Teeth Whitening & Snap-On Smile
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A beautiful and healthy smile does not always come easy for some patients. Even genetics cannot create a perfect smile. The reality is that we are all born with a myriad of imperfections in our mouths, and while teeth might be healthy, their appearance can be an important factor for many. For reasons of self-esteem elevation, boosted confidence, or the pure visual appeal, whiter teeth can make a difference in one’s self-perception. Professional teeth whitening is one such way to obtain that illustrious smile you have been hoping for. Here at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence, we look forward to helping you obtain your happiest, most brilliant smile.
What is Professional Teeth Whitening, When is it Necessary?
Over time teeth yellow for different reasons. If one drinks coffee, wine, or other staining food or drinks often, the chances are high the teeth have seen some discoloration from it. Smoking or infrequent brushing can also cause yellowing. There is no single specific cause for yellowing, though. Sometimes genetics and time just make teeth gradually and naturally discolor.
Teeth whitening is a form of cosmetic dentistry utilized to improve the appearance of teeth by making them whiter and brighter. Whitening takes place when one wants to have noticeably whiter teeth. Teeth are whitened professionally, beginning with an abrasive paste to remove any buildup of plaque. Following that, bleaching agents are applied to a controlled dried tooth surface. The agents may be cured via intense light. Teeth may finally be treated with fluoride to protect, and the end result is brighter and whiter teeth.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Almost anyone can qualify for a professional whitening. There are some who should avoid whitening, though. Those who are pregnant or lactating should refrain from professional teeth whitening. Those under 16 years of age, or those who have tooth or gum decay, should also avoid teeth whitening. Special considerations must be taken into account for those with implants, bridges, or filled cavities, as whitening may not be for everyone with hardware that could potentially become damaged.
What is The Difference Between a Cleaning and Whitening?
Dental exams occur twice a year, and typically are followed by dental cleanings. Here, we remove dental plaque and clean the teeth as a strictly preventative and treatment-based solution. Plaque removal and protective fluoride are the extent of the cleaning procedure.
For whitening, there is a key difference that while perhaps we might apply fluoride, the origins of the procedures are wholly different. Whitening is a type of cosmetic dentistry. Whitening also serves to deliberately whiten teeth, as opposed to simply keeping the teeth healthy. In short, cleanings following a dental exam are expressly for maintenance and health. A professional whitening is cosmetic and revolves around gentle bleaching until the ideal color is obtained.
Having white teeth is the dream of many people. Celebrities sport bright smiles at red carpet events, and models everywhere seem to have their teeth whitened, as well. Thankfully, whitened teeth are not limited to the few superstars and wealthy, and they can be easily obtained and performed. By having your teeth professionally cleaned, a brighter more confident smile can elevate your confidence. If you have any questions regarding teeth whitening, please feel free to contact us here at Randolph Center for Dental Excellence at today.