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If you're ready to put the "pizzazz" back into your smile, your dentist may be able to help. It's possible your dull, dingy smile could be transformed with teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening or bleaching is a technique that applies a solution with a bleaching agent (usually up to 35% hydrogen peroxide in an office setting) to the teeth to whiten them. Although there are Do-It-Yourself home whitening kits you can use, there are a few good reasons why you should first consider a whitening procedure in a dental office setting.

To begin with, you should first have your teeth examined by a dentist to determine why they're discolored. Certain foods and beverages we consume or tobacco habits are the usual culprits causing stains on the enamel, the outermost tooth layer. These are the kinds of stains targeted by most whitening solutions.

But the interior of a tooth can also become discolored for reasons like trauma, past dental work or tetracycline use at an early age. If your staining is internal (intrinsic) rather than external (extrinsic) reducing that discoloration will require an invasive procedure only a dentist can perform—a home kit won't be able to do the job.

Another reason for having your teeth whitened by your dentist (even extrinsic staining) involves your time and the degree of brightness you'd like. Because dentists use stronger bleaching solutions (home kits usually use a weaker solution of 10% carbamide peroxide) it takes fewer sessions than home kits to achieve results—and they may last longer. In addition, dentists have more control over the level of brightness to match your expectations of a more subdued, natural look or a dazzling "Hollywood" smile.

A dentist can also help you navigate special circumstances like matching and managing natural teeth whiteness with dental restorations (which don't bleach) or special whitening situations like a single discolored tooth.

Even if you eventually decide to go the home kit route, consulting with a dentist first can still prove helpful. You'll get expert advice on products, tips on how to apply them and how to prolong the whitening effect. Whichever way you go, home kit or dentist, you can gain a brighter, more confident smile with teeth whitening.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
December 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

With the advent of home whitening kits, you no longer have to go to the dentist to have your teeth whitened. DIY kits are relatively safe and effective, if you follow the directions carefully.

So, you might be thinking: why have a dentist whiten my teeth? Actually, there are good reasons why you might. Here are 4 of them.

We'll make sure your teeth are healthy first. Your teeth may need some attention first, such as treatment for dental disease, before we undertake whitening. We'll also determine why your teeth are stained, which could impact how they're whitened (more about that in a moment).

Our application could take less time and last longer. Bleaching agents in home kits make up less than 10% of volume, much weaker than the applications we use. While it often takes several applications at home to achieve the desired brightness, you may only need one or two sessions with us. Our stronger solution may also extend the “fade time” — when the whitening begins to diminish — than what you may encounter with home whitening.

We can be more precise achieving the right shade. There are different shades of teeth whiteness — what looks good for someone else might not look good for you. We have the training and expertise to achieve a color that's right for you. What's more, we also have techniques and equipment like UV lighting that enables us to color match more precisely than you can with a home kit.

Your DIY kit can't alter some forms of staining. Home kits bleach only the outermost layers of tooth enamel. That won't help, though, if your discoloration originates inside the tooth. This intrinsic staining requires procedures only a dentist can perform to bleach the tooth from the inside out.

Even if you'd still like to use a home kit we'll be happy to advise you on purchasing and application. It's also a good idea to have us check the staining first to see if a home kit will work at all. In the end, we share the same desire as you do: that your teeth are as healthy as they can be and bright as you want them to be.

If you would like more information on tooth whitening options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
August 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By lark J Wright, DMD, PA
January 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Are Teeth Whitening Treatments Right for Me? What whitening your teeth can do to enhance your looks.

With so many whitening products out there, all promising to give you bright, white beautiful teeth, it’s hard to know if they would work for you. Choosing your whitening treatment can be a puzzling experience too. Dr. Clark Wright in Venice, Florida can help you sort out fact Teeth Whiteningfrom fiction.

Your teeth can become stained for many reasons, including smoking, drinking coffee, tea or red wine, and eating highly-pigmented foods like blueberries. Your teeth can become darker and more yellow due to aging. As you age, your tooth enamel thins and you can see through it to the layer underneath called dentin. Dentin is normally yellow in color, but as you age, it becomes a darker yellow. This normal process is what makes your teeth look dark and faded as you age.

Now, you can do something about it. You can try one of many over-the-counter products out there including mouth rinses, whitening strips and toothpaste. Chances are these products will only remove surface stains, and the effect most likely won’t last very long.

Dr. Clark Wright in Venice, Florida has a much better, more permanent solution for you. He can help brighten up your smile by a state-of-the-art whitening treatment. He can offer whitening solutions including:

  • At-Home Whitening-Dr. Wright will design a custom tray to fit your teeth and provide you with a special whitening solution to place inside the tray. You can wear the trays at home for short periods when it is convenient for you.
  • Our office will provide you with Professional Strength Crest 3D Whitestrips with Advanced Seal Technology

If you have teeth that are stained, yellowed or unsightly, and you want them to look whiter, brighter and beautiful, a dental whitening treatment is definitely right for you. Dr. Clark Wright in Venice, Florida has whitening treatments to suit any budget and schedule. Talk with him today and get started toward a brighter smile!

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
September 08, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

What you put in your mouth every day can have a significant impact on your dental health and the whiteness of your teeth over time. Here are some suggestions for foods and drinks that you can eat to help keep your teeth white and healthy after having them whitened by Dr. Clark J. Wright, your cosmetic dentist in Venice, FL.Teeth Whitening Food

Foods to Eat
If you want to keep your teeth white, there are a few foods that you should put on your grocery list. Nuts and seeds are good because they are hard, and as you chew them they remove extrinsic stains. Apples are good for the same reason and the juiciness also helps increase the production of stain-fighting saliva in the mouth. Eat plenty of raw broccoli as well to keep the surfaces of your teeth scrubbed clean. Keep in mind that while these foods may be good for your teeth, leftover particles still should be removed to avoid problems with plaque and bacteria.

Beverages for White Teeth
The best thing you can drink for whiter, healthier teeth is plenty of water. Tap water is beneficial because it contains fluoride, but even if you drink bottled water it is good for your dental health compared to drinking dark liquids like red wine, tea and coffee. Milk is high in calcium, which is good for your teeth, but be careful of drinking too much. Milk is also high in sugar, which can contribute to decay.

Another Important Tip
In addition to eating the right foods after a whitening procedure, you should also make it a point to increase your brushing habits. A recent survey by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) found that as many as half of adults don’t brush their teeth at night, and this is probably related to problems with tooth staining over time. Regular appointments with your Venice FL cosmetic dentist for professional cleanings are also important.

Take Care of Your Smile
You can keep your teeth white and bright for years after your whitening appointment if you eat right and brush twice every day. Also, remember to call Dr. Wright at his cosmetic dentistry office in Venice FL (941-493-5923) for regular checkups to maintain your gorgeous smile.

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