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Stain, Stain Go Away!

Seems as though just about everyone is doing it these days! Getting that “Hollywood Smile” is a regular pastime and the number one requested cosmetic dentistry procedure. While many people buy the “drugstore brand” of whitener, our take-home whitening trays produce better results, and in only a fraction of the time.

Woman holding teeth whitening chart

Teeth whitening is the most requested cosmetic dentistry procedure!

Want to know more? Call Limestone City Dental and we’ll gladly provide you with the pros and cons of the different types of whitening procedures.

Is Whitening for Everyone?

When it comes to teeth whitening (bleaching), it’s always best to begin in our office. We can advise you on whether you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. Those people with yellowish teeth typically have better results than those with brownish or grayish hues. Also, whiteners have no effect on tooth-colored composite fillings or teeth that are bonded, so whitening will only make these teeth stand out from the ones that do whiten.

Try Our Take-Home Whitening Gel & Trays

Our office dispenses take-home kits that include trays and whitening gel. These 10% and 35% carbamide peroxide (the bleaching agent) gels are generally used for two weeks in order to obtain the desired results. Gel strength is determined by a patient’s preference.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Teeth whitening comparison

Notice the difference in the upper teeth in these two photos!

Some people experience tooth sensitivity after using bleaching agents. This is usually temporary and goes away after completion of the whitening process. Others notice irritation of their gums – especially when the gums come in contact with the bleaching agent.

Side effects should always be brought to our attention so we can advise you on whether they are typical or not.

Can I Go Overboard on Bleaching?

Believe it or not, bleaching can become addictive for some people who never believe that their teeth are white enough! This is dangerous because too much exposure to carbamide peroxide may cause the tooth enamel to appear translucent and increase teeth and gum sensitivity and irritation.

And… you certainly don’t want your teeth to glow in the dark, do you? So be safe and know when to say when and that’s usually when the color of your teeth match the whites of your eyes!

Want to be really safe? Schedule an appointment with Limestone City Dental and let us make your smile shine! Give us a call to set up a convenient time to meet. You’ll be happy you did!