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Smoking, eating, or drinking darkly colored foods dull your teeth, leaving behind unattractive stains. Teeth whitening, one of the many services and treatments provided by your Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. Kathleen Geipe, brightens your smile in just about an hour.
Whitening targets the source of stains
When you sip a cup of coffee or enjoy an ice pop on a hot day, dark or bright pigments in those foods seep into microscopic openings in your tooth enamel. While brushing after meals can help you reduce staining, it won't prevent pigments from drifting into the tiny pores. Eventually, the pigments will make your teeth look dull and stained.
Teeth whitening eliminates stains by breaking apart and removing the pigments that dull your smile. Professional-strength hydrogen peroxide whitening gel used by dentists offers a more effective way to whiten teeth than using over-the-counter products.
You'll only spend about an hour at the Salisbury dental office yet will see a noticeable improvement in your smile. On average, whitening lightens teeth by three to eight shades.
At-home whitening kits are also available. You can use the kits to whiten at home or touch up your professional whitening kits. Your dentist will provide you with trays and whitening gel, which you'll use for a few weeks.
What you can expect during your whitening appointment
If your teeth haven't been cleaned recently, a dental cleaning will be the first step in the whitening process. Cleaning removes plaque and tartar, two substances that not only cause tooth decay and gum disease but also interfere with a whitening treatment. Hydrogen peroxide can't penetrate plaque and tartar. If the substances remain on your teeth, your smile may look mottled.
Your Salisbury dentist will also take two precautions to ensure your comfort during whitening. First, she'll spread a protective gel over your gums and roots, then she'll place plastic retractors in your mouth. The retractors prevent your lips and cheeks from coming in contact with the whitening gel.
The whitener is applied with a small brush that makes it easy to spread the gel evenly. After the gel is removed at the end of your session, you'll see a remarkable improvement in your smile.
Renew your smile with teeth whitening! Call your dentist in Salisbury, MD, Dr. Kathleen Geipe, at (410) 543-0599 to schedule your appointment.
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.”
What does it take to win a gold medal in figure skating at the Winter Olympics? Years and years of practice…a great routine…and a fantastic smile. When Tara Lipinski won the women’s figure skating competition at the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan, she became the youngest gold medalist in an individual event in Winter Olympics history—and the whole world saw her winning smile.
“I love to smile, and I think it’s important—especially when you’re on-air,” she recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “I am that person who’s always smiling.”
Tara’s still skating, but these days you’re more likely to see her smile on TV: as a commentator for the 2018 Winter Olympics, for example. And like many other athletes and celebrities in the public eye—and countless regular folks too—Tara felt that, at a certain point, her smile needed a little brightening to look its best.
“A few years ago, I decided to have teeth whitening. I just thought, why not have a brighter smile? I went in-office and it was totally easy,” she said.
In-office teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. In just one visit, it’s possible to lighten teeth by up to ten shades, for a difference you can see right away. Here in our office, we can safely apply concentrated bleaching solutions for quick results. These solutions aren’t appropriate for home use. Before your teeth are whitened, we will perform a complete examination to make sure underlying dental problems aren’t dimming your smile.
It’s also possible to do teeth whitening at home—it just takes a bit longer. We can provide custom-made trays that fit over your teeth, and give you whitening solutions that are safe to use at home. The difference is that the same amount of whitening may take weeks instead of hours, but the results should also make you smile. Some people start with treatments in the dental office for a dramatic improvement, and then move to take-home trays to keep their smiles looking bright.
That’s exactly what Tara did after her in-office treatments. She said the at-home kits are “a good way to—every couple of months—get a little bit of a whiter smile.”
So if your smile isn’t as bright as you’d like, contact our office or schedule a consultation to find out more about teeth whitening. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”
A whiter smile can be yours even if you delve into your coffee cup every once in a while.
Nothing is better than that morning cup o’ Joe, right? Of course, your smile may not feel quite the same way about your morning routine; fortunately, our Salisbury, MD, dentist Dr. Kathleen Geipe has a simple and effective way to remove those stubborn and unsightly dental stains caused by foods and drinks: teeth whitening.
The good news is that most people can benefit from professional teeth whitening if they are looking to brighten their smiles. Before you get whitening treatment our Salisbury, MD, general dentist will need to check the health of your smile to make sure that the stains you have can be treated with teeth whitening and that teeth are healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry.
Once we determine that you are an ideal candidate for teeth whitening there are two proper ways to get your teeth significantly whiter: in-office whitening and at-home whitening. The option you choose is a personal one and will depend on what you are looking to achieve through teeth whitening.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
If you want to get a smile that’s several shades whiter in just an hour then professional whitening is the only way to go about it. Yes, you will spend a little more than you would for at-home whitening but the results are well worth it. Whether you have an important job interview or your wedding is coming up, if you are looking for fast results then this is your best option. You’ll walk out of our office with teeth multiple shades whiter.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
If you are looking to get a whiter smile but you’re on a budget this doesn’t mean that you can’t get professional teeth whitening. Just take our whitening system home! The whitening gel that’s used is professional grade and much stronger than anything you’ll get in your drugstore whitening kits. Instead of sitting in our dentist’s chair you can whiten from the convenience of your own home. With continued daily use, you could get your smile several shades in a couple of weeks.
If you are ready to find out how teeth whitening can improve your smile’s radiance then it’s time you called our Salisbury, MD, dental office today and scheduled your no-risk consultation with Dr. Geipe. Let’s find out if whitening treatment is the best option for you.
You’ve been embarrassed for a while now by your yellowed, dull teeth. You’re ready for a change.
There’s a simple and cost-effective way to make that change: you can temporarily brighten your smile with teeth whitening, possibly at home. But before you try it, you should first have a dental examination to find out if whitening is the right choice for you.
First off, healthy teeth with outer enamel staining are the best candidates for whitening. Teeth and gums with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease should be treated first before undergoing whitening. A dental exam will uncover any health issues you may have with your mouth.
In the same vein, you’ll want to consider whitening carefully if you have dental work like veneers, crowns or implants. Unlike natural teeth, these non-biological materials won’t be affected by the bleaching agent. We can discuss any potential for color mismatch between your whitened natural teeth and your dental work during your examination.
A dental exam can also uncover one other crucial fact — what kind of tooth staining you have. There are two basic types: extrinsic, staining on the outside enamel as we’ve mentioned earlier; and intrinsic, staining that originates from inside a tooth. The whitening kits you purchase from a store and even some of the whitening techniques we use in the office only diminish extrinsic, not intrinsic staining. To address an intrinsically-stained tooth requires a much more involved, invasive clinical technique only performed by dental professionals.
Finally, a dental examination is a good discussion forum for helping you decide between a home kit and a clinical procedure. While DIY kits are effective for the most part, you won’t be able to precisely control the degree of brightness like we can. This could be important if you want a specific shade of whiteness, from a more subtle and natural shade to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. Shade control could also help minimize color mismatch with dental work.
In the end, we want to help you make the best choice for teeth whitening. Even if you decide to pursue whitening at home, we can offer you valuable advice on what to look for when you buy a kit and how to use it. That alone could help ensure you get the new, bright smile you desire!
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 “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!”