An attractive smile lets others know you are confident and approachable. That is a positive boon from social media to the boardroom. Teeth whitening can give your smile appeal a noticeable boost. At Patel and Dornhecker Dentistry, with offices in Fairfield and Bridgetown, OH, we know there is no single perfect teeth whitening solution. We provide options, tailored to your smile, budget, and schedule.
Determining the best whitening method for your smile starts with a basic understanding of what causes teeth to look dingy, and how whitening corrects it.
Causes of discoloration:
While the terms are often used interchangeably, whitening technically refers to methods that restore teeth to their natural color. Bleaching, however, lightens underlying enamel, so teeth can be brought to an even brighter shade.
Whitening toothpastes are more abrasive, using fine grit to dislodge stains on the surfaces of teeth. With continued use, abrasive toothpaste creates scratches in enamel which trap pigments, so it can worsen the problem in the long-term.
Professional teeth whitening utilizes prescription strength bleaching agents. These peroxide-based formulations penetrate microscopic pores in tooth enamel. As the molecules oxidize, they break up particles of pigments and lift them away from teeth.
For at-home whitening, the doctor makes impressions of your mouth. Using these molds, custom-fit application trays are fabricated. You receive a supply of medical grade bleaching gel. The doctor tailors the strength to your whitening needs and natural sensitivity. If teeth are very sensitive, a soothing ingredient can be added.
You simply add whitening gel to the trays and wear them for the prescribed time, from a half hour to a
couple hours. The wearing schedule (number of whitening sessions per week) is specific to your needs. Continue whitening until the desired level of brilliance is achieved – usually in about two weeks. Then use the system periodically to keep your smile luminous.
Do you need to look your best faster than that? We also provide in-office whitening for dazzling results in one appointment that takes only about an hour. The carefully applied bleaching agent is activated with a special light for accelerated whitening. The process is repeated, for maximum whiteness in minimum time. While in-office whitening is long-lasting, you may then choose to maintain results with occasional at-home touch-ups, or reschedule treatment as needed.
Regardless of which method you choose, at Patel and Dornhecker Dentistry, you are assured of safety and effectiveness, with the oversight of a trained dental team.
Dr. Jesal A. Patel and Dr. Shawn Dornhecker run a successful dental practice in their home state of Ohio. Both doctors attended the Miami University for Microbiology in Oxford, Ohio and The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. The wife-husband duo brings together a wealth of experience while working with children, adults, and veterans during their residency at The Medical College of Ohio.
Patel and Dornhecker Dentistry has two offices in Bridgetown and Fairfield. The team at the clinic strives to serve with the best quality care to their patients using the latest technology. They strongly believe in working with local businesses in Ohio to empower the local community.