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Cosmetic Dentistry and Teeth Whitening

12 Nov, 2015

Cosmetic Dentistry and Teeth Whitening

Your smile is often the first thing a person notices, and first impressions are the most important factor in determining if you'll get that new job or land a big account. Having a whiter smile has the effect of minimizing the appearance of facial wrinkles and gives the impression of an energetic, youthful person as well as allows you to be less self-conscious. Advances in cosmetic dentistry allow a person with stained teeth to have a teeth whitening with barely any discomfort and receive immediately noticeable improvement.
Teeth can become stained and discolored for a variety of reasons, including medications, coffee, tee, cola, cigarettes, chemical damage and even normal aging. Some people have naturally brighter tooth enamel than others, while some people have enamel that allows for heavy staining with normal everyday eating and drinking.
Luckily, modern cosmetic dentistry can provide teeth whitening services to those who wish to improve the appearance of their smile. Chemical bleaching, mild acid whitening, abrasive teeth whitening and laser teeth brightening are forms of professional teeth whitening service that a cosmetic dentist can perform.
Bleaching is a process that lightens the color of stained or discolored teeth. This can be done either in the dentist's office or at home. While there are many over the counter teeth bleaching products available, your cosmetic dentist will provide you with the right at home treatment for your specific needs. A custom mouth tray is molded to fit the patient's teeth and a chemical bleaching solution is placed in the tray. Usually, the patient wears the tray for a few hours or overnight, with the process repeated until the desired results are achieved. This is a good method for achieving a whiter smile when the patient's teeth are moderately stained. There may experience sore gums or sensitive teeth during the process, but those sensations will subside when treatment ends. Results of teeth bleaching can last one to two years.
Laser whitening (or zoom whitening) is a quick and easy way to whiten stained or discolored teeth. The procedure is performed in the cosmetic dentist's office. A bleaching gel is applied to the patient's teeth and a laser light is used to activate the gel, which uses the energy to penetrate the enamel of the teeth. Heavily stained teeth will require a longer laser whitening session. Laser whitening is a very quick and relatively painless procedure, and will not require you to sit with a bleaching solution in your mouth for hours. Laser whitening is more expensive than traditional teeth bleaching, and results will last two to three years.
Your cosmetic dentist can help you decide which teeth whitening procedure is right for you. Your smile will be brighter, whiter and more youthful with a professional teeth-whitening procedure.

Mr. Oliver is a marketing agent of Richmond Dental Health. The general and cosmetic dentists pride themselves on their patient's comfort and care. Richmond Dental Health offers a variety dental procedures and cosmetic options that make for a beautiful smile. For more information on their Cosmetic Surgery Richmond Virginia please visit their website.


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