A beautiful smile is one of the first things that we notice about others. When you love your smile, you feel confident and strong. As we get older, however, our smiles can begin to lose their shine. Teeth can darken for many reasons, such as genetics, smoking cigarettes, or overexposure to fluoride. The most common cause of teeth staining is foods and drinks like coffee, tea, and wine. Any food that can stain your clothing can also stain your teeth. If you wish to regain your once pearly white smile, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Uttma Dham, in Plantation, Florida, suggests professional teeth whitening.
Dr. Dham knows how important it is to you to have a smile worth showing off. Call our office today to learn more about teeth whitening in Plantation, FL. Call 954-476-4535.
Many people hold misconceptions about teeth whitening. Here are five misperceptions about teeth whitening in Plantation, FL that you can rest assured are just that: myths!
Myth 1: Store-Bought Teeth Whitening is Enough
A very common misconception about teeth whitening is that you can whiten your teeth adequately using only store-bought products. We admit, this is a great start to reaching and maintaining a radiant smile, however, those products contain far less of the stain fighting ingredients than treatments provided by dentists. It may take you several months’ use of drugstore products to remove stains we can remove in just one session.
Dr. Dham will recommend that you continue using those at home whitening products, such as whitening strips, toothpaste, and mouthwash when a touch-up is needed. However, she will also suggest that you come see her for a professional teeth whitening treatment. Our office offers Zoom Whitening treatment. After the hour long whitening treatment is complete, you’ll leave our Plantation, FL office feeling beautiful and happy with your smile.
Myth 2: One and Done
Many people assume that one professional whitening treatment will whiten teeth permanently. This isn’t necessarily true, though. One treatment will come with great benefits, such as walking out with the smile that you’ve always wanted, but you’ll need to periodically come in and have the treatment completed again to maintain that bright smile. As long as you continue consuming pigment rich foods and drinks, the stains will return.
We’re always happy to do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. At your regular dental checkups, talk to Dr. Dham about how often you should seek out professional teeth whitening. She will be happy to suggest for re-whitening your teeth when they begin to dull again.
Myth 3: Crowns and Fillings Can Be Whitened
Unfortunately, crowns and fillings cannot be whitened. They are subject to staining just like your other teeth, but do not respond to whitening products the same way that natural enamel does. But, similar to caring for your teeth that don’t have crowns and fillings, you will need to have them cleaned regularly at six-month check-ups and take proper care of them at home.
Caring for your crowns and fillings at home is as easy as caring for the rest of your smile. If you remember to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day, your smile should remain well maintained.
Myth 4: Teeth Whitening Damages Tooth Enamel
Contrary to what some may think, having your teeth professionally whitened will not damage your tooth enamel. In fact, use of over-the-counter whitening treatments, such as strips and tray treatments, may actually do more harm than dentists’ treatments if they are used continually. Dr. Dham knows how important enamel is for maintaining a healthy mouth, so you can rest easy knowing that she would never recommend a treatment that may cause damage to your enamel. All whitening should only be used periodically, and not on an on-going basis.
Teeth whitening will improve your overall satisfaction of your smile; don’t wait to contact our office if you’d like more information about teeth whitening in Plantation, FL.
Myth 5: My Teeth Will Appear Fake
We’ve all seen an image of a person with unimaginably white teeth that appear unnatural, (especially when combined with over-tanned skin and artificially lightened hair!). Some people fear that by seeking out professional teeth whitening, that they may begin to look this way. You don’t have to worry about this with the treatments you receive from our office. Our whitening treatments only remove the pigments that have become embedded in your enamel, revealing the natural color of your teeth.
Dr. Dham knows how to properly whitening your stained or yellowed teeth. You’ll leave our office happy with a bright, but not too white, smile on your face.