs when your whitening gel comes into contact with your gums. When placing the whitening gel into your custom trays, it is important to use only the recommended amount so that it does not ooze out of the trays and onto your gums. If your gums appear white or irritated, the best way to avoid it in the future is by using only a tiny dot of gel in each tooth receptacle.
Some patients often complain of tooth sensitivity after whitening. Tooth sensitivity can range from mild to severe. You may just feel sensitive breathing in cold air or drinking an iced beverage, or you could feel sensitive all of the time and your teeth might send you a little zing every now and then.
How To Prevent The Irritation
The best way to deal with tooth sensitivity is to cut back on the frequency with which you whiten your teeth. Instead of whitening every day, whiten every other day or every three days. If you experience sensitivity, you may want to avoid whitening at night where you are asleep because you might leave your trays in for too long.
At Atlantic dental, we offer take-home professional teeth whitening in order to help our patients improve the appearance of their smiles. As we age, our teeth become darker, causing us to look older than we really are. Professional teeth whitening is an easy and affordable way to spruce up your appearance.
Our Teeth Whitening Procedure
We make custom whitening trays in our Ocean City dental office. They will fit your teeth snugly and hold the whitening gel that bleaches the stains off of your teeth.
When we have your whitening evaluation, we will ask some questions about your dentistry and lifestyle so that we know what type of whitening gel will work best for you. Some people can handle a stronger gel while other people may experience sensitivity.
How To Ensure The Best Results
Avoiding staining foods like coffee, tea, and red wine while you are whitening your teeth will improve and hasten your results. When you eat staining foods during the whitening process, it can get into the pores of your teeth and work against you.
Most people have no problems with professional teeth whitening and love the dramatic results it provides. It’s a quick affordable way to look younger and feel more confident about your smile.