Today’s economic climate and declining job market make it imperative that you look your best when applying for work . People with white teeth are looked at as being healthy and youthful. Darkened and discolored teeth can be the deciding factor in getting a new job. Teeth discolor for many reasons. Trauma, decay, poor hygiene, tobacco, wine, tetracycline and age can all cause teeth to look unsightly. One of the simplest and least expensive ways for a “make-over” is to have your teeth bleached.
One of the causative factors in darkened teeth is underlying disease. It is important to have a thorough dental examination before starting a bleaching program. It can be harmful to try an bleach decayed or infected teeth. Radiographs are needed of decayed or darkened teeth before bleaching. Fillings will not bleach and require replacement. Ask your dentist to photograph your teeth before bleaching is started, this will allow you to follow your progress as your teeth change colors.
There are a number of reasons that bleaching is contraindicated. Crowns, veneers and ceramic restorations will not change in color and cost replacement can be significant. Our office does not recommend bleaching during pregnancy though there is no scientific evidence to the contrary. Individuals with significant gingival recession are not good candidates for bleaching because root surface does not usually change colors. Patients with tooth sensitivity can be treated by the use of an over the counter “ sensitivity” type toothpaste, either wearing the paste for a short period of time in the custom trays ar by brushing with the toothpaste.
Our office uses custom fabricated trays and has the patient wear them for a minimum of four hours a day. Individuals who do not suffer from tempromandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), night time wear works faster. We use only ADA approved products, usually a 10% carbamide peroxide gel. Most people achieve the bleaching results they desire within 2 to 6 weeks by wearing the trays 4 hours a day.
Once the level of bleaching has been achieved, bleaching is stopped. Very little relapse in color value has been seen over a period of 7 to 10 years. As long as the patient keeps the custom trays, touch-up bleaching is always possible for a minimal charge for addition bleach.
Dr. Harney and his office staff are well trained in the use of dental bleaching products and are readily available to answer your questions regarding this important component in the improvement of your smile.
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