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Professional Teeth Whitening vs Over The Counter Teeth Whitening

Professional Teeth Whitening vs Over The Counter Teeth Whitening

Dr. Bryan Kariya DDS and Dr. Ray Tate DDS prefer professionally administered teeth whitening over over-the-counter (OTC) whitening. When someone chooses to whiten their smile under the supervision of their dental professional, they receive added benefits that OTC tooth whiteners simply can’t offer:

  • An initial exam prior to whitening to determine any sensitivity and significant stains
  • A review of the different whitening options to determine which whitening approach best fits within your expectations, needs, and budget
  • Whitening treatment(s) that can be completed in the dental office or at home

Professionally administered whitening is the best way to ensure you’ll receive the results you’re looking for.


How Long Does Whitening Last?

Have you ever wondered how long your whitening results will last? The time the teeth stay white after whitening depends mainly on you and your lifestyle.

There are many factors that can affect the shade change of your teeth after whitening, so it’s important to have realistic expectations before and after whitening. Depending on factors like current shade and staining, it may take longer to get that bright, white smile. You should also know there are certain foods, habits (like smoking), and medications that can cause staining to occur after your teeth have been whitened. You’ll want to avoid these as much as possible during whitening in order to maintain your white smile.

Once you’ve achieved the level of white you want, it is up to you to maintain your bright, white smile. Remember it takes just as long to stain your teeth again as it did in the first place, and good habits and oral hygiene are the best ways to keep your dazzling smile. You may want to use a whitening toothpaste like Opalescence Whitening Toothpastes in order to help maintain your white smile while also increasing your oral health. If you are concerned that your white smile is fading, ask your dentist about a touch-up treatment for a couple of nights once or twice a year to retain your desired shade.

If you are interesting in tooth whitening treatements, call our office today at 405-494-7227!

Whiter Teeth Make You Look Younger

Whiter Teeth Make You Look Younger

Maybe you’ve always wanted dazzling white teeth. Or maybe your teeth have yellowed as you’ve aged. Or perhaps you’re not happy with stubborn teeth stains as a result of drinking coffee, tea, wine or cola. Or maybe you recognize that whiter teeth make you look younger and healthier. Whatever your reason for wanting whiter teeth, you’re not alone.

Just like we all have different hair and skin color, people also have different tooth color. Some teeth are more yellow than others, while others yellow with aging. Your natural tooth color can also be affected by many factors.

Surface stains and internal discoloration can be caused by:

Aging Using tobacco (smoked or chewed) Drinking coffee, tea, colas or red wine Eating pigmented foods such as cherries and blueberries Accumulation of plaque and tartar deposits Ingesting too much fluoride when teeth are forming Treatment with the antibiotic tetracycline during childhood There are several options available over the counter or professionally whitening techniques from your dentist.

The over-the-counter products all have essentially the same whitening ingredient – the bleaching agent peroxide. If you go to your dentist for a professional tooth whitening, we’ll use a more concentrated peroxide product.

With the in-office procedure, you get a lot of whitening very quickly, but it requires expertise. With such a high-powered bleaching agent, the gums must be protected.

The over-the-counter products are weaker. That means less active whitening but also less risk to the gums, should the whitening agent come in contact. All of the products are safe if used as directed. Still, they can increase sensitivity of teeth and they can irritate gum tissue. If you decide to use these do it yourself whitening products, see your dentist if anything doesn’t feel right.

Tooth whitening is best done in a healthy mouth condition. Have a thorough exam, make sure your teeth are clean and that plaque and tartar have been removed.” Also, be aware that tooth whitening doesn’t work on crowns or most fillings.

Professional whitening, which will be immediate and last for years, might cost more and is not generally covered by dental insurance, but is more effective. Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long.

A quick bit of tooth anatomy: Enamel is the thin hard outer layer of the tooth; dentin is the next layer in and is less dense than enamel. In the middle is the pulp, which is the soft tissue that holds the nerve center.

Enamel is what you’re bleaching. It’s really thin near the gum line. If you have receding gums, it exposes your root tissues. Dentists try to avoid applying the concentrated product on or near the dentin.

Dentin comes into play for aesthetics as well, because it’s got a naturally yellowish hue. As people age, their enamel can become thinner, a result of decades of wear and tear. The thinner the enamel, the more likely the yellowish dentin shows through. That’s why older people often have yellowed teeth. Bleaching products won’t help in this situation because they don’t affect the dentin.

There are a few other discolorations that whitening procedures cannot change. If you took tetracycline as a kid, say for an ear infection, you might have antibiotic staining of the teeth. Or if your teeth suffered trauma when you were young and your enamel was still forming, whitening won’t work. Dentists refer to these discolorations as intrinsic stains.

There are things you can do to help prevent your teeth from becoming stained. Avoid substances like red wine, coffee and tobacco. Other foods on the staining list are tea, tomato sauce and balsamic vinegar. If the thought of avoiding any of those makes you want to cry, Route 66 Smiles advises rinsing with water after eating. Brushing your teeth is even better.

And, of course, Route 66 Smiles advises good oral hygiene: regular brushing, flossing and checkups.

If you are interested in teeth whitening services, call Route 66 Smiles Yukon OK at (405) 494-7227.

Teeth Whitening for the Holidays

Yukon may not have a white Christmas this year, with teeth whitening for the holidays!

VIP dental teeth whitening services offer a quick and cost-effective way to improve your smile.

Ask about your teeth whitening treatment options, like 1 Hour Colgate whitening system. We can help you dramatically whiten your teeth with either an in office or take home method.

Whitening is one of the safest and most conservative dental procedures available. The procedure is simple. The in-office method begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only the teeth exposed. We then apply a whitening gel to the teeth, causing it to gently penetrate the enamel, breaking up stains and discoloration. The whitening gel’s active ingredient is a peroxide-based product causing the breakdown of organic stains that accumulate in the enamel over the years. Teeth also naturally darken through the course of your life. These stains, typically caused by tea, coffee, dark fruits, tobacco, and red wine, are removed, restoring the teeth to their natural color.

The complete in-office procedure takes approximately an hour. You also receive take-home trays to continue the lightening process and maintain your new, lighter color. Continued use of the product home will lighten the teeth with no side effects. You are in complete control of your desired outcome, depending on how often you use the system.

You may also have trays made without the in office procedure. The in office procedure gives your smile a significant boost in whitening. The take home system is more gradual, but very effective.

With proper care, your teeth will always be lighter prior to the service and your smile should sparkle for years from teeth whitening for the holidays! VIP dental recommends flossing, brushing twice daily, and using the home system at least once a month.

Ask us about 1 Hour Colgate Chairside Whitening Call (405) 494-7227, or contact us use the link below!