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SeeYourDentistFirstBeforeUsingaHomeTeethWhiteningKit

Are your stained teeth bumming you out? There's good news—you can transform that dull and dingy smile yourself with a tooth whitening product.

There are dozens of over-the-counter whitening kits that allow you to brighten your own smile. Although not as controlled and long-lasting as a dentist's professional whitening, these DIY kits can still give you effective results.

But since these products involve chemical solutions that bleach tooth enamel, there's a common concern about their safety. Could you be harming your teeth by using a home whitening kit?

The answer is no—as long as you follow the manufacturer's directions for using the product. These kits have been formulated with a lower percentage of bleaching agent (usually 10% carbamide peroxide) than whitening solutions used by dentists. They've also been subjected to several clinical studies gauging both their effectiveness and safety.

That said, though, exceeding a product's recommended directions and frequency of use could cause you problems. If not used properly, a bleaching solution can erode tooth enamel—and this protective tooth layer doesn't grow back! As long as you whiten "within the lines," so to speak, you shouldn't encounter this kind of situation.

With that said, though, there are good reasons to consult your dentist before using a whitening product, or have them perform the whitening for you.

For one thing, an over-the-counter whitening product won't work if the staining originates from inside a tooth. It's wise, then, to have a dental examination first before using a whitening product to uncover this or any other underlying dental problems that should be addressed first.

You may also find a professional whitening will give you a more desirable result. A stronger professional bleaching solution under a dentist's expert control can produce a brighter, longer lasting smile than a home use product. A dentist may also be able to control the level of brightness better to help you achieve the smile effect you desire, from subtle white to ultra-bright.

Whichever way you go, your dentist can advise you on your options and make sure your teeth are in good shape for whitening. The end result can be a brighter smile—and a brighter mood.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

3TipsforSuccessfulSafeHomeTeethWhitening

Teeth whitening or bleaching is one of the most affordable and least invasive ways of improving your smile. Although the effect fades with time, whitening can make dull and dingy teeth more attractive in short order.

Teeth whitening is also unique among cosmetic dental procedures in that you can do it yourself at home. While professional bleaching solutions are stronger and capable of greater brightness and longevity, you can still achieve good results with a DIY kit.

If you decide to whiten at home, though, there are a few things to keep mind for a desirable and safe outcome. Here are 3 tips for successful DIY teeth whitening.

Follow the directions. It's not a good idea, both for a successful and safe outcome, to stray away from a kit manufacturer's recommended directions. FDA-approved home kits usually contain 10% or less of carbamide peroxide (one of the more common bleaching agents). That may not seem very strong but it's adequate within the recommended time it remains on your teeth to achieve an effective whitening effect. Exceeding those directions could permanently damage your tooth enamel.

Make sure a home kit will work on your staining. Home whitening kits only affect outer staining on tooth enamel. But dental discoloration can also arise from inside a tooth, often because of trauma, tetracycline use, or as a side effect of a root canal treatment. This kind of internal staining requires a special procedure usually performed by an endodontist to reduce it. So, see your dentist first to make sure your teeth are healthy enough for whitening and that a home kit will work for you.

Get your dentist's advice on home kits. There are a number of whitening applications on the market you can choose, so ask your dentist for recommendations. They can also give you some helpful tips on the whitening process to ensure you'll be safe and successful in your efforts.

Here's a couple of other things to remember to enhance your teeth whitening experience: whether you whiten your teeth at home or with the dentist, be sure you continue to care for your teeth with daily brushing and flossing. And, if you limit your consumption of foods and beverages known to stain teeth, you'll help extend the duration of your brighter smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening procedures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By Corley Family Dental
June 10, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Citizens of Decatur, it’s time to know the importance of healthy teeth and what we have to offer for you. From routine cleanings and fillings to bruxism devices, Corley Family Dental is prepared to handle all of your dental needs. Importance of Oral Health
 

The Importance of Dental Health

Drs. Natalie and Chad Corley want you to know that a healthy mouth means a healthy body. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping up with your dental cleanings and exams gives you a much greater chance of keeping your natural teeth your whole life. If you decide to fall into bad dental habits, the risk of gum disease goes up dramatically.
 
Knowing vital information about gum disease and its connection with your overall body health could be life altering. The Academy of General Dentistry has found that gum disease and health complications, such as a stroke and heart disease, have relations with one another. Swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and other gum problems can be a tall telling sign of gum disease, or something bigger. Don’t skimp on your gums, make sure to floss, brush, and visit us annually.
 

What We Offer to Help Our Patients

We are committed to doing everything we can to meet your dental needs. Listed below are the many procedures that we offer to our patients.
Many patients also come to us for cosmetic dental procedures. These methods can repair crooked teeth, treat an injury or improve the appearance of your teeth. Common procedures include:
  • Bonding – Tooth colored material is used to close gaps or change tooth color
  • Contouring and reshaping – Straightens crooked, chipped, cracked or overlapping teeth.
  • Veneers – Coatings, which are placed over the front teeth. Made to match the color of your natural teeth or can be made whiter.
  • Teeth Whitening
Here at Corley Family Dental, we are prepared to meet your needs for the smile that you’ve always wanted. Contact us today to learn more about or services or to schedule an appointment.


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