Brighter Smiles

As opportunities for photos, whether it be proms, weddings or family gatherings approach, you may be considering tooth whitening to help brighten your smile.  Before you use whitening products you need to talk to your dentist about the most appropriate treatment and to see if your teeth and gums are healthy enough.  This is important if you have crowns, fillings or your teeth have dark stains.

According to mouthhealthy.org. some popular whitening methods include:

  • In-office bleaching. A bleaching agent is applied to teeth and a light may be used to enhance the action of the agent. In-office bleaching products typically contain a higher percentage of peroxide than at-home formulations. The procedure is usually completed in less than two hours.
  • At-home bleaching. Peroxide-containing whiteners that bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a custom mouth tray. The bleaching trays are worn for short periods of time over a few days to gradually whiten the teeth.
  • Whitening toothpastes. Although all toothpastes help remove surface stains “whitening” toothpastes that carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. They do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth like bleaching agents do.

Call our office at Brogdon Dental today to see what we recommend for you to have the brightest smile possible.

 

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The Importance of Dental Care for Teens

As a teen, you know that your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. That’s why it’s important that you take care of it. Cavities can happen at any age. If you drink sugary sodas, juice or energy drinks you risk gum disease and tooth decay. Take care of your teeth by brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily.

According to Mouthhealthy.org, here is the bottom line for smiles that are healthy on the inside and out:

  • Always brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes
  • Floss between your teeth daily
  • Avoid sugary and starchy snacks
  • Wear a mouthguard when you’re active
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Don’t pierce your lips or any part of your mouth
  • See your dentist. Regular dental visits will help set you up to be Mouth Healthy for Life.

With the Prom coming up for many teens, your smile will play an important part of your pictures.  Make sure your teeth are healthy and bright by following the above suggestions.