Is it inevitable that your smile will yellow with time? Not so with teeth whitening from Gilbert Dental Care in Philadelphia! After a careful oral examination, Dr. Steve Gilbert and Dr. Carlos Velez can restore that youthful sheen and brightness! Read on to learn if you, too, could be a candidate for this popular aesthetic service!
FAQs about teeth whitening
Why should I go to the dentist for teeth whitening?
Your Philadelphia dentist will assure you that teeth whitening is safe for you, your teeth, and your gums. People with active decay, multiple restorations (e.g. fillings), and untreated gum disease will generally not be good candidates. Also, individuals who are pregnant, lactating, or under active treatment for a serious health condition, such as cancer, should postpone teeth whitening.
What stains tooth enamel?
Experts at the Tufts School of Dental Medicine state that tooth enamel retains pigmentation from food such as blackberries, black tea, colas, coffee, and soy sauce. Also, acidic foods, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes, actually make tooth enamel softer, more porous, and more apt to stain. Tobacco is one of the biggest stainers.
Is teeth whitening a long process?'
No, teeth whitening takes just one hour at our Philadelphia office. The at-home type takes about a week of daily gel applications.
What is the active ingredient in whitening gel?
Usually, it's hydrogen peroxide, which bleaches out organic matter stuck in the enamel matrix. At-home whitening utilizes custom-fit acrylic trays filled with the gel, and in the office, the dentist "paints" on the peroxide gel and then rinses it off.
Will my teeth and gums hurt afterward?
Sometimes whitening leaves a bit of residual sensitivity behind. However, it is a mild sensation that will go away shortly.
Will my teeth remain white?
If you stay away from dark foods and beverages and tobacco, your teeth will stay bright for a long time. Remember to also brush twice a day as the American Dental Association advises, and floss your teeth at least once daily. See Dr. Gilbert or Dr. Velez for an exam and cleaning twice a year and for an occasional whitening touch-up as needed.
A fabulous smile
Improve your once-drab smile by as much as eight shades with professional, safe, and effective teeth whitening from Gilbert Dental Care. Call us today to arrange your whitening consultation: (215) 972-0406.