March 1, 2017
When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry polled people on what they’d most like to change about their smile, they responded most frequently that they’d like to have whiter teeth. And, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, 90 percent of their patients request tooth whitening.
People know how important a good smile is. It’s the first thing people notice when they meet you. A great smile can make you a more confident person, which can affect all areas of your life, from dating to your career.
Rest assured, at the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, in Belleville, IL, we know how important a bright, white smile is to you and we know how to help you get it. Come in for a consultation at our Belleville, IL, office and we can show you exactly what’s possible.
Teeth whitening is the least invasive procedure you can have one for a whiter, brighter smile. Here are some questions you may be wondering about prior to your visit:
Why Did Your Teeth Change Color?
Teeth can lose color over time for a variety of reasons.
What You Consume–Chromogens are intense color pigments that can attach to the enamel of your teeth. Coffee, red wine, and tea all contain these pigments.
Your Age–Underneath the enamel of your teeth is a softer area called dentin. The dentin is yellowish in color and over time, when your enamel layer starts to thin out, more of the dentin shows through.
Your Tobacco Use–Tar and nicotine are two of the main chemicals in tobacco. Tar is dark naturally but nicotine is colorless until it mixes with oxygen. Together they can put stubborn stains on your teeth.
Medications You’re Taking–If you had to take antibiotics like doxycycline or tetracycline when you were young and your teeth were just forming, it might have caused discoloration of your teeth later in life. Other medications that can darken your teeth include antihistamines, antipsychotics, and those given to you for blood pressure maintenance. Chemotherapy and head radiation can also darken teeth.
Trauma To Your Teeth–If you’ve experienced an injury to your mouth, it might cause your tooth or teeth to change color. That’s because a tooth reacts to trauma by laying down more dentin, the darker layer we mentioned earlier.
Will Whitening Work On Your Teeth?
Whether your teeth are good candidates for whitening can be determined at your consultation with Dr. Feder.
A couple of factors could affect the ultimate success of the whitening, such as the current shade of your teeth. Yellow teeth tend to bleach well, while those with gray tones might not do as well.
Also, whitening won’t work on dental work like veneers, crowns, or fillings.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
The whitening gel you will use contains a peroxide which breaks down stains into smaller pieces, making the dull color less concentrated and your teeth whiter.
What Whitening Choices Do I Have?
At the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, we can help you get (or rediscover) perfectly white teeth by using our preferred method: take-home teeth whitening.
In-office whitening procedures can sometimes be less gentle than take-home whitening. It’s easier on your teeth and gums and decreases the chance of tooth sensitivity.
Take-home whitening procedures might take a little longer than in-office methods (those can be done in just one sitting). The advantage is that with take-home products, you can whiten gradually until you reach the level of whiteness you desire. We think this is one reason it’s a good choice.
How Will The Process Work?
When you come into our office, we’ll take an impression of your teeth. We’ll use that impression to make a custom-fit liner. Since they’re custom-fit, they’re more secure and don’t slip around like those you find in store-bought kits.
You’ll take your custom-fit liners home along with some professional-strength, peroxide-containing whitening gel. You simply wear the trays for an hour a day for a few weeks. You’ll soon see your teeth turn a beautiful white.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Some people experience a little tooth sensitivity due to the whitener, but that is usually temporary. You can always hold off for a day and then try again.
When Can I Get An Appointment?
Schedule an appointment by calling our Belleville, IL office at 618-219-1412 today. You can also use our convenient online form to send us a message. We’ll be happy to find a day and time that work with your schedule and get you on your way to that high-wattage smile!