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Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a non-invasive and simple dental procedure in which the color of your teeth is brightened. Part of the procedures performed in Cosmetic Dentistry, tooth Whitening is a great way to enhance the beauty of your smile. Many people are concerned with the color of their teeth. It is not surprising with the number of cola, tea, wine, and fancy coffees available for consumption. There are a number of ways to whiten one's teeth. For example, the most popular option is using a home tooth whitening system. Remember however, that tooth whitening products only work on real tooth enamel. Any composite fillings or crowns you currently have will not be altered by the process. This is one of the most important reasons for allowing a dentist to assess your teeth prior to whitening. In fact, the ADA recommends that any person who is thinking about beginning a whitening routine visit their dentist first.
Teeth Whitening in Fishkill
If you do visit your dentist first, you can plan to have your fillings or crown replaced to match your new enamel color. An equally important fact to keep in mind is that whitening is not permanent. You will need to retouches every few years and more so if you smoke or drink beverages that stain tooth enamel.
Reasons for tooth whitening:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
- Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
- Discolored teeth due to antibiotics.
- Yellow, brown stained teeth.
Teeth Whitening at the Fishkill Dentist
If you decide to whiten your teeth at our office we want you to know exactly what to expect. The whitening process will require two appointments. At your first appointment, we will take impressions of your upper and lower arches. These impressions will help us build custom fit trays for your teeth. Custom fitted trays are an important step in the whitening process. Think for a moment. If the trays you use for whitening do not fit properly, you will not get the great results you want.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays to ensure that they fit properly. For the best results in Teeth Whitening at the Fishkill Dentist, you need uniform contact between your teeth and the whitening gel. If adjustments are needed, they will be made accordingly. Once you and your dentist are satisfied with the fit, you will be given a whitening solution. This solution should be placed within the trays and warn for thirty minutes two times per day. Your dentist might suggest that you wear the trays overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the amount of discoloration in the enamel and the levels of whitening you desire. Tooth sensitivity is not uncommon when dealing with tooth whitening. Generally any sensitivity you experience during the whitening process will subside shortly after your final treatment. We pride ourselves on being thorough and educating our patients. Rest assured, if you choose to whiten your teeth with our Fishkill office, you will know exactly how to use your whitening kit.
Teeth Whitening at the Fishkill Dentist and regular biannual checkups will keep your teeth not only bright and white, but also healthy and clean. Call us today to schedule your way to a whiter and brighter smile!
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