Coffee, tea, red wine and berries – these are just some of the things that can make your pearly whites not so pearly! But unless you want to give them up completely (and who would want to do that?!) your smile may suffer for it. Thankfully we live in a day and age where whitening treatments are easy and affordable. But what is the difference between the various whitening options? In this blog, your cosmetic dentist in Coral Springs will explain how each one works and what you can expect. With this information, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about the best way to achieve a beautiful, white smile that can take years off of your appearance.
Coral Springs Dentistry Blog
February 2, 2018
January 19, 2018
Over the years you’ve felt like your teeth have lost a bit of their luster and you’re ready for whiter brighter smile with teeth whitening. However, you have a lot of questions, and you’re not sure where to begin. Your dentist has answers for you, and here are some of the common questions we hear about teeth whitening.
How Can I Whiten My Teeth if I Have Sensitivity?
If your teeth tend to be sensitive, you can still enjoy the benefits of teeth whitening by following a few simple steps. First, brush them prior to whitening with toothpaste designed for sensitivity. Following up after whitening with a fluoride treatment can also help to relieve sensitivity.
The professional whitening products that your dentist uses are typically formulated to reduce sensitivity while still achieving the best results. Over-the-counter (OTC) products can’t make these guarantees since their ingredients are less regulated.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Besides tooth sensitivity, the other side effect that can occur during whitening is irritation to your gums or other soft tissues. If the whitening gel comes into contact with your gums, it can sometimes cause a burning sensation.
Your dentist applies a protective barrier around your gums in order to protect them from excess whitening gel during an in-office whitening procedure. Take-home whitening trays are customized with impressions taken of your teeth for this same purpose of protecting your gums from excess whitening gel.
How Effective if Professional Whitening?
The whitening products that your dentist uses are a higher strength than what you will find at the drug store. This means that you will spend less time whitening to achieve your desired results when you work with your dentist.
In-office whitening with your dentist is ideal for producing immediate results and most patients leave their appointment with teeth that are 6 to 10 shades lighter than when they started.
Take-home whitening trays are great for giving you the freedom to whiten your teeth whenever you like, based on your own schedule. You will also have your trays available for touch ups down the road.
If you have more questions about teeth whitening and how it can benefit you, contact your dentist to schedule a consultation today.
About the Author
Coral Springs Dentistry is comprised of a highly skilled team of dentists focused on delivering exceptional care to their patients. They combine their unique skills and specialties to deliver comprehensive care to their patients and offer services such as treatment for sleep apnea that patients may not find at other offices.
If you would like to contact Coral Springs Dentistry, we can be reached through our website online or by calling 954-341-0500.
December 6, 2017
Dentures have a bad rap. Many people believe that they are unsightly and uncomfortable, but that’s not always true. In fact, if dentures are well-made and custom-fitted for a patient, they can be a beautiful, sturdy, and comfortable tooth replacement option. Sometimes, however, you may find that your dentures in Coral Springs are making your mouth sore. Here are some tips to help you cope with this situation and get back to enjoying your lovely smile.
November 27, 2017
Patients who suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction are often unsure who to visit to treat their condition. This is actually a complicated question. However, the best place to start is a trip to your general dentist. They are highly trained in the way the jaw and skull work together, and they can help you understand the underlying cause of your TMJ dysfunction. Keep reading to learn more about TMJ dysfunction, its causes, and available treatment options.
October 6, 2017
Do you want a better smile in a short amount of time? That statement may sound too good to be true, but the facts are that you can achieve a new smile that you’re proud of in a much shorter amount of time than you’re anticipating. How? The answer is porcelain veneers! Learn more in this week’s blog post.
September 18, 2017
Over the years, you have heard more discussion about the use of dental implants to treat tooth loss. Now, more than 500,000 are placed each year due to the exceptional benefits they offer, but what makes them so great? There are distinct differences between them and traditional tooth replacement options, like dentures. This allows them to produce an array of benefits that are not possible with other solutions in Coral Springs.
August 6, 2017
Missing teeth can put a damper on your quality of life. Those gaps can make it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods, and it might be a challenge to articulate speech. Furthermore, you might be embarrassed by your flawed smile. Fortunately, restorative dentistry can help. If you get dentures in Coral Springs, you may see a lot of positive changes in your life. What are some of the benefits of getting dentures?
July 4, 2017
When you sit down with friends and family for a celebratory dinner, do you find yourself avoiding your steak because it is too difficult to chew? Maybe you are not smiling or speaking because you feel insecure about your missing teeth? Tooth loss not only causes you to lose your confidence and oral functions, but can also negatively impact your dental health. To regain a complete functional smile, you now have many options for dentures in Coral Springs.
June 13, 2017
If the challenges of missing teeth have been plaguing you for some time, or even if you’ve been wearing removable dentures, then may it’s time to consider all of the benefits of implant-supported dentures in Coral Springs. This prosthetic combines the stability of dental implants with the beauty of custom designed and hand crafted dentures. The result is a smile that is strong and beautiful.
June 1, 2017
Sleep apnea affects millions of US kids and adults. This common sleep disorder occurs when patients stop breathing for ten or more seconds at a time up to 100s of times at night. There are two main forms of apnea: central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea is less common, and it occurs when the brain ceases to trigger the body to inhale during sleep. The more common form, obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when the throat is physically blocked, obstructing airflow. Sleep doctors typically treat obstructive apnea using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) systems. While this solution is beneficial and effective for many patients, there are those who find themselves unable to adjust to the use of CPAP systems or inadequately helped with these treatments. For these patients, the dentists and team at Coral Springs Dentistry can help. We offer oral appliance therapy as an alternative to CPAP as well as providing combined therapy to improve the effectiveness of CPAP.