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Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
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.