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San Diego Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

How to Whiten Teeth?

Read below to find out the different teeth whitening options!

Our teeth can stain throughout a lifetime through a variety of factors including but not limited to dark colored beverages, coffee, red wine, tea & a lack of quality oral hygiene. This staining can affect the brightness in our smile. However, dental whitening gives us the option to lighten our teeth. According to the American dental Association, “The tooth whitening market has evolved into four categories: professionally applied (in the dental office); dentist-prescribed/dispensed (patient home-use); consumer- purchased/over-the-counter (OTC) (applied by patients); and other non-dental options” These majority of these whitening options contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient. Below we will detail the differences between some of the most popular products.

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Teeth Whitening Options

Whitening Toothpaste-

Currently, the market has a variety of whitening toothpaste. The ADA (American Dental Association) puts its seal on those that have been tested in the market. According to the ADA, “Whitening toothpastes (dentifrices) in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program contain polishing or chemical agents that are designed to improve tooth appearance by removing surface stains. They do this through gentle polishing, chemical chelation, or some other non-bleaching actions. Several whitening toothpastes that are available OTC have received the ADA Seal of Acceptance.” However, some whitening toothpastes sometimes cause severe temperature sensitivity to their teeth.

Professionally Applied Bleaching Products – 

Our office applies higher percentage bleaching with cases that need a brighter change. The ADA has simplified this procedure in the following statement, “These products use hydrogen peroxide in concentrations ranging from 25 percent to 40 percent and are sometimes used together with a light or laser, which the companies state accelerate or activate the whitening process. However, most studies have reported no additional long-term benefit with light-activated systems. Prior to application of professional products, gum tissues are protected either by isolation with a rubber dam or application of a gel. Whereas home-use products are intended for use over a two-to-four week period, the in-office professional procedure is usually completed in about one hour.” Thus, professional applied bleaching provides a much larger change in brightness in a short amount of time. However, due to the percentage utilized, it can cause sensitivity. Thus, we typically recommend using toothpaste that controls sensitivity such as Sensodyne 1-2 weeks prior to this type of bleaching.

Dentist Dispensed Products 

Our office also gives an at home option for a more controlled whitening application. Our at home whitening comes with 10%, 15%, & 20% options depending on the whitening expectations. We take an impression in order to make a custom made tray that can be filled at the end of the day. According to the ADA, “Dentist-dispensed and OTC home-use tooth whitening bleaches are eligible for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. The products in this category that currently bear the ADA Seal contain 10 percent carbamide peroxide; however, participation in the program is not limited to products of this concentration or type of bleach.” This whitening allows us to control some of the sensitivity associated with whitening. Those that have higher sensitivity will start with a 10% bleaching solution.

Please refer to this link for the full article on bleaching: American Dental Association Dental Whitening

Teeth Whitening | Frequently Asked Questions

Can Implant Support my Dentures: 

Removable Partial/ Complete Dentures rely on the supporting bone/ tissue to provide for stability, support & retention. However, some individuals do not have the proper anatomical structure to allow for highly functional dentures. Implants allow dentures to lock into place and provide for a means that allow the dentures to remain stable in the mouth through chewing forces & everyday forces that can allow for dislocation.

How much do dental implants cost?

The fee associated with dental implants is dependent on a variety of variables including but not limited to: # of appointments, # of implants, Imaging, Type of Implant Case. Unfortunately, these variables can vary the price extensively. A dental consultation will provide a better outlook on the fees necessary.

How long will it take to receive my implant supported crown? 

As mentioned above, every implant case has a variety of variable with treatment including surgical and dental considerations. Some cases last a couple of months while others may last over a year. The treatment time is dependent on the patient’s expectations, the quality of bone, the technique provided as well as the material used. The dentist and implant surgeon will work with your expectations to provide treatment that can be coordinated with your everyday life.

What are the risks of dental implants?

Any type of surgery has a certain amount or risks associated with it. Dental implants have been proven to be safe and effective. Implant surgery has revolutionized the way we replace teeth in dentistry & offers a permanent solution.

Complications from dental implant surgery may include: Sinus Problems, Nerve Damage, Implant Failure, Infection…etc. However, the dentist & implant surgeon take extensive measures to avoid these problems through extensive imaging and analysis of the jawbone in the associated implant site. The surgeon will go over each risk before implant placement.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

  1. Protect healthy bone structure. Spaces between teeth lead to a variety of problems throughout an individuals lifetime. Teeth follow the path of least resistance; thus, adjacent & opposing teeth slowly drift into the space allotted over time. This will lead to misaligned teeth that may affect the way ones teeth come together over time. In addition, jawbone can deteriorate if not stimulated throughout one’s lifetime. The dental implant provides a stress ot the bone which can counteract bone deterioration over time.
  2. Speech. Spacing between teeth can also affect the way one speaks. Ur natural teeth serve as areas for our tongue to rest on when making certain noises or enunciating certain letters. Thus, replacing the space with an implant can allow some individuals to regain proper speech.
  3. Chewing. Those that are missing their back teeth likely have problems masticating on certain foods. Our back teeth help us chew food into smaller particles that we can swallow and digest. The front teeth allow us to incise certain food particles. Thus replacing these teeth can restore some of the function that was lost from losing that particular tooth.
  4. Permanent. Dentures are truly a remarkable advent in dentistry. However, sometimes dentures can be problematic if the anatomical support isn’t there to keep the denture in place throughout the day. If dentures aren’t providing the functional medium needed, consider implants as a way to hold the denture in place in the future.