Secrets

Within the last 10 years the field of teeth whitening, both in the dental office and at home, has changed immensely. Essentially, there are two different methods to get whiter teeth: dental (in office) whitening, and an at home treatment. Discover a few secrets about teeth whitening that your dentist hopes I'll never tell you!

METHOD # 1: DENTAL (IN-OFFICE) TEETH WHITENING

I can tell you from first-hand experience, dentists LOVE the patient who wants to have a teeth whitening procedure in the dental office. Back in the early '90's there was only one option available.

Your dentist would make molds of your teeth, send them off to a lab, and in 5-10 days receive back your custom fitted teeth whitening mouthpiece. Then you would sit in the dental chair for 1-2 hours, with these plastic teeth whitening molds filled with peroxide (at a very low concentration) pressed against your teeth and gums.

After 3-4 visits, your teeth would be officially declared whiter (and usually they were), and you would be sent home with a nice $ 500 – $ 1,000 bill to pay. And with whiter teeth of course.

I'll be the first to admit, dental office teeth whitening has come a long way in the past 10 years. Now the most popular teeth whitening dental office procedure known as Laser Bleaching (Or Power Bleaching, Argon Bleaching, etc.) is a shorter process. Basically this teeth whitening procedure consist of the application of a concentrated peroxide gel onto your teeth, then for the next hour you sit in a dental chair with your mouth wide open, while a special light (usually argon) is shined onto the teeth whitening paste that in turn chemically reacts with the peroxide to complete the teeth whitening process in as short a time period as possible.

This teeth whitening procedure does work. Although, many dentists say that you get a whiter smile by repeated tray applications because the teeth whitening peroxide lasts in contact with your teeth for longer periods of time. The downside is that you still get stuck with that fat $ 500 – $ 1,000 bill (at least for the good teeth whitening procedure). And you still need to either come back 6 months later for another teeth whitening (excuse me – a touch up!) , or you're given some take home whitening items. Why then did you spend $ 500 – … More

Cosmetic dentistry refers to when you do anything beyond the normal health of your teeth, including fixing crooked teeth and gaps, as well as changing teeth discoloration or chipped teeth. If you are thinking of having your smile worked on, here is an overview of what cosmetic dentistry and cosmetic teeth whitening can do for you.

One thing cosmetic dentistry can do for you is to whiten your teeth. This can be either done in a Chicago cosmetic dentist office, a cosmetic dentist Madison Avenue office or a Beverly Hills cosmetic dental office – ideally everywhere in the country today.

Or you can get over the counter, do it yourself teeth whitening kits that are used in your home – which type you should have really depended upon how discolored your teeth are and how confident you can do these home treatments yourself.

Porcelain veneers is another type of cosmetic dentistry procedure. This is when a veneer is placed over the front of the teeth, to hide any cracks or chips. Dental veneers can also be used to create a whiter smile and overlay gaps.

If you have missing teeth, then dental implants may be a good option for you. Artificial roots are anchored into the jaw and then fitted with a prosthetic tooth.

For gapping teeth, dental whitening bonding can be used to apply a tooth colored composite to the teeth. Then the material can be polished and shaped to look like the rest of your teeth.

When you have a cavity to be filled, ask for the tooth colored fillings. This may be more appealing than the traditional silver fillings that are very noticeable.

An attractive and durable option to getting fillings or crowns on your teeth are porcelain inlays and overlays to repair any damaged teeth.

If your tooth is badly declined and a filling will not take care of the problem, then a dental crown is usually a form of cosmetic dentistry. After the decay has been removed and the tooth has been properly prepared, the crown will be fitted creating a kind of cosmetic dentures.

Dental bridges are a piece of dental equipment that are made of two crowns and a prosthetic tooth. They are used to cover the gap when teeth are missing.

To find, for instance, the right Ft Myers cosmetic dentist or a Palm Beach cosmetic dentist, make sure you do your … More