Let The Sun Shine On Your White Smile
Summer is one of our favorite times of the year. The longer daylight hours encourage many of us to spend more time out and about with family and friends.
Cookouts and vacations are just a few of the reasons we get to spend time with the ones that we love.
Even before smartphones, you could count on lots of photos being taken. Today, those photos are often shared on social media within minutes of being taken.
Are you ready for your next close-up? Are your teeth as white as you would like them to be?
If not, Ira J. Moin, D.D.S. can help. Call his dentist office in Encino, CA, to ask about our professional teeth whitening service.
Why Your Teeth Are Stained
No matter who you are, your teeth will become stained eventually … unless you actively work to fight against that staining.
Brushing and flossing your teeth are important to keep your mouth healthy and free from tooth decay and gum disease. They can slow the staining process, but they won’t stop it completely.
Almost anything that you eat or drink will gradually cause your teeth to become stained. This process won’t happen overnight. It will happen slowly, so slowly that you may not notice it while it is taking place.
Then one day, you will realize that your pearly whites aren’t so white anymore. You also may wonder how this happened. Here are few possible reasons:
» Coffee – Millions of Americans start their day with cups of coffee. Whether you take it black or with lots of sugar and cream, your teeth are being affected with every sip.
» Tea – Like coffee, tea contributes to the stains on your teeth.
» Soft drinks – This includes carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and sports drink. All of them are bad for your teeth.
» Food – Do you like to eat? We are betting most of you probably do. All the pasta covered with sauce, all the sandwiches, and any dessert you can imagine will affect your teeth in one or more ways.
» Tobacco – We won’t try to list all the reason that tobacco is bad for you. For the purposes of this post, we can say that smoking or using smokeless tobacco of any kind will cause your teeth to stain much, much faster than they would otherwise.
Professional Or Commercial Whitening?
Most of us have seen television commercials for one or more products claiming they can whiten your smile. Even if you haven’t seen the commercials, you see dozens of self-proclaimed whitening products every time you walk down the toothpaste aisle.
We understand that they are very tempting. They are convenient and easy to find.
So why should you go to the dentist for a professional whitening treatment? Because this is the fastest and the most effective way to remove decades worth of stains from your teeth.
As whitening products have become more and more common, the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs has taken a greater interest in them as well.
They published a paper a few years ago comparing commercial and professional whitening products.
Most whitening products use hydrogen peroxide as their whitening agent. Some products list carbamide peroxide, but this breaks down into urea and hydrogen peroxide.
According to the ADA, a product with 10 percent carbamide peroxide contains the equivalent of 3.5 percent hydrogen peroxide. In comparison, professional whitening products have concentrations of 25 percent hydrogen peroxide or more.
The difference between using a commercial whitening product and a professional one is sort of like the difference between spraying something with a garden hose or spraying it with a power washer. They may have the same ingredients, but one has a lot more and works a lot faster.
At our office, we offer Opalescence for our patients. This is one of the best whitening products on the market today, and you can only get it at a dentist’s office.
Most of the time we recommend at-home treatment for our patients. By using Opalescence as directed, you can see a dramatic improvement in the brightness of your smile in a few weeks. We do offer in-office treatments as well.
Be Ready To Smile
You look better when you smile, and you will smile more when you have white teeth. If you are interested in professional teeth whitening, make plans to come talk to Ira J. Moin D.D.S.