Everyone wants that picture-perfect, mega-watt smile.
If you are not happy with the color of your teeth right now, odds are you are not projecting self-confidence. You are hiding your smile, but that should not be the case! Let us help you create the appearance you desire.
According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the most common response when asked “what you would you like to improve most about your smile,” was whiter and brighter teeth. We offer a variety of whitening treatments tailored to your needs. Based on your goals, we can personalize the best whitening option for you.
Baby teeth are typically whiter than the adult teeth that appear later. As we age, our adult teeth become darker, more yellow, or stained. This is partly why we associate white teeth with youthfulness.
There are several different ways for teeth to become discolored. The main causes of darkened teeth are genetics, antibiotics, and certain foods, plus natural darkening with age. Internal tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the enamel of the tooth, resulting from exposure to high levels of fluoride, use of antibiotics as a child, developmental disorders, tooth decay, restorations, root canal issues, and trauma. External tooth discoloration is caused by factors outside the body, namely foods and tobacco. These can include smoking, coffee, tea, carrots, oranges, and other foods.
Professional tooth whitening in Dr. Mike’s Akron office is the preferred whitening method because stronger agents are applied, while the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected. The best whitening systems feature a buffer in the gel to protect the tooth enamel from damage. In-office treatments tend to be extremely effective, transforming teeth in a single office visit. Teeth can brighten up to ten shades in about an hour. In-office whitening affects only the front eight teeth and is a great jump-start for take-home whitening.
With our at-home whitening options, custom-made teeth whitening trays are created for you to take home. Because they are designed to your unique smile, you will receive the best whitening outcome with beautiful uniformity. Results can be seen in up to 16 shades. Our methods are safe and proven, and cause little sensitivity.
There are a few over-the-counter tooth whitening methods that can be purchased without your dentist’s supervision. They include whitening strips, paint-on tooth gel, mouth trays with gel, whitening toothpaste, and even whitening gum. These are typically safe products, increasing in popularity due to relative inexpense and ease of use. If you do have oral concerns, it is a good idea to ask your dentist for your best method.
Your dentist is best qualified to handle any issues that may arise from whitening treatments, such as tooth sensitivity. Today, most tooth sensitivity cases are minor and easily managed. Tooth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth and if you are following up regularly with a home whitening product.
Please contact our office for a whitening consultation to find your path to a brighter, whiter smile today!
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