Rochedale Dental Group

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Get a Brand New Smile with Whiter Teeth

As people age their teeth become stained and yellowed, usually as a result of food and drink and sometimes through the effects of antibiotics taken in childhood. In older people yellowing occurs through the natural thinning of the enamel, the outer layer of the tooth. Typical foods and beverages that are the main culprits are coffee, tea, sugar, red wine, colas, tobacco, fruits that stain like mulberries and blueberries and other foods.

Tooth whitening has become very popular and produces a very attractive effect when people smile and reveal clean, white teeth. Before taking that step however, it is wise to find out just what is involved in going through a tooth whitening process. It should first be understood that not every person has teeth that should be artificially whitened. There are a number of checks that need to be undertaken first, and only a dentist is able to ascertain who is a suitable candidate for tooth whitening.

What Happens During a Tooth Whitening Treatment?

There are two methods that dentists recommend. One is performed at the dental surgery, and the other is a home treatment undertaken under the supervision of a dentist. These are not the same as treatments that are purchased on-line or over the counter at a retail outlet.

In an “in-chair” procedure the dentist will place a barrier along the gum line to protect it from the whitening solution. The front surface of the teeth will then be coated with the whitening solution. A curing light or laser is applied to activate the solution which is then left on the teeth for a specified period of time. Some dentists perform this procedure in one two hour session.

A home tooth whitening treatment is also offer by some dentists. A custom fitted tray is designed to suit the patient’s mouth which they take home with them, along with the whitening solution. This mild bleaching gel in the custom-fitted tray is worn over the teeth at home. It can be used overnight while the patient sleeps or for up to an hour a day. Different solutions are used depending on which system the patient prefers. Under the supervision of a dentist, this technique is safe for teeth and gums.

Stating a definitive price for teeth whitening is difficult because of the range of variables involved. Some dentists have a standard rate while other dentists are advertising on-line with discounted price lists. An in-home whitening treatment under dentist supervision averages between $500 and $600 while an “in-chair” procedure costs around $1,000. Like any other purchase, it is the consumers’ prerogative to shop around.