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DeterminingtheRightWhiteningApproachisKeytoBrighteningaDullSmile

Bright, naturally white teeth are a key component in a beautiful smile. But the opposite is also true: nothing diminishes an otherwise attractive smile more than stained or discolored teeth.

There is good news, however, about tooth staining: it can be greatly reduced with the right whitening technique. But before taking action we need to first uncover the cause for the staining — whether from the outside or inside of the tooth, or a combination of both.

If it’s an external cause — known as extrinsic staining — our diet is usually the source. Foods and beverages that contain tannins, like red wine, coffee or tea fall in this category, as do foods with pigments called carotenes as found in carrots and oranges. Besides limiting consumption of stain-causing foods and maintaining daily oral hygiene, you can also diminish extrinsic staining with a bleaching application.

There are two basic ways to approach this: with either a professional application at our office or with a home kit purchased at a pharmacy or retail store. Although both types use similar chemicals, the professional application is usually stronger and the whitening effect is obtained quicker and may last longer.

Discoloration can also occur within a tooth, known as intrinsic staining, and for various reasons. It can occur during tooth development, as with childhood overexposure to fluoride or from the antibiotic tetracycline. Poor development of enamel or dentin (the main sources of natural tooth color), tooth decay, root canal treatments or trauma are also common causes of intrinsic discoloration.

There are techniques to reduce the effects of intrinsic staining, such as placing a bleaching agent inside the tooth following a root canal treatment. In some cases, the best approach may be to restore the tooth with a crown or porcelain veneer. The latter choice is a thin layer of dental material that is permanently bonded to the outer, visible portion of the tooth: it’s life-like color and appearance covers the discoloration, effectively renewing the person’s smile.

If you’ve been embarrassed by stained teeth, visit us for a complete examination. We’ll recommend the right course of action to turn your dull smile into a bright, attractive one.

If you would like more information on treatments for teeth staining, 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 “Teeth Whitening.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
May 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
4ReasonsWhyaHomeWhiteningKitMightnotbeRightforYou

Do-it-yourself (DIY) whitening kits are a popular option for restoring a healthy shine to stained and dulled teeth. They're relatively safe and generally live up to their packaging claims.

But a home kit might not always be your best option. Here are 4 reasons why DIY whitening might not be right for you.

You're on the early side of your teen years. Tooth whitening at home is quite popular with teenagers. For older teens it doesn't really pose a dental risk as long as you use the product appropriately (more on that in a moment). However, the immature enamel of younger teens' permanent teeth is still developing and can be vulnerable to damage by whitening processes.

You don't follow instructions well. Not to say you have this particular character quirk — but if you do you may run into trouble with DIY whitening. Home kits are safe if you follow their instructions carefully. If you use them to excess as one 13-year old boy was reported to have done, you could severely (and permanently) erode your teeth's protective enamel.

Your teeth are in need of dental work. Tooth whitening can't fix everything that may be contributing to an unattractive smile. It's always better to have issues like dental disease or chipped teeth addressed first before whitening. And, if your tooth discoloration originates from inside your tooth, a whitening kit won't help — they're only designed for staining on the enamel's outside surface. You'll need a special dental procedure to whiten internal (or intrinsic) tooth staining.

You want to control the amount of brightness. Home kits don't have the level of fine-tuning that a clinical procedure can achieve. While the bleaching agent in a professional whitening solution is much stronger than a home kit, your dentist is trained in techniques that can vary the amount of bleaching, from a softer white to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. And clinical whitening usually takes fewer sessions and may last longer than a home kit.

If you're interested in teeth whitening, see your dentist for a dental examination first before purchasing a DIY kit. Even if you decide to do it yourself, your dentist can give you buying advice for whitening kits, as well as how-to tips.

If you would like more information on tooth 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By Advance Family Dental Care
October 29, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningTeeth whitening is a quick and effective cosmetic dentistry procedure that can benefit almost anyone. However, understanding the ins and outs of this treatment can help you determine if it is truly in your best interest. Find the answers to some teeth whitening FAQs and learn how cosmetic dentistry procedures from Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, can benefit you.

Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening uses chemical reactions between the discolorations on your teeth and the chemicals in the whitening gel to break the bonds between the molecules in the stain. This dissipates the molecules and allows them to scatter, lifting the color of the tooth. Your visit will take only about an hour, during which your dentist places the whitening gel onto the teeth. The gel remains on the teeth throughout the treatment. Some whitening systems use a special UV light to speed up and strengthen the process.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Teeth whitening is a long-used cosmetic dentistry procedure. It has the FDA’s seal of approval and is considered safe, especially when monitored by your dentist. Though over-the-counter varieties of whitening systems are considered safe, they are not monitored by your dentist and cannot promise the same results.

Does Teeth Whitening Damage the Teeth?

There are some risks to teeth whitening treatments. However, whitening treatments monitored by your dentist have less of a risk of side effects than do-it-yourself options. In-office whitening procedures include separating the teeth from the oral tissues with a dental dam, which helps to decrease irritation or damage to the tissues. Your dentist can also monitor the strength of the whitening treatment to ensure that it is the best choice for you.

Teeth Whitening Treatments in Naperville, IL

If you think that you could benefit from teeth whitening, consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best cosmetic dental procedure to achieve the results you want. In some cases, other treatments like dental veneers or crowns may be more suitable for your situation.

For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL. Call (630) 358-9899 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Zomorrodi today!

By Advance Family Dental Care
August 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

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 Advance Family Dental Care
February 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When your smile looks good, you're more likely to keep it looking that way. If your smile has lost its attractive color, a professional teeth whiteningbleaching session at the dentist's office can restore it. Let the dental team at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL, brighten up your smile with teeth whitening.

When Your Smile Loses Its Luster...

If your smile has become dull and less vibrant, you’re certainly not alone. According to Hexa Research, the market for teeth whitening products is expected to exceed $7 billion as more and more people try to reclaim their smiles. Many people lose the original color of their teeth over time due to aging, food consumption, and poor dental hygiene. Luckily many dental stains and discolorations can be removed with just one professional teeth whitening treatment.

Professional Teeth Whitening Works

If you’re going to whiten your teeth, you might as well go with a treatment that you know will work. If you try certain store-bought products there’s no guarantee that you’ll see results and they often require weeks of work. If you choose to visit your Naperville, IL, dentist for professional teeth whitening, you'll walk out of the office that same day with a brighter smile after about an hour. You won't have to do any work—leave it all to your dentist.

Brighter Smile, Brighter Life

A smile survey by Kelton Research revealed that having a brighter, nice-looking smile can actually brighten up your life and maybe even the lives of others around you. The study found that people are considered more professional, successful, outgoing, and confident when they have their teeth whitened. You should feel proud to show your smile to the world—don't let yellow or stained teeth hold you back any longer.

A Whiter Smile in One Visit

You don't have to wait weeks or months for your teeth to get whiter if you choose to have your teeth brightened by a dentist at Advance Family Dental Care in Naperville, IL. Call the office today to come in for a teeth whitening session with Dr. Pirooz Zomorrodi.



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