Want the White Smile of Your Youth?
Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, cleaning between their teeth once a day and the regular cleanings at Dr. Cutler’s office. If you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your options.
You can take several approaches to whiten your smile:
What is in-office bleaching?
If you are a candidate for bleaching, Dr. Cutler may suggest a procedure that can be done in her office. This procedure is called chair side bleaching and may require more than one office visit. Each visit may take from 30 minutes to one hour.
During chair side bleaching, the Dr. Cutler will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent.
A number of in-office bleaching agents have the ADA Seal of Acceptance, your assurance that they have met ADA standards of safety and effectiveness.
What are at-home procedures and products?
Dr. Cutler utilizes the latest bleaching process that lightens discolorations of enamel and dentin, Nite White Tooth Whitening. What to expect with at-home bleaching:
1. During your diagnostic visit, Dr. Cutler will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth. These will allow her to make custom gel holding appliances called bleaching trays.
2. On your second visit, you will be fitted with the trays. You will also be given the Nite White gel and specific instructions on how to administer it and how often to wear your trays.
3. Follow the take-home directions carefully, continuing to maintain proper oral hygiene through brushing and flossing. Maximum aesthetic results will be obtained in most cases two weeks after following the specified procedures.
You want to speak with Dr. Cutler should any side effects become bothersome. For example, teeth can become sensitive during the period when you are using the bleaching solution. In many cases, this sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once the treatment is finished. Some people also experience soft tissue irritation—either from a tray that doesn’t fit properly or from solution that may come in contact with the tissues. If you have concerns about such side effects, you should discuss them with Dr. Cutler.
All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives. “Whitening” toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these ADA Accepted products do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth.