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Say Goodbye to Your Dental Stains

By Robert J Carpenter DDS
January 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Does your smile look as young as you feel? If you're like most people, your smile is darker and duller than it used to be. Discouraged? teeth whiteningDon't be. You can say goodbye to dental stains with safe and effective teeth bleaching. Supervised by Dr. R.J. Carpenter, professional teeth whitening removes years of accumulated stains, leaving adults and older teens with brilliantly white smiles.

How teeth become stained

Just like the concrete in your driveway, your teeth can pick up stains. How can something so hard become discolored? Well, the same way water goes through fabric, so, too, do staining materials, such as coffee and blueberries, penetrate the calcified network we call tooth enamel.

Factors which contribute to dingy, yellow enamel are:

  • Darkly-colored dietary choices such as black tea, soy sauce and colas
  • Acidic foods such as citrus fruits and tomato sauce
  • Smokeless tobacco and cigarette smoke
  • Infrequent brushing, flossing and professional dental cleanings
  • Age
  • Medications such as anti-hypertensives
  • Oral trauma

How teeth bleaching works

Your dentist will examine your smile to determine if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for teeth bleaching in Sun Prairie.

Professional processes use a highly concentrated form of hydrogen peroxide to oxidize stains out of tooth surfaces. Applied as a gel, these powerful chemicals leave teeth up to eight shades lighter in just one visit to Dr. Carpenter's office.

For the in-office procedure, Dr. Carpenter installs a liquid rubber dam to protect the gums and lips so there's no resulting irritation or sensitivity. Then, he applies the gel to the teeth and allows it to penetrate. Finally, when he rinses off the gel, teeth are dramatically whiter, and the whole treatment takes just about an hour.

With the at-home version, the patient wears special whitening trays which are custom-made to fit his or her teeth. Each day, the individual fills the trays with a less concentrated bleaching gel and wears them as Dr. Carpenter instructs. After one to two weeks, results similar to in-office whitening are achieved.

Caring for your smile

After you whiten your teeth, you should maintain that dazzling look by:

  • Avoiding tobacco
  • Limiting your intake of coffee, tea, curry and other staining foods
  • Staying hydrated to wash tooth surfaces clean and stimulate saliva production
  • Brushing twice a day and flossing daily
  • Getting professional cleanings with Dr. Carpenter twice a year
  • Getting whitening touch-ups as needed

As the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says, your smile is an important personal asset. Protect it with easy, effective and affordable teeth bleaching. For a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Carpenter on whitening and other cosmetic treatments, call his office at (608) 837-5527.

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