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Are you satisfied with your smile? If you have healthy teeth with no structural problems, that's great! But what about the appearance of your teeth? If your teeth are discolored or stained due to aging, injury, antibiotics, heredity, smoking, or staining foods and beverages, there is an easy, affordable solution - teeth whitening. At your Grand Rapids dentist, Jonathan Eagle DDS, you can opt for the professional whitening that will leave your dulled smile gleaming again! But you've likely also seen products at your local drug store that claim to whiten teeth just as well. So what's the real difference between over-the-counter and professional whitening?
What are the pluses and minuses of over the counter whitening products?
There are many tooth whitening products are out on the market today. Quality gels, toothpastes, trays and rinses will carry a Seal of Approval from the American Dental Association (ADA). Usually, their active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide, and when used according to the manufacturer's directions, they can whiten teeth a few shades. These products may require use one or 2 times a day for several days, and results can last for some months. On the downside, over the counter products may cause gum and tooth sensitivity if not correctly applied. In general, they cost less than in-office whitening, but they are not as effective as products applied by dentists.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of in-office whitening?
It is best to have your dentist examine your teeth and gums to see if whitening is right for you. Dr. Eagle can tell if your tooth enamel is strong enough and gums healthy enough for whitening, and how well the procedure will work. The trays that are used to apply the peroxide-based whitening product are custom-fitted by the dentist, and results are usually quicker, brighter and longer-lasting than store-bought products. The dentist may do some of the whitening in the office with the patient finishing up at home. A follow-up visit checks on how well the product worked, and also looks for any problems such as tooth and gum sensitivity. Professional procedures can improve the color of tooth enamel dramatically, and the results last for several years, especially when the patient and dentist touch-up the work. These procedures cost somewhat more than over the counter whitening.
Regardless of whether whitening is done by a dentist or at home, some individuals should not whiten their teeth. These patients have:
- periodontal (gum) disease
- extensive decay
- are pregnant
- are children or adolescents
- have many restorations such as crowns or bridgework
- are allergic to the ingredients in the whitening applications
- have sensitive teeth
Tooth Whitening in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dr. Eagle offers many innovative dental services to improve your smile and keep it healthy, too. He can answer your questions about tooth whitening and other cosmetic dental procedures and evaluate what may be right for your teeth. Call his friendly staff today for an appointment: 616-361-9330.
The Treatment: Getting Your Veneers in Grand Rapids
- Natural wear and tear – As you grow older, your teeth will naturally wear down just like your shoes as you wear them.
- Crooked Teeth – Your teeth can naturally be crooked or can become crooked over time with age. Crooked teeth can be treated using braces or Invisalign, but with veneers you can get an instant straighter smile.
- Accidental damage – A common problem is that you can chip or damage your teeth due to trauma involved in sports.
- Damaged teeth – Your teeth can naturally fade and look discolored or stained with age or as a result of certain medications.
- Restores a tooth to look, feel and fit like natural teeth. With dental implants in Grand Rapids, you can enjoy strong and durable restorations that look, feel, fit, and function like your natural teeth.
- Long-term solutions. When teeth are missing, traditional dental bridges only last five to seven years—possibly 10 years with proper care. However, at some point they may need to be replaced, but with dental implants, you can maintain a smile restoration that lasts a lifetime.
- Retain your natural face shape and smile. When teeth are missing, your face can begin to sag and you may appear sunken and sad. With dental implants you can maintain the natural shape of your face and smile.
- Protect healthy bone. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, including the loss and deterioration of some of your jawbone. When your jawbone is not being used to support a natural tooth, it can deteriorate, which causes it to lose its strength and firmness. Dental implants are the only dental restoration that helps to preserve and stimulate natural bone.
- Speak with ease. Adjusting removable dentures can mean struggling to pronounce everyday words. With dental implants you don’t have to worry about speech problems because implants function just like your natural teeth.