Dr. Laurie Bloch - Exceptional Dentistry in Las Vegas, NV

 
 

Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentist specializing inSmile Makeovers

 

Teeth Whitening Questions

What causes tooth discoloration?

Many things can cause tooth discoloration. Consuming beverages such as coffee, black tea, soda, and red wine commonly cause discoloration. Using tobacco products, aging, and antibiotics like tetracycline also cause stains on the enamel of your teeth.

Why should I whiten my teeth?

Most people, given the option, would prefer a brighter smile. Due to this, tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Professional teeth whitening with Dr. Laurie's help can remove stains and discoloration of the enamel in a safe and effective way. This can also be done in one visit to Las Vegas Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Laurie. Also, when your teeth are whiter, you will be able to smile with confidence, and your smile will show improvement overall.

How is professional tooth whitening better than over the counter remedies?

Opalescence tooth whitening is faster and more effective than over the counter remedies, even if you have used these products for a year or more. Trays supplied with over the counter tooth whitening agents fit poorly on your teeth and the gel does not contact your teeth the way it should. This can cause your teeth to become whitened unevenly making discoloration more noticeable.

What about whitening toothpastes?

Whitening toothpastes are sometimes more abrasive than normal toothpaste, which leads to increased erosion of the enamel. This not only leads to more cavities, broken and cracked teeth, increased sensitivity to temperature, but ironically allows stains to penetrate your teeth more than they otherwise would. Professional whitening is a much more effective and safer way to whiten your teeth.

Are there any side effects?

Contact between the whitening gel and gum tissue is not advised, but professional teeth whitening is a very safe procedure. The most common side effect is short-term sensitivity to hot or cold foods. During the procedure itself, you may feel a slight tingle that is uncomfortable for some people.

How long will tooth whitening last?

This depends on your lifestyle and oral hygiene habits. Coffee drinkers and smokers have results that don't last as long as those who don't partake of these choices. With proper care such as brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental checkups, your teeth should remain white for years to come.

If you are in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, and are interested in tooth whitening, please contact Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Laurie at Exceptional Dentistry for an initial teeth whitening consultation.

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