FAST TEETH WHITENING NEAR YOU
At Hawley Lane Dental, we understand the importance of a dazzling smile, which is why we offer a full spectrum of teeth whitening solutions to Stratford, Trumbull and Bridgeport patients. Our commitment to beautiful smiles has earned us an excellent reputation as one of the leading dentists in Stratford, CT. If you’re wondering “where can I get professional teeth whitening near me?” you’ve come to the right place! With Hawley Lane Dental, you’ll always have a teeth whitening specialist nearby and a reasonable price as well.
White teeth are traditionally seen as a sign of good health and youth. When your smile is bright and white you feel more confident and smile more often. Teeth that are yellowed or discolored may make you feel self-conscious and others may perceive you as older than you actually are. Fortunately, there are a number of products and procedures offered near you to give you a beautiful bright smile, no matter your budget.
WHAT CAUSES STAINED & YELLOW TEETH?
There are two types of staining that occurs in teeth: intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic stains come from within the tooth and typically do not respond when traditional whiteners are applied to the teeth. These are caused by things such as age or trauma. Extrinsic stains come from something outside of the tooth and are usually easily removed with whitening processes. These are caused by things such as coffee, wine or other food and drinks, tartar, and more. Some sources of stains like medications can be either intrinsic or extrinsic.
There are a number of items that can stain your teeth. The most common sources are:
- Tobacco – smoking and smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, and marijuana all contain ingredients that can stain teeth.
- Foods – wine, coffee and tea, greens, and soda, are the most common staining foods that people consume. However, anything that can stain your shirt can contribute to staining your teeth.
- Age – Teeth may yellow or darken as we age. This may come from the buildup of food and drink over time, wearing of the teeth, and thinning of the enamel.
- Trauma – Teeth that have been subjected to trauma from sports, an accident, cracking or clenching, etc., may change color. These “dead teeth” can darken quickly or it may take several years to notice a difference.
- Medications – liquid iron supplements and B-vitamins, as well as other over-the-counter supplements, may lead to staining of the teeth. Certain antibiotics (especially tetracycline) given at a young age or even to a pregnant or nursing mother may lead to stained teeth.
- Enamel Defects – when enamel has been damaged from lack of calcium or an extreme excess of fluoride supplements it can appear as white or brown stains.
- Plaque – bacterial by-products found within plaque and tartar can stain teeth. If plaque or tartar is left on the teeth for longer periods of time, it can create “decalcifications” that show up as white spots. Plaque can also absorb stains from food and drink or tobacco.
HOW TO GET BRIGHTER, WHITER TEETH
Depending on your type of staining, the severity of the stain, and your budget, there is a whitening product or procedure that is right for you:
- Products – there are many types of mouthwash, toothbrushes, and toothpaste marketed to whiten your teeth. While promising to deliver dramatic results, many fall short of expectations. They cost less than other whitening options and are fairly inexpensive however and can prevent stains from building up too quickly. Because of this, they may have a place in your whitening routine. A word of caution: the whitening action comes from “polishing” agents that can be abrasive. If your teeth or gums become sensitive, you should discontinue your use of the product(s).
- Over-the-counter whitening – strips, lights, trays, and pens are just a few ways whitening agents can be used at home. These products usually contain a weaker version of professional-strength whiteners hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Both are commonly used in dental whitening products. There is a limit to what strength can be sold by a non-dentist. These are cheaper than going to get professional whitening done and many people find they get satisfactory results with these products. If used incorrectly, however, they may lead to tooth sensitivity or damage of teeth and gums.
- Professional whitening – Whitening gel can be used at its highest concentration when delivered by a trained professional such as a dental hygienist or a dentist in the form of customized take-home trays to be used with a strong gel. The trays may be worn daily for a prescribed period of time to gradually whiten the teeth. In-office whitening saves time for those looking for a quicker result than with the take-home trays. The gel is applied directly to the teeth, taking care to protect sensitive tissues such as lips and gums. Results can usually be seen after just one session. The gel can be activated through a light or chemically mixed and activated before being applied to the teeth. The advantage of professional whitening is that we can customize and tailor a regimen that works for your individual needs and expectations. Starting at a cost of $75 this is a great option at a price that isn’t too steep.
- Internal Bleaching – darkened teeth that have intrinsic staining and have received a root canal may be whitened from the inside. The gel is placed inside the tooth and the color is checked every day to every few days until it is the desired color. Internal bleaching may not be done on “live” teeth that have not had root canals.
IS TEETH WHITENING FOR ME?
Most people who are in good dental health are candidates to whiten their teeth. There are times where whitening should be avoided:
- Cavities – if you have cavities that need to be filled, whitening your teeth may lead to pain or sensitivity.
- Recession – areas where gums are receded appear darker and more stained. These areas are sensitive and shouldn’t be bleached.
- Gum Disease – if you have active gum disease, whitening may not work for you. It may lead to an increase in sensitivity or pain. Whitening products cannot penetrate through plaque or tartar so right after a cleaning is the best time to whiten your teeth!
- Restorations – dental caps, veneers, or fillings will not change color with whitening products.
- Sensitivity – generally, if you have very sensitive teeth, you may not want to whiten your teeth.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I WHITEN MY TEETH?
The most common side-effect when whitening your teeth is sensitivity. After a treatment, you may find extremely hot or cold foods trigger “zings” in your teeth. These “zings” may also be felt during the whitening procedure itself. The good news is that this sensitivity is usually fleeting and should return to normal within a few days.
Some whitening products, if used incorrectly, can lead to an irritation of your tissue. Your gums, lips, cheeks, or tongue may be irritated or “burned” if they come into contact with the bleach. This is especially true with very high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide. If you use an at-home product, be sure to follow directions exactly as they are written so as to minimize the chance of sensitivity or irritation.
Our individuality makes us unique! Eye color, skin color, and hair color are just a few traits that come in all shades and colors. Tooth color is no exception. It also varies from person to person.
Teeth have “undertones” similar to the familiar “warm and cool undertones” we see in skin:
- A undertones – red-brown
- B undertones – yellow
- C undertones – gray
- D undertones – red-gray
These letters also have a number assigned to them to communicate how “light” or “dark” the tooth is. For example: A1 is lighter than A4. A tooth that is a very dark C4 will show more dramatic results changing to an A1 compared with someone who changes from A2 to A1.
There is no single way to determine exactly what shade your smile will end up at the end of treatment. Just as some individuals can spend a day at the beach with a very dark tan while others only tan a little bit, whitening can have the same variance!
HOW CAN I MAINTAIN MY NEW WHITE SMILE?
If your teeth have been whitened through an in-office procedure, we recommend abstaining from any colored food, drink, or product for 24 hours. Following a strong whitening agent being applied to the teeth, the teeth are dehydrated. As they rehydrate, they may re-absorb stains. Things such as coffee, spaghetti sauce, or even mouthwash should be avoided for 24 hours to ensure your teeth stay white!
In general, staining foods and drinks should be consumed in moderation. Tobacco and marijuana use should be stopped not just for keeping your teeth white but for obvious health reasons. Depending on your habits, you may find you need to touch up your smile after 6 months or over a year. Using whitening toothpastes or mouthwashes may help keep your teeth bright in between sessions. As always, maintaining great oral hygiene at home and visiting our office for regular checkups and cleanings will ensure your smile remains picture perfect!
BOOK A CONSULTATION TODAY
If you are considering teeth whitening, please feel free to contact Hawley Lane Dental for an appointment. You can call us at 203-377-9300, and our Stratford teeth whitening specialists will address any of your questions or concerns! If you are considering teeth whitening or have any questions or worries, please feel free to contact us for an appointment.
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