Posts for tag: Teeth Whitening

By Smiles By RK
January 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Whitening your teeth provides a simple way to improve your appearance and boost your self-esteem. A teeth whitening session in the Hampstead, MD, dental office of Dr. Rudolph Klima only takes about an hour and offers impressive results. Read on to learn more!

 

How does teeth whitening work?

Your Hampstead dentist uses hydrogen peroxide gel to reach stains at their source. Once the gel oozes inside the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel, it breaks apart stain-causing pigments, leaving your smile brighter and whiter.

Although over-the-counter whitening products also contain hydrogen peroxide, the concentration is much weaker than the peroxide used in professional whitening agents. You may need to use drugstore whiteners for weeks or months before you see a difference in your smile. Professional whitening, on the other hand, offers results in just one visit to the dentist's office.

 

What happens during my visit?

Before your whitening session begins, your teeth must be cleaned thoroughly to remove plaque and tartar. This step is very important, as hydrogen peroxide can't penetrate either substance. If teeth aren't cleaned prior to whitening, they can appear speckled.

Do you have crowns or other dental restorations? Hydrogen peroxide won't change the color of bonding, cosmetic fillings, crowns, and bridges. If you want to ensure a consistently white smile after whitening, you may need to replace your restorations and fillings to match the new shade of your teeth.

Sensitivity can be an issue during whitening if the gel comes in contact with your roots or gums. Your dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums and roots and also use retractors to hold your gums and cheeks away from your teeth. After your roots and gums are protected, the whitening agent will be brushed on your teeth. Whitening results usually last several years, although you may be able to prolong your results by avoiding darkly colored foods and beverages like coffee, cola, tea, and berries.

Take-home whitening kits can also be used to whiten at home or for occasional touchups. The kits consist of trays custom molded to fit your teeth and a supply of hydrogen peroxide gel.

 

Give us a call!

Revitalize your smile with teeth whitening! Call your Hampstead, MD, dentist, Dr. Rudolph Klima, at (410) 374-9066 to schedule an appointment today.

By Smiles By RK
June 22, 2018
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist has the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.Teeth Whitening

Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.

Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. You dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.

What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.

How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.

Contact Your Dentist

You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.



SMILES BY RK-Rudolph Klima DDS, FAGD
Cosmetic and General Dentistry
4519 Lower Beckleysville Rd
Hampstead, MD 21074-2613
410-374-9066