Your smile definitely has darkened and dulled over the years. Your check-ups at City Creek Dental in Temple, TX are good, and your dentist, Dr. Derek Winegar is pleased with your oral health. However, he knows you are dissatisfied with your tooth color. You wonder, "Should I consider a tooth whitening treatment?" Well, why not learn more about this in-demand cosmetic dental treatment?
Why tooth color changes
Time and what we put into our mouths changes tooth color. Yes, we:
- Drink coffee, tea, cola and sports drinks
- Consume acidic foods, such as tomato sauce, which soften tooth enamel
- Eat darkly colored foods such as blueberries, raspberries and soy sauce
- Smoke and chew tobacco
- Use prescription drugs which stain teeth
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic also say that poor oral hygiene--that is, insufficient brushing, flossing and professional cleanings--contributes to dental stains as porous tooth enamel holds onto accumulated organic matter.
What you can do
If you're at the point where you are too embarrassed to show your smile, ask your dentist in Temple about professional teeth whitening. City Creek Dental offers this aesthetic treatment as a stand-alone service or often combines it with other smile improvements such as porcelain veneers. Available in an at-home or in-office version, teeth whitening changes tooth color by several shades. The results are safe and truly dramatic. No over the counter toothpastes, rinses or strips produce the smile boost that professional whitening can.
Before starting the treatment, Dr. Winegar will examine your teeth and gums to be sure they are healthy enough for whitening. People with extensive decay, numerous restorations or gum disease cannot get their teeth whitened.
If you choose the at-home version, you'll be fitted with custom-made acrylic trays that apply concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel right to your teeth. You'll wear them daily for a prescribed amount of time.
If you choose in-office whitening, the gel is swabbed on and allowed to penetrate your teeth as you relax in the dental chair. After the gel does its work, the dentist rinses it off to reveal those amazing results.
Keeping a white smile
Brush twice daily, and floss once a day as the American Dental Association advises. Also, get your semi-annual check ups and cleanings at City Creek Dental. As best you can, limit staining foods and beverages, and of course, stop smoking. Tobacco is so bad for your teeth and gums, and of course, your systemic health can suffer because of it, too.
Come see us
If you'd like to learn more about teeth whitening, contact City Creek Dental for a cosmetic dentistry consultation in Temple, TX. Dr. Winegar will outline your options for a beautiful smile. Call (254) 778-1990.