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By Advanced Dental Concepts
December 01, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

In recent years, the demand of big, white, Hollywood smiles has risen dramatically. For this reason, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. It can rejuvenate your smile, lifting stubborn stains and leaving your teeth several teeth whiteningshades whiter in as little as one appointment.

Teeth vs. Stains
Before you can understand how whitening procedures work, you must first understand the make up of your teeth. The teeth are made up of two layers. The enamel, or white, outer layer of the teeth, and the deeper layer, called the dentin, which is more yellow in color than the enamel. Staining is often caused by outside elements such as coffee, tea or smoking cigarettes. Staining could also be due to aging, which wears away enamel, causing the yellow-colored dentin to show through. Some situations, like trauma, can cause staining to begin in the lower dentin layer, making these stains much tougher to lift than those on the enamel.

Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening? 
Good candidates should have generally healthy teeth and gums and realistic expectations for whitening results. Patients with gum disease or cavities will need treatment for those conditions prior to having their teeth whitened. Teeth may also need to be professionally cleaned before a whitening procedure can take place. Children under the age of 16 or pregnant women should not undergo teeth whitening procedures.

What about at-home whitening kits? 
At-home kits may work to lift some of the less stubborn stains that can appear on teeth. However, the chemicals are not as strong as the supervised in-office treatments, meaning that much more drastic results are seen in less time.

If you have been dreaming about having a Hollywood smile, there is no time like the present to schedule a teeth whitening session with Dr. Richard D Hopgood, DMD, MAGD of Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA. Call (978) 475-2431 to schedule your appointment today!

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