What does your dream smile look like? Is it bright, white teeth? If stains darken your teeth, investigate professional whitening from Stiles Family Dentistry. An effective and safe way to lighten your smile, whitening from your Salem, NH, dentists, Dr. Papapetros, Dr. Giraldo, and Dr. Masterson, can give you the look you want.
Don't hide it any more
Over time, dark foods and beverages, tobacco and some prescription medications stain tooth enamel. Add poor oral hygiene habits, and you have the recipe for a smile you're too embarrassed to show.
Whitening toothpastes and rinses help a bit, but some retail products cause gum and teeth sensitivity. Who wants to deal with that?
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry maintains that professional whitening services provide the best, and most economical, path to a beautiful smile. In fact, whitening is the most requested cosmetic dental service in the United States. Your Salem, NH dentists happily offer it to patients with healthy teeth and gums. Sometimes, it's a stand alone services, and for other people, whitening finishes off a larger smile makeover.
How whitening works
First, your dentist examines your teeth and gums to rule out any health problems. He may clean your teeth, too. Then, you choose in-office or at-home whitening. Both implement strong hydrogen peroxide gel, but one is applied by your dentist and the other you apply with custom-made acrylic trays.
With the in-office version, the dentist installs a protective dam to keep the gel from contacting your lips and cheeks. He allows the gel to seep into your tooth structure and then rinses it off. The whole process takes about an hour.
At home, you fill your trays daily and wear them as directed by your dentist. Whitening is complete in about a week.
Finally, you'll be amazed with the results. Tooth color usually improves by eight shades and stays bright for up to five years when you:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss daily
- Get six-months cleanings and check-ups at Stiles Family Dentistry
- Limit staining foods (beets, balsamic vinegar, curry, blackberries) or beverages (you could start drinking your coffee with a straw)
- Drink eight glasses of water a day to keep saliva flowing and to rinse your teeth and gums
- Abstain from all tobacco products
- Get whitening touch-ups as needed
Love your smile
Teeth whitening will help you do just that. Learn more at your next check-up at Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH. Need an appointment? Call us today at (603) 893-4538!