Medina dentist teeth whitening vs.over-the-counter

June 16, 2016

Professional teeth whitening works better than store-bought products. Learn details on this cosmetic treatment from Medina dentist, Dr. Allan J. Milewski.

When getting a cosmetic dental treatment, you want the most effective and safest result.  Medina dentist, Dr. Allan J. Milewski,  offers outstanding teeth whitening. Professionally supervised, teeth brighten by up to 8 shades of color without any of the worries of over-the-counter products.

Why people whiten their teeth

People whiten their teeth because, over time, tooth enamel darkens, stains and becomes dull looking. Most stains result from what we put in our mouths–coffee, cigarettes and chewing tobacco, some prescription drugs, blueberries, soy sauce and tomatoes.

This organic matter clings to the mineral matrix which makes up tooth enamel, and as it clings, it discolors. So,  for a refreshed, younger look, many dental patients in Medina and across the counter choose teeth whitening.

How people whiten their teeth

For very mild discolorations, some over the counter products, such as whitening toothpastes and rinses,  work just fine. As with professional whitening gels, consumer-grade products utilize hydrogen or carbamide peroxide as the active ingredient. However, the peroxide is not highly concentrated.

Some individuals opt for more potent whitening strips and gels which when applied at-home, often produce troublesome gum sensitivity. Plus, whitening results often are far less than satisfactory.

Enter professional teeth whitening from your Medina dentist. The bleaching gel offered by Dr. Milewski is more powerful than what you can find at your local shopping mall. Plus, because it is applied via custom-fitted acrylic trays, the gel goes right to the tooth enamel, avoiding sensitivity issues.

The whitening process begins with an oral exam to ensure good dental health. People with multiple restorations, active decay or gum disease are not candidates for this aesthetic service.

Patients who are good candidates receive whitening gel and customized trays. They wear the trays at home for the amount of time specified by Dr. Milewski. After a week or so, the results of at-home whitening are amazing, and they last.

Caring for that bright smile

To maintain their beautiful smiles, patients simply:

  1. Brush twice a day and floss daily. They may use a whitening toothpaste or rinse if they desire.
  2. Get semi-annual cleanings and exams with their Medina dentist.
  3. Eat a healthy diet, with a heavy emphasis on fibrous fruits and veggies and drinking plenty of water.
  4. Avoid tobacco use.
  5. Limit staining beverages and foods.

The American Dental Association recommends occasional touch-ups with your cosmetic dentist and common sense habits such as drinking iced tea with a straw to reduce discoloration.

How’s your smile?

If you would like it to be brighter, why not explore professional teeth whitening with Dr. Allan Milewski? The experience works well and safely, too, and whitening remains one of the quickest and most cost effective improvements you can make for your best-looking smile. Contact the office staff today for your personal consultation.

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