Category Archives: Cosmetic Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening- Part 1

William Rounseville Alger (1822-1905) once said “Even pearls are dark before the whiteness of his teeth.” Sure that must be some white teeth there. The history of dental care goes way back in history, it was recently reported in a reputed newspaper, that our ancestors around 3000B.C used something known as “chew sticks” to maintain dental health and whiten their teeth. However, we have come a long way in dental care since the age of our ancestors. Today in 21st century, you can find endless number of advertisement regarding teeth whitening. Every product claiming to be better than the other, and every product giving an excuse of saving a trip to your friendly neighborhood dentist. 

Now the question arises, how important are your teeth to you ? Its a vital part of our body and an important part of your persona, makes you look more attractive. Everyone wants white and healthy looking teeth and for that they need to be cared for… by professionals. Imagine, one day there will be a product that would treat your heart ailments without necessitating a visit to your doctor, would you take that gamble? 

Having said that, let me give you an insight about teeth whitening. Teeth Whitening done right does not harm the teeth or gums. The key to that it has to done in a professional manner to be effective and safe. You will be surprised to learn how affordable a professional teeth whitening can be at your neighborhood Queen Anne Dental.

The ingredient we use to whiten teeth breaks down the  stains on the surface of the teeth and makes the color of teeth lighter. Whitening ingredient does not affect or lighten the color of the fillings, crowns etc. There are different strength and different type of ingredient which can be use for teeth whitening. With our state of the art technology at Queen Anne Dental, we can even whiten severely stained teeth. The key to it is using the correct technique and ingredient. 

The most common side effect of whitening is teeth sensitivity and irritation of the gums , which most of the time is temporary and subsides in few days after stopping the whitening treatment. In my next blog post I will go over various option and techniques for teeth whitening, so stay tune for more…

Teeth Whitening-Part 2

Welcome back friends, this would be an eagerly awaited continuation of my previous blog on teeth whitening. Today, I will shed some light in the various techniques used in this process…

Let’s start with the basics, as many of you would already know, for any whitening system to be effective, apart from your dentist’s expertise, it needs time, strength of the solutions and intimate contact with the teeth surface. It works with simple logic, a higher strength solution would take less time to whiten the teeth but in process, can cause increase in teeth sensitivity, gum irritation etc. and a lower strength solution would need more time to act but are gentler to your teeth and gums. Solution contact with the teeth is very important, and all the effort is made that it does not get diluted with saliva or potentially irritates your gum. 

Now the question arises, why not use numerous over the counter teeth whitening system available in the stores and avoid a visit to you friendly neighborhood dentist. They do advertise a lot, it must be good, right ? …

Regarding over the counter products, there are hundreds of over the counter products that we can find these days such as strips, trays, gel, pens etc. How do we decide which ones are good and which ones to avoid? Remember the two important things while choosing a solution – strength of the solution and the intimate contact with the teeth. In addition, make sure that the solution is fresh, does not leak, become diluted by saliva or cause any sensitivity or gum irritation. 

Over the counter products are mass produced, they are not custom made for you. Your teeth alignment would be very different from your best friend and this requires your dentist to give you an effective whitening treatment, just designed for your teeth, that lasts longer,  without causing any discomfort of gum irritation or giving you extra sensitive teeth. It’s an art to use a product that best fits your need and in the right concentration to give you THAT lasting smile which you had always longed for…

Shopping malls- we have all seen the teeth whitening booth at shopping malls. The offer quick whitening options and we wonder how they work. What does they do is shine very bright light for some time it causes teeth to dehydrate temporarily. When teeth are dehydrate they became  lighter in color and we see the instant results. But teeth rehydrate after few hours and the color goes back to the original. They also uses a chemical which you get at store but the actual contact time with teeth is short so not very effective.

Now let me give you a little insight about the teeth whitening process, as done by a professional… 

First, there is take home whitening trays- This is consider to be the gold standard in teeth whitening. In this a very well fitted custom whitening tray is fabricated by your dentist according to the shape and alignment of your teeth. The dentist provides you  with the whitening solution which you can put in tray and apply on your teeth. The good thing is that you can control the time which you want to wear the tray and the result you want. Remember longer you will wear the tray whiter your teeth will get. So be careful what you wish for.. 🙂

Second, is at office teeth whitening- done by your dentist at the office under close supervision where in a high strength gel is carefully applied to the teeth, it is most useful for people who feels the application too cumbersome with take home tray or those who need instant result for that special occasion in life. 

Lastly, there is a method that is the combination of the two, especially for those whose teeth are severely stained and discolored… and yes.. we do take care of those teeth as well.. This method does provide a long lasting result. 

Well guess the above information should be good for you all. If you have more questions, and we at Queen Anne Dental understand that, and are here to help you in every way possible. Please feel free to give us a call to clarify your doubts or schedule an appointment with us. We will make sure that its a comfortable experience for you.. 

Till next time.. Adios….