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Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
Home whitening kits are a popular way to turn a dull smile into a dazzling one. But these self-applied products only work for teeth with outer enamel stains — if the discoloration originates inside a tooth, you’ll need professional treatment.
Known as “intrinsic staining,” this type of discoloration most often occurs within a tooth’s pulp or dentin layers. There are a number of causes like tooth trauma or tetracycline use at an early age. A root canal treatment used to remove infection from deep within a tooth can also cause discoloration: sometimes blood pigments left after tissue removal or the filling materials themselves can stain a tooth’s interior.
Intrinsic staining can often be treated by placing a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate, into the tooth’s pulp chamber. But before undertaking this procedure on a tooth that’s undergone a root canal treatment,Â we want to first ensure the filling is intact and still adequately sealing the tooth from infection. We also want to make sure the supporting bone is also healthy.
If all’s well, we access the pulp in the same way as the root canal treatment, and preferably through the same access hole. We then clean out the pulp chamber of any stained matter and then ensure the root canals remain filled and sealed off from the pulp chamber.
We can then place the bleaching agent into the pulp, a process that will need to be repeated every three or four days to achieve the desired level of brightness. After each session we place a cotton pellet over the opening and held in place with a temporary adhesive; we can easily remove and re-apply this covering during subsequent sessions. Once we’ve achieved the desired color change, we seal the tooth with a permanent filling and restore the access cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin material bonded to the enamel and dentin.
There are other options for an intrinsically stained tooth like veneers or crowns that outwardly cover the discoloration. Internal bleaching, however, is a more conservative approach that causes less alteration of the tooth. If successful, it can restore a stained tooth to a brighter, more attractive shade.
If you would like more information on internal bleaching, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”
While the office staff of Maritato Dental help keep your teeth clean and cavity-free, they also offer cosmetic dentistry services to ensure your teeth look as healthy as they are. Cosmetic dentistry enhances your smile, one of the things a person typically first notices about you. The following are some of the most popular procedures at Dr. Mario Maritato and his staff’s cosmetic dentistry office in Kenosha, WI.
Professional Teeth Whitening
While over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available, these are not typically sufficient to truly offer a noticeable difference. Professional teeth whitening under Dr. Maritato’s supervision can whiten your teeth from six to eight shades lighter.
You can choose between two tooth-whitening options. At-home whitening using a customized mouthguard created at your Kenosha dentist’s office offers the convenience of home, while our in-office procedure takes less than an hour to whiten your teeth.
If you have always felt self-conscious about your front teeth, dental veneers can help. Veneers are able to cover dental concerns such as chipping, cracking or stained teeth. These custom-made coverings are cemented to your teeth to give you the smile you desire. Veneers are a popular option for Hollywood celebrities who want a close-up worthy smile.
Crowns are an alternative to dental veneers when your teeth may also be damaged or decayed. Crowns are custom-made coverings designed to cap or cover the teeth. Placing the crown requires removing a portion of your dental enamel so the crown can fit over your tooth. Crowns not only improve your tooth’s appearance, they also can strengthen a tooth following a root canal.
Tooth-Colored Fillings and Bonding
Having a cavity no longer means a mouthful of metal. Instead, Dr. Maritato uses cosmetic fillings at his Kenosha, WI dentist’s office. This tooth-colored material bonds well with your tooth, filling the cavity without being noticeable. Dr. Maritato can also use the composite dental material used to fill the tooth to perform bonding. This can correct a chip in your tooth or even improve the shape of a tooth by carefully applying dental material to a damaged tooth.
If you’re ready to smile with confidence thanks to cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Maritato Dental in Kenosha, WI today.
Whether performed in a dental office or using a home kit, teeth whitening applications are quite effective for bleaching exterior (extrinsic) stains on enamel surfaces. But what if your discoloration comes from inside the tooth? In this case, extrinsic teeth whitening won’t work — you’ll need to undergo an “internal bleaching” method, which can only be performed in a dentist's office.
There are a number of causes for “intrinsic” staining, including too much fluoride exposure or tetracycline use during childhood. One of the more common causes, though, occurs from root canal treatments used to remove the remnants of the pulp tissue inside a tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. Certain cements used during the procedure to help seal in the filling material and leftover blood pigments can cause the tooth to darken over time.
To alleviate this discoloration, we use a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate mixed with a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide to achieve a safe, accelerated color change. After determining that the root canal filling is still intact and the bone is healthy, we create a small cavity in the back of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The chamber is cleaned of any debris or stained material and then thoroughly irrigated. The original root canal filling is then sealed off to prevent leakage from the bleaching agent.
We then place the bleaching agent in the cleaned-out space with a cotton pellet and seal it in with a temporary adhesive. This step is repeated for several days until we achieve the desired shade of white. Once that occurs we then seal the dentin with a more permanent filling and then restore the cavity we created with a composite resin bonded to the enamel and dentin.
If we’re successful in achieving the desired color, intrinsic whitening could help you avoid more costly options like veneers or crowns for an otherwise healthy and attractive tooth. The end result would be the same — a beautiful smile without those unsightly stains.
If you would like more information on treating internal tooth stains, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”
Is it time to see your Kenosha dentist about professional teeth whitening?
Years of coffee drinking, consuming orange juice and eating Chinese food have taken a toll on your smile. As a result, your smile isn’t as bright as it used to be. Luckily, your Kenosha dentist Dr. Mario Maritato
People with sensitive teeth might be wary of professional teeth whitening, which boasts a whitening gel with strong stain-fighting ingredients. However, this doesn’t mean that tooth-sensitive individuals can’t get a whiter smile. If you experience sensitive teeth talk to your Kenosha dentist about ways to prepare your smile beforehand for your in-office whitening. Furthermore, we can also tailor the strength of your treatment to reduce procedural discomfort while also helping you achieve a brighter smile.
Type of Dental Stains
External stains that are yellow in color respond best to professional teeth whitening. External stains are usually caused by aging or by consuming certain stain-producing foods and drinks. Those who have severe stains from smoking or antibiotic use, as well as those with internal stains due to trauma will not get the same brighter results. In these cases it might be best to consider other cosmetic dentistry options in Kenosha, such as dental veneers.
Would you say you drink several cups of coffee a day? Can’t part ways with your evening wine? If so, then professional teeth whitening might not be the best option for you. Even though our system can get your teeth up to 10 shades whiter in just one visit, if you’ve spent money on this treatment then you want your results to last. Some people can maintain their whiter smile for up to a year by avoiding certain foods and drinks. If you are serious about maintaining your smile, then you may want to seriously reevaluate your diet.
Is teeth whitening the treatment you’ve been looking for? If so, then book your first whitening session with your Kenosha dentist. Let Maritato Dental give you a more radiant smile!