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By Dentistry 4 You
September 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
WhatYouShouldKnowAboutaHomeTeethWhiteningKit

A relatively easy and inexpensive way to improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. In fact, you may even be able to do it yourself at home. Although there are differences between at-home and professional whitening, the former can still be effective.

That effectiveness, though, might be dependent on how well you understand what home whitening can do and what it can’t. So before you purchase your kit, here are a few things to know about DIY teeth whitening.

Home kits are safe—when used as directed. Although nothing in life is completely risk-free, home whitening kits are relatively safe. But only if you follow the directions: If you overuse the bleaching solution beyond its intended use, you could wind up with permanent damage to your tooth enamel that can be costly to treat.

Bleaching solutions are relatively mild. Nearly all home kits use carbamide peroxide, a form of hydrogen peroxide, as their bleaching agent. Home kits usually contain no more than 10% of this agent, much lower than professional solutions. Used as directed, this amount of bleaching agent poses little to no risk to dental or general health. On the other hand, the weaker home kit solution does limit the extent of brightness you can achieve compared to stronger professional treatments.

For top results (or certain conditions), consider professional whitening. While you can obtain good results with a home whitening kit, professional whitening provides more precise brightness control and range, and may possibly last longer. That’s because your dentist has more advanced techniques and equipment, as well as stronger bleaching solutions. And, if your discoloration originates inside your teeth, a home kit won’t help—only a dentist can address that kind of discoloration.

Even if you decide to “go solo,” your dentist can still give you advice on what to look for in a home kit, as well as tips for the actual procedure. But whether you whiten at home or let your dentist do it, teeth whitening can take years off your smile and give you a more attractive look.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips: Are Bleaching Products Safe?

KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Dentistry 4 You
November 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
4ReasonsyoumaywantYourDentisttoWhitenYourTeeth

With the advent of home whitening kits, you no longer have to go to the dentist to have your teeth whitened. DIY kits are relatively safe and effective, if you follow the directions carefully.

So, you might be thinking: why have a dentist whiten my teeth? Actually, there are good reasons why you might. Here are 4 of them.

We'll make sure your teeth are healthy first. Your teeth may need some attention first, such as treatment for dental disease, before we undertake whitening. We'll also determine why your teeth are stained, which could impact how they're whitened (more about that in a moment).

Our application could take less time and last longer. Bleaching agents in home kits make up less than 10% of volume, much weaker than the applications we use. While it often takes several applications at home to achieve the desired brightness, you may only need one or two sessions with us. Our stronger solution may also extend the “fade time” — when the whitening begins to diminish — than what you may encounter with home whitening.

We can be more precise achieving the right shade. There are different shades of teeth whiteness — what looks good for someone else might not look good for you. We have the training and expertise to achieve a color that's right for you. What's more, we also have techniques and equipment like UV lighting that enables us to color match more precisely than you can with a home kit.

Your DIY kit can't alter some forms of staining. Home kits bleach only the outermost layers of tooth enamel. That won't help, though, if your discoloration originates inside the tooth. This intrinsic staining requires procedures only a dentist can perform to bleach the tooth from the inside out.

Even if you'd still like to use a home kit we'll be happy to advise you on purchasing and application. It's also a good idea to have us check the staining first to see if a home kit will work at all. In the end, we share the same desire as you do: that your teeth are as healthy as they can be and bright as you want them to be.

If you would like more information on tooth whitening options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By Dentistry 4 You
February 03, 2016
Category:
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Over the years, your teeth tend to become dull and faded, which can make you look a little older. Tooth whitening offers the perfect way to brighten your smile and turn back the clock. Suwanee, GA dentists Drs. Uday Parikh and Shetal Parikh explain how teeth whitening can benefit you.Teeth Whitening

Excellent results in a short time

Over-the-counter whitening products take days, weeks, or months to lighten your teeth. When they do work, the results often aren't very dramatic. But when you choose professional teeth whitening, your teeth will be three to eight shades lighter after a short, one-hour session. Best of all, the effects of whitening will last an average of six months to two years.

A simple process

Before your teeth are whitened, they must be cleaned thoroughly. Whiteners can't penetrate tartar--hard deposits that form on your teeth and can lead to cavities. If this step is skipped, your teeth won't be evenly white after treatment. Before the treatment begins, your Suwanee dentist will place a barrier over your roots and gums to protect them from the potentially irritating effects of the whitening agent. Once your gums are protected, a hydrogen peroxide-based gel is applied to your teeth and the process begins.

An at-home option

If you prefer to whiten or touch up your teeth at home, your Suwanee dentist can provide you with a take home teeth whitening kit. Custom trays are made from molds of both your top and bottom teeth. You'll put the provided gel in the trays and wear them for the recommended time. The at-home option takes a little longer than in-office whitening, and you may need to wear the trays for a few weeks for maximum results.

Maintaining your results

The foods that stained your teeth before will stain them again after whitening. Avoid or limit brightly colored foods or drinks, such as coffee, tea, red wine, cola, berries and popsicles. If you smoke, now is a good time to quit, as smoking can discolor your teeth.

Interested in revitalizing your smile? Call Drs. Uday Parikh and Shetal Parikh, your Suwanee, GA dentists, at (678) 971-1150 to learn how teeth whitening can help you. A brighter smile awaits you!

By Dentisty 4 You
March 05, 2015
Category:
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

The fastest and most effective way to get whiter, brighter teeth is to visit the dentist's office. Learn just how long your tooth whitening results will last after your appointment with Uday Parikh, DDS, who Suwanee patients count on for the very best teeth Teeth Whiteningwhitening.

The Tooth Whitening Process
As you age, the color of your teeth begins to change. This is due to the foods you eat, the beverages you drink and the general aging process. It can also be caused by tooth decay and damage to the enamel.

The process of whitening is straightforward and relatively quick compared to other options:

1) Dentist evaluates your smile to ensure you’re a good candidate for whitening.
2) The dentist inserts a retracting device to protect your lips and cheeks.
3) A high-powered teeth whitening gel is applied to the surface of the teeth.
4) A curing light activates the whitening effect.
5) After about an hour or two, you’ll walk out of your Suwanee dentist’s office with a noticeably brighter smile.

How Long Can It Last?
One major benefit of tooth whitening by a professional is that the effects are long-lasting. After a treatment, you can reasonably expect your teeth to be whiter for at least one or two years. If you keep up with regular checkups and at-home care, the effects could last even longer. Consider purchasing a toothpaste brand that contains a whitening agent and avoid foods that can stain your teeth. Quit smoking, drink your favorite beverages through a straw and try to remember to brush after meals.

Make Time for Bettering Your Smile
Call (678) 804-7405 to schedule a time to meet with Dr. Uday Parikh at his Suwanee office. In-office teeth whitening is a quick and simple procedure that can give you the amazing smile that you’ve always wanted.