Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pros and Cons of Teeth Whitening


People typically have their teeth whitened to improve their appearance. Whiter teeth are associated with beauty and a healthier lifestyle. When people have a brighter smile, they tend to smile more often and are less self-conscious.

Tooth discolorations can be caused by many factors. From smoking to not brushing to certain medications.

There are two types of tooth discolorations:
  1. Intrinsic - Tooth discoloration caused by trauma or medications. (inside the tooth stain)
  2. Extrinsic- caused by smoking, wine and other foods and beverages such as coffee that can easily stain the teeth over time. (surface tooth stains)
Based on the type of stain you have will determine the outcome and type of whitening you will need. Here at Dr. Grays we offer two types of whitening:
  1. Kor whitening system
  2. Day/ Night white system
Both systems are a take home method with trays, the difference between the two is the composition of the gel and Kor offers a one hour in office whitening visit after the at home is completed to boost and blend the shade.

If you are considering whitening! Ask your dental hygienist which option is the best for you and your type of stain. Bleaching should be done only under a dentist's care. Tooth bleaching under controlled dental office conditions present better end and long term results as well as techniques to help minimize sensitivity and tissue irritation.

  • Whiter smile
  • More esthetically pleasing
  • Youthful appearance
  • Confidence
  • Easy maintenance
  • Short term tooth sensitivity to cold
  • Short term soreness of gum and tissue surfaces that come in contact with the gel
Yet the effects of long term tooth bleaching are unknown, studies so far have shown no permanent long term effects or damage to enamel structure.

-Terri Dean, RDH

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