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It's just natural that smiles change over the years, but is the darkening, yellowing and staining of tooth enamel irreversible? Your professional team at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC would tell you that you can have a noticeably brighter smile with safe and effective teeth whitening. Done in the office in about an hour, or more gradually at home, dentist-supervised whitening brightens and rejuvenates dull, yellow enamel. Here are more details.
The origin of stains
Deep, hard to treat intrinsic dental stains come from oral trauma, some prescription medications or medical treatments. Easier to treat extrinsic stains respond well to teeth whitening processes in North Charleston. This surface discoloration involving only the outer enamel and not the second tooth layer, called dentin, comes from:
- Intensely-colored foods and beverages
- Tobacco--either cigarettes or the smokeless variety
- Acidic foods which soften enamel, making it more susceptible to stains
- Poor oral hygiene habits
So as organic residues accumulate in the calcified matrix of tooth enamel, teeth darken and exhibit areas of discoloration. Just think about the brown stains on the front teeth of smokers. Fortunately, teeth whitening can help.
The whitening process
When you come to North Rivers Dental Associates for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums, looking for any signs of decay or periodontal diseases. These conditions would be addressed first before any whitening treatments.
However, if all is well, you can begin whitening right away. There are two options:
- In-office whitening which takes about an hour right in the dental chair
- At-home whitening which uses custom-fitted trays to apply the hydrogen peroxide gel over the course of a week
Either method brightens tooth color by up to 10 shades with little to no dental or gingival sensitivity.
Staying bright and white
Your smile can remain white and sparkling indefinitely if you:
- Limit dark foods and drinks
- Brush twice a day and floss daily
- Get six-month cleanings, examinations and whitening touch-ups at North Rivers Dental Associates
- Eliminate all tobacco usage
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that most people would like to have brighter smiles. Are you one of them? Why not contact North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC for more details? Call (843) 553-7827.
Do you dislike old-style metal fillings? While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says amalgam filling material is perfectly safe, most people don't want dark fillings to show when they smile. Are there durable alternatives to amalgam that are also unnoticeable? Yes, there are tooth-colored filling materials, and your dentists at North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC recommend them as safe, strong, effective and natural-looking. They can be your best choices when tooth decay strikes.
Problems with amalgam fillings
Some people do worry about the mercury content in amalgam fillings, but studies show the material is safe and probably the best choice for very large fillings. However, there are a couple of other worrisome issues associated with metal fillings. The obvious one is their appearance. They're very unattractive, particularly right in the front of the mouth.
The other problem has to do with how much healthy tooth enamel must be removed in order to place amalgam. Another problem is that a metal filling is inflexible and can gradually crack the tooth as the person bites and chews on it.
Restoring with tooth-colored fillings
Realistic white fillings are made from three different materials. Your dentist chooses the correct material depending on the size and location of the tooth to be restored. Materials include:
- Composite resin, an inventive mixture of acrylic and glass
- Glass ionomer, a blend of tooth-building fluoride and glass
- Porcelain, a ceramic used in inlays and onlays which are fillings bonded within or in place of the cusps of a large tooth
Besides the obvious aesthetic benefits, tooth-colored fillings are very durable, and because they are bonded right to remaining healthy enamel, they require far less enamel reduction than their metal counterparts. Finally, these materials flex with the pressures of biting and chewing, creating far fewer chips and fine cracks than amalgam.
Do you need a filling?
If you do, ask about your tooth-colored filling options. The professional staff at North Rivers Dental Associates are highly skilled in the latest techniques in restorative dentistry. Trust their expertise to choose the right option for your best aesthetics and smile longevity. Call the office today if you are concerned about the health of a tooth: (843) 553-7827.
Have you considered whitening your teeth? This is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that people use to improve their smile. At North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Riley Cates, Dr. Maurice Weintraub, and Dr. Ryan Emerson use their experience and talents to help their patients achieve their best smiles. A teeth whitening treatment can make a huge difference in the way you smile and feel about yourself. If you're still trying to decide if whitening is a good option, this article may help to convince you.
Why do people get their teeth whitened?
The answer to this question may seem obvious; teeth whitening improves the way your smile appears in photos and in person. However, research studies conducted by the dental industry have found that people consider white teeth to be more than just an attractive feature. A survey was done by Crest and found that people with a bright smile were more likely to be hired for a job, as they were seen as more professional and confident than those whose teeth hadn't been treated. Other attributes associated with whitened teeth were success and trustworthiness. First impressions are important, and your North Charleston dentist wants to help you look your best.
Why is teeth whitening so popular?
Whitening has become a multi-billion dollar industry for several reasons: it's safe, cost-effective, painless and can produce impressive results. Although there are kits and products available for purchase over-the-counter, scheduling a whitening session at North Rivers Dental in North Charleston ensures your safety, comfort, and the likelihood of immediate, long-lasting and noticeable results. One treatment takes about a half-hour and can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter, with results lasting as long as a year. While most of our patients will see good outcomes from whitening, it's not for everyone. A thorough examination from Dr. Cates, Dr. Weintraub or Dr. Emerson will help determine if whitening will work for you
If you'd like to learn more about teeth whitening at North Rivers Dental Associates, contact our office in North Charleston, South Carolina, to schedule a consultation with one of our talented dentists today.