Teeth Whitening

What you eat and drink impacts the coloring of your teeth. Your morning coffee, cigarettes and aging begin to yellow your teeth. As your teeth become yellow, it can impact your self-esteem and prevent you from smiling.

A Gainesville dentist can easily restore the brightness of your smile. This is done with a teeth whitening process that lightens the color of your teeth and boosts confidence. The process is quick, relatively painless and effective.

Can’t I Just Use a Bleaching Kit?

This is a question a Gainesville dentist is asked often. Over the counter teeth whitening kits are available in local pharmacies. These kits are designed to bleach the teeth and to whiten a person’s smile. While it’s true these kits could work, there are problems associated with them.

First, you have a “one size fits all” approach to these kits. They are designed for the “average mouth”. Unfortunately, most people don’t fit the trays that are provided. If the trays are too small, you’ll only bleach a portion of your teeth. If the trays are too big, you end up bleaching your gums.

While it doesn’t sound like much, gum tissue is very sensitive. When you get bleach on them, the gums become irritated and can experience other concerns. Another concern you face with these teeth whitening solutions is the damage your enamel experiences. With regular use, your teeth can become thin and experience additional concerns.

What About Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste has become incredibly popular. But the dental association frowns on these products. While they advertise the ability to whiten your teeth, they don’t mention they do it with harmful chemicals and abrasive substances. Since these products often contain bleach in them, they also remove the enamel on your teeth.

Research has shown that these teeth whitening solutions actually cause irreversible damage to your mouth. This includes the enamel, gums and the pulp of the tooth.

What Should I Avoid Before My Procedure?

Your Gainesville dentist will recommend you not use certain substances 24 hours before your teeth whitening procedure. This includes:

  • Coffee
  • Cola
  • Ketchup
  • Lipstick
  • Mustard
  • Red Sauce
  • Red Wine
  • Soy Sauce
  • Tea
  • Tobacco

How Does the Process Work?

When you choose us as your Gainesville dentist, we will closely inspect your teeth. We’ll consider your oral health and dental history. We can then create a dental whitening plan to safely lighten your teeth and improve your smile.

We use a high concentration of an oxidizing agent that won’t damage your teeth. We use a special gel and plastic trays that are designed to fit your mouth. This delivers quick results and ensure it contours to natural shape of your teeth. This allows and even application of the gel. After about twenty minutes, the trays are removed and your teeth are cleaned. We repeat this process two more times. When finished, you’ll have a noticeably whiter smile.

If you want to safely whiten your teeth, then consider a professional teeth whitening service. Your Gainesville dentist can help you to determine the best procedure for you and help you to restore that brilliant smile.

Dr. Ada Parra and Dr. Justin Craighead are proud to serve as the only specialist team offering the expertise of both a prosthodontist and periodontist in Gainesville, FL.


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