This is an unfortunate fact of life: even tooth enamel yellows as we age. Professional teeth whitening in Clarksville lifts stains from dull, dark enamel, making it absolutely dazzling in a quick and comfortable way. Make your smile years younger with a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Arkansas River Valley Dentistry.
Reasons Behind Smile Stains
Drs. Fisher, Cook and Nichols achieve excellent and reliable results with in-office Zoom! teeth whitening and custom-made acrylic whitening trays to use in the privacy of the patient’s own home. The individual selects the method which will work best for him or her. Each employs concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to lift staining organic material out of the tooth enamel matrix. The tooth and gum sensitivity common to over the counter whitening strips and trays is virtually absent.
Why does tooth enamel become stained? Richly pigmented foods and drinks penetrate tooth enamel, particularly if it has fine cracks or is soft because of acid erosion. These molecules, called chromogens, are found in:
- Soy sauce
- Black tea
- Red wine
- Root beer
- Sports drinks
Chewing tobacco or smoking cigarettes create yellow and brown stains on teeth, too. Some antibiotics and antihistamines, oral injuries, and endodontic therapy (root canal treatment) discolor teeth.
Older teens and adults with healthy teeth and gums are excellent whitening candidates, particularly if they are diligent about brushing and flossing. Pregnant and lactating women should postpone whitening and other elective dental procedures.
Zoom! in-office whitening takes just about one hour. The patient just relaxes in the dental chair. The tongue, lips and gums are protected with a thin rubber dam before application of the bleaching gel. The gel is swabbed on tooth surfaces and penetrates the enamel. It slowly removes stains, leaving the smile up to 10 shades brighter at the end of the appointment. A special LED light accelerates the peroxide in the gel. At the end of the treatment, the technician rinses off the gel.
At-home options, applied with custom-fitted whitening trays, work well, too. The treatment uses a less concentrated gel. Patients wear the filled trays for a prescribed time for about 2 weeks to produce noticeably brighter enamel.
Keeping a Smile Bright
Teeth whitening doesn’t last forever, but many patients enjoy the dazzling look indefinitely, especially if they get occasional touch-ups. The staff at Arkansas River Valley Dentistry advises patients:
- Cut down on foods and drinks that stain teeth, and rinse or brush as soon as possible if you do consume them
- Stop smoking and chewing tobacco
- Brush daily and floss everyday to remove plaque
- Get six-month oral exams and cleanings with Dr. NIchols, Cook or Fisher
Get your own cosmetic smile analysis. Learn about Zoom! teeth whitening and other aesthetic services. Make your smile the best it can be. Contact Arkansas River Valley Dentistry for a consultation.