Tatiana Barton, DDS

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Stamford, CT 06905
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3ReasonsYouShouldConsiderToothWhitening

White, translucent teeth are the hallmark of a beautiful smile. But with age or the foods we eat our teeth’s natural brightness can dim to a dingy yellow.

If this is your case, you may be able to benefit from teeth whitening techniques that brighten up your less than “pearly whites.” A teeth whitening treatment from time to time could put the dazzle back in both your smile and your self-confidence.

Here, then, are 3 reasons for considering tooth whitening to improve your smile.

You might be able to do it yourself. There are a number of home whitening options (including whitening strips) that are safe and effective to use at home. But there are a couple caveats: because your dentist can use stronger bleaching solutions they may be able to perform the procedure in less time and with longer lasting results than a home kit. Also, some forms of staining originate inside a tooth—a home kit won’t help with that kind of discoloration.

It’s safe and relatively inexpensive. Home bleaching solutions aren’t strong enough to be harmful (unless you disregard the product directions) and are usually not very costly. Your dentist uses stronger solutions but with the training and curing equipment to minimize any risk to your teeth. And compared to other cosmetic treatments, dental office teeth whitening is still a relatively inexpensive option.

Dental office whitening can be more comprehensive and precise. Another reason to opt for your dentist to whiten your teeth is the wide range of discoloration they can alleviate. They have clinical techniques for alleviating internal tooth staining, and could even combine these with treatments for external staining. Your dentist can also help you achieve the exact degree of whiteness you desire—from a more subtle, natural shade to “Hollywood Bright.”

Whitening isn’t permanent—but with a thorough application and avoiding foods and habits that contribute to staining, professional whitening effects can last up to two years. If you’re interested, see your dentist for a full dental examination for any issues that might interfere with the whitening process. From there, you’re not far from a brighter and more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening and other dental cosmetic enhancements, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter….

WeighingtheProsandConsofTeethWhitening

Transforming your smile doesn’t necessarily require complex treatments like orthodontics, dental implants or porcelain veneers. Sometimes a little brightness can mean all the difference in the world.

Bleaching (or teeth whitening) is a proven method for dealing with tooth discoloration and staining. Nearly all whitening products, whether home or professional, contain the bleaching agent carbamide peroxide or its breakdown product hydrogen peroxide. These agents effectively diminish staining deep within a tooth (intrinsic) or on the enamel surface (extrinsic), although intrinsic staining will require a more invasive office procedure.

If you have extrinsic staining you have three basic options: dental office bleaching, a retail home kit or a kit purchased from a dentist. Again, you’ll find the same basic bleaching agents in each of these versions. The difference will be the concentration: home kits contain about 10% agent by volume, while the office application will be a much higher range of 15% to 35% (which may also employ specialized lights or lasers to increase the bleaching effect). As a result, an office bleaching may take only a visit or two to achieve the desired brightness while a home kit about two or three weeks.

Whitening is a more economical route for smile enhancement of otherwise sound teeth than other measures. But there are other considerations you should weigh before undergoing a procedure. Whitening isn’t a permanent fix — the brightness will diminish over time, optimally six months to a year in what dentists call the “fade rate.” You can slow this process by avoiding or limiting foods and habits that cause staining.

If you have other dental work — crowns, bridgework or fillings — it may be difficult to achieve a tint level that matches these restorations, especially at home. And while whitening is relatively safe (as long as you’re using your kit as directed), you may experience tooth sensitivity, gum irritation or other minor oral side effects.

Before you decide on whitening, visit us first for a complete dental examination. From there we can advise you on whether whitening is a good smile enhancement choice for you.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”

By Tatiana Barton, DDS
June 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Summer is here! Now is the time to get your whole yourself ready to enjoy fun in the sun. But if you’re teeth are discolored or stained, you may be self-conscious about flashing your smile at the beach. A professional teeth whitening from your Stamford dentist Dr. BartonTeeth Whitening can whiten your teeth and give you that extra boost of confidence that will help you enjoy all those summer social activities.

What Causes Discolored Teeth?

Many things can cause the teeth to yellow, stain, or become discolored. Certain beverages such as coffee, tea, or red wine can stain teeth. Also, certain medications can cause the teeth to become discolored. Growing older alone tends to darken teeth leading to a look of premature aging. Smoking and tobacco use, of course, tend to yellow teeth very rapidly.

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening:

  • Speed

Stamford dentist Dr. Barton can professionally whiten your teeth and give you a bright smile in a single office visit that lasts less than 1 hour. Generally the bleaching gel is applied for 3, 15-minute consecutive sessions, totaling roughly 45 minutes of treatment time.

  • Results

Unlike at-home whitening pastes, gels, and strips that could take weeks or months to work if they do at all, a professional whitening from your dentist can offer dramatic results almost instantly. A professional whitening can lighten teeth by up to 8 shades in one sitting.

  • Safety

A professional whitening from Stamford dentist Dr. Barton can be safer and more comfortable than a do-it-yourself whitening at home. She will take special care to apply a protective gel to the sensitive tissues in the mouth such as the gums, cheeks and lips. This helps to ensure that the powerful, professional bleach only reaches your teeth, instead of affecting other tissues.

Before you hit the beach this summer, get your smile ready with a professional whitening from your dentist. Dr. Tatiana Barton, your dentist in Stamford, CT offers teeth whitening along with a variety of cosmetic procedures to give you that celebrity smile this summer. Schedule your appointment by calling the friendly staff at (203) 327-7390.



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