Teeth Whitening In Franklin: Learn Which Whitening Products Are Best For You!
Everyone appreciates a bright, white smile — and today, there are a dizzying array of teeth whitening products and procedures on the market, ranging from over-the-counter products in your local drugstore or online to more sophisticated clinical procedures available only from dentists.
So how can you tell which whitening procedures would be effective for you? Whiteners (which bleach discolored teeth) may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish-hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. Likewise, bleaching may not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener will not effect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
Check out some Before and After photos of our patients that have recently whitened their teeth here.
Teeth Whitening Treatments
Our Preferred Treatment
Our office uses a whitening system that has been described as the most reliable and effective bleaching system ever developed, the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System. This system can even work on tetracycline-stained or dark teeth. We first take impressions of your teeth to create a custom tray. Over a two week period you whiten your teeth at home. There is a follow up office visit with our office and then periodic touch up. The result is beautiful, healthy and natural looking teeth. Patients who use this product have shown low to no sensitivity and the system is completely safe for teeth and gums. We intentionally chose this product for its lack of many chemicals and preservatives found in many other bleaching systems.
Other ‘Use-at-Home’ Whiteners
Alternatively, there are several other types of products you can use at home for teeth whitening. Generally, these products contain peroxide(s), which actually bleach the tooth, relying on carbamide peroxide as the bleaching agent. Peroxide-containing whiteners typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthpiece. If you obtain the bleaching solution from our office, we will make a custom-fitted mouthpiece for you that will fit your teeth precisely.
As with any medical procedure, you should speak with us if any side effects become bothersome. For example, teeth can become sensitive during the period when you are using the bleaching solution. In many cases, this sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once the treatment is finished. Some people also experience soft tissue irritation—either from a tray that doesn’t fit properly or from solution that may come in contact with the gums. If you have any concerns about such side effects, don’t hesitate to contact us.
All toothpastes help remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives. “Teeth Whitening” toothpastes bearing the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, however, these products do not alter the intrinsic color of your teeth. What causes tooth discoloration? There are many causes. The most common include aging, consumption of staining substances (coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine), trauma, nerve degeneration, and old restorations. During tooth formation, the consumption of tetracycline may also cause tooth discoloration. The good news is that now this yellowing is easily reversed. A whiter smile can give you extra confidence or improve first impressions.