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7 Dental Facts that You Haven’t Heard Before

dental facts imageHow much do you really know about your teeth? Unless you’re a dentist, it’s likely that you’re not staying up late every night studying dental magazines and text books. There are plenty of dental facts that you might not know about that can really help you with your overall oral health. Let’s take a look at seven dentals facts that you may have not heard before.

 

  1. 75% of Americans suffer from some form of periodontal gum disease. It’s a well-known fact that our mouths are full of bacteria. However, you might not know that these bacteria can easily lead to gum disease and that most Americans suffer from that gum disease. If you don’t properly care for your teeth with regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings, you are at a much higher risk for gum disease and it’s very likely that you’ll get it.
  2. Unhealthy teeth may lead to an unhealthy body. Have you ever heard of the mouth-body connection? It’s the idea that an unhealthy mouth can lead to an unhealthy body. The condition of your mouth can also indicate what’s happening with the rest of your body. Pay close attention to your oral health and try to take the best care of your mouth as you possibly can. It could lead to a healthier body.
  3. Saliva is your mouth’s first line of defense. Most people think that toothbrushes and floss are your primary means of defense against tooth decay. However, did you know that your saliva is the mouth’s first line of defense? Saliva is the body’s natural way of fighting cavity-forming bacteria, and it’s extremely good at what it does. If you find yourself getting a dry mouth, dry to drink some water to get your saliva going again so you don’t suffer from any adverse effects.
  4. You shouldn’t rinse your mouth out after brushing. Everyone knows that you shouldn’t swallow your toothpaste. The fluoride in the toothpaste can be harmful for your body if swallowed in larger quantities. However, leaving that fluoride on your teeth after brushing may help more at fighting tooth decay
  5. Your teeth are as unique as your fingerprint. Your fingerprints are unique specifically to you, and you can actually be identified solely by your fingerprints. Did you know that your teeth can act in the same way? Your set of teeth is unique and your smile makes you different and special.
  6. Your teeth’s enamel is the body’s strongest tissue. Your teeth are covered by an incredibly tough and durable layer called enamel. This layer is the strongest tissue in your body, being made up of over 96% mineral content.
  7. Your smile is more than just your teeth. Technically, your teeth make up your smile, but there’s so much more that goes into it. The way you feel about your teeth can greatly affect your smile, and your smile can greatly affect your overall confidence. A smile makeover can be one of the best things you can do for your teeth and confidence.

 

How Fast Are Fastbraces?

FastbracesNot many people like to hear that they’ll need braces, but for a lot of people, braces are the only way to achieve a straight, beautiful smile.

Many envision braces as the telltale rite of passage through middle school, not something for adults.

Whatever the reason may be, there are adults who need braces.

If you fall into this category, hearing that you’ll be wearing braces the next few years may seem like unpleasant news. You’re an adult. You surely don’t want to look like a 7th grader.

You would like to have invisible braces, but your teeth are so much out of alignment that you don’t qualify for them. There are also some trouble teeth that have grown in improperly, causing speaking and eating difficulties along with producing an embarrassing smile.

What if there was a way to wear braces where you can get them off a lot sooner?

What Are Fastbraces?

Fastbraces are a new type of braces that require less wires and produce similar results in less time as traditional braces. Fastbraces are an effective treatment option for patients with severely crooked, crowded, tiled teeth. This high-performance bracket system corrects the root of teeth which then results in straight, proper teeth.

There are two types of Fastbraces: The Classic Series and the Turbo Series. With the Turbo Series, treatment can be completed in as little as 120 days. There is also a clear option as well that is made from ceramic.

Fastbraces utilize triangular brackets on teeth to accurately, efficiently and effectively adjust the roots of crooked or in-grown teeth so the teeth would grow in straight and in the correct position. The brackets have built-in arms that are constantly adjusting the teeth into the correct position. This technology reduces the use of rubber bands and metal wires which result in more comfort and shorter treatment time. The bracket tooth alignment technology also reduces the frequency of orthodontic office visits as the brackets adjust the teeth.

Unlike traditional braces that only move the crowns (the visible part of teeth), Fastbraces effectively move both the crowns and roots of teeth at the same time.

Fastbraces vs. Traditional Braces

The greatest advantage Fastbraces has over traditional braces is the shortness of treatment time. As the name implies, these braces produce results in significantly less time as traditional braces, and therefore, are fast. The average treatment time for Fastbraces is 3 months to one year, with many patients achieving a perfectly straight smile in 6 months. Traditional braces, on the other hand, typically take two to three years for treatment to be completed.

The brackets of Fastbraces are also more comfortable than those of traditional braces. They are smoother, causing less tearing and irritation to the inside of the lips and of the tongue.

Traditional braces are not only uncomfortable and not pleasing to look at, but they are also expensive, costing thousands of dollars.

The accelerated treatment duration, reduced rubber band, metal use and necessary orthodontic visits necessary in Fastbraces treatment also cut down on their costs, making them a more affordable option.

Fastbraces can be inserted on any dental patient, regardless of the severity of their dental alignment issue.

For more information about Fastbraces, contact LeDowns Dentistry today to set up a consultation to see how Fastbraces can help meet your orthodontic needs.

LeDowns Dentistry is one of the select Fastbraces affiliates in the United States. We strive to stay current with the advancements of orthodontic and dental advancements so our patients can get the best quality care.

Your Dentists in Denver Break Down the Top Dental Myths

Myth vs Reality ImageStaying informed about your teeth is one of the most beneficial practices you can perform. If your teeth aren’t healthy, it can lead to complications in the rest of your body, so it’s important to know what’s going on with your dental health.

 

Unfortunately, in today’s world of the Internet and an over-abundance of information, it’s easy to get mislead by myths and misinformation about dental health. This can lead you to making poor decisions about your teeth, which can lead to even more complications.

 

So, instead of stumbling around in the dark, let LeDowns Dentistry debunk some of the most common dental myths for you.

 

Sugar Causes Cavities

 

It’s the myth that’s as old as time. You’ve heard it from your mom. You’ve heard it from your friend’s moms. You may have even heard it from your childhood dentists. Sugar causes cavities. This is suspect number one in our list of myths. And there’s some truth to it.

 

Sugar doesn’t cause the cavities. Instead, it’s the bacteria that feed off the sugar on your teeth. This means that you can’t continue to just eat a ton of sugar all the time. The more sugar on your teeth, the more food the bacteria have to eat.

 

Wisdom Teeth Should Always Be Removed

 

Many people today think that everyone’s wisdom teeth should be removed or else their entire mouth will suffer. While this may be true in some cases, it simply isn’t true in other cases. Another common myth that goes along with this idea is that wisdom teeth don’t serve any purpose. Many experts believe that wisdom teeth were the evolutionary results of our ancestors needing to eat coarser foods than we eat now. In today’s world, we consider these vestigial organs, like your appendix or tonsils.

 

If your wisdom teeth aren’t causing—and won’t cause—any serious complications in your mouth, it might be best to leave them be.

 

Teeth Whitening Damages Enamel

 

Another common myth in the dental world is that whitening your teeth can lead to serious enamel damage. It’s easy to see where this myth comes from. Teeth whitening uses chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide to strip away the stains on the surface of your teeth. Some people thing that it goes even further and strips away the enamel, too. This isn’t true.

 

While most whitening kits are safe, we still recommend coming to our office to get professional whitening services.

 

You Should Use Mouthwash that Contains Alcohol

 

While mouthwash that contains alcohol has been linked to oral cancer cases for a long time, some recent studies have claimed that the only reason for those results were because the patients were smokers and drinkers. However, it’s still a myth that your mouthwash should contain alcohol. These kinds of mouthwashes dehydrate your mouth and can tamper with the natural bacteria that live in your mouth.

 

Ask if You’re Concerned

 

Remember that we’re always here to answer any questions you have about your dental care and health. If you read something online that you’re not sure about, don’t hesitate to ask us about it. We’re more than happy to help you feel comfortable with your routine oral care.

3 Ways to a Confident Smile

Confident smiling businessmanResearchers have over the last couple years have made the connection between the frequency of one’s smile and laughter to one’s happiness, self-esteem and confidence.

Almost hands-down, people want a beautiful smile with straight, white teeth. You may feel self-conscious if you’re the only one not smiling in group or family pictures due to embarrassing gaps between teeth, yellow stained teeth or crooked teeth.

Smiling makes you relaxed, approachable and more confident.

The smile that you’re too embarrassed to show off may be the source of your lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.

Like many patients, you want to regain that beautiful, confident smile. How do you go about doing that?

Here are three ways you can get that confident smile you’ve been missing:

Proper Dental Health

The first step in having a smile you can be proud of is to have proper dental hygiene and health. A healthy smile is a pretty smile.

Proper dental care has many other benefits other than a beautiful, confident smile. Healthy teeth and gums have less pain, are less susceptible to injury and infection and require less, expensive dental work in the future.

Proper dental care and hygiene include:

  • Visits to your dentist every six months for an examination and thorough cleaning
  • Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and a good toothpaste
  • Daily flossing
  • A healthy diet low in foods and drinks that can stain your teeth or wear off your teeth enamel
  • Managing any teeth grinding issues
  • Regular rinsing with water or mouthwash

Taking care of your teeth is just as important as taking care of the rest of your body. The first step in having a confident smile is taking care of your oral health.

Restorative dental procedures such as dental bridges, crowns, and root canals can also restore the health and look of your smile.  They will also diminish the pain and discomfort you may feel. While you may take care of your teeth and gums, your smile may not be as great as it could be because you’ll need some restorative dental work done.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Stained, and discolored teeth, and large, glaring gaps in between teeth are unpleasant flaws that even the best dental care may not do anything about.  For such instances, your second-best option is cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry can handle a variety of dental issues, besides teeth whitening. Cosmetic dentistry includes:

Most of the effective cosmetic dental procedures are done by your dentist in the office. There are some at-home options, mainly for teeth whitening, available. These are effective for patients with minor teeth stains that are mostly on the surface.

While adequate tooth and gum care is the most important way to achieve a confident smile, supplementing it with cosmetic dental work can really do wonders for your smile.

Show Your Smile Off

The final way to a confident smile is to show the world your pearly whites. You won’t be able to appreciate the efforts of your good dental hygiene or your cosmetic dental procedure if you continue to hide your smile.

Embracing your natural smile, flaws and all will greatly improve your confidence and self-esteem.

Whether you’re looking to schedule a routine dental check-up or you’re exploring your cosmetic dental options, contact us at LeDowns Dentistry today so we can get you that gorgeous smile you’ve wanted.

The Latest Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is an ever-evolving industry. Technology is continually improving, bringing new information on how to treat our patients with better tools and education. Some of the latest trends are 3D dentistry, better screenings for oral cancer, and fast braces.

3D Dentistry

While 3D graphics are not new, they are continually being improved and put to different uses. In dentistry, these graphics are helpful in taking better x-rays. These images create a model that dentists can zoom in on, get more accurate pictures, and generate more images with a single scan. With this tool, dentists can spot problems easier and faster than with traditional x-rays. Saving these images into the patient’s file is a more accurate health history too.

Even more beneficial is that these images are done with a computer and use little to no radiation. With less exposure, dentists have a safer option for checking inside the gums and is better for every patient.

Oral Cancer Screenings

One type of cancer that most people don’t think much about is oral cancer. It has a high mortality rate though, because it is so hard to spot. Part of a professional dental cleaning is inspecting the mouth for any problems or abnormalities. The biggest hurdle, like with any other cancer, is that it can go unnoticed until it is too late. Catching the cancer in its early stages increases chances of survival and less physical changes to remove it.

New advances in technology have provided us with tools to spot the signs of cancer earlier. Our office is currently using a system that uses blue light to find any lesions or pre-cancerous signs. It only takes a couple of minutes to do the screening.

You also play a part in early detection. Never be afraid to speak up when you are experiencing abnormalities. Some of the signs you can look for are:

  • Mouth sores that won’t heal
  • Lumps in the mouth or neck
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Numbness in the mouth or face
  • Growths that look like a wart
  • Hoarseness
  • Pain during swallowing, speaking, or chewing

If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment and come in to talk about them. We can do a screening outside of your biannual exams. If you have ever been diagnosed with oral cancer, know that your chance of having it reoccur are very high within the next 5 to 10 years of a first diagnosis.

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Invisalign is not new, but their advances are continually improving. There are options to do it in a shorter amount of time and are called “fast braces”. Instead of using the traditional bracket braces, you can choose custom trays to adjust your teeth a little at a time, but still faster. Invisalign is a fast, discreet method for straightening teeth, fixing bites, and correcting jaw problems. It is also more convenient for patients to eat and clean their teeth regularly. We highly recommend Invisalign, but we do offer the traditional form of braces so that our patients can use whatever option with which they are most comfortable.

Technology is continually improving in the field of dentistry. We strive to keep learning and bringing what we feel serves our patients. If you need a dental cleaning, or have any concerns with your health, make an appointment to come in today. We would love to talk about how we can help you.

Get a Winter White Smile Today

Teeth whiteningWhen people are asked what they wish they could change about their smile, the number one answer is to have whiter teeth. There are many foods and habits that work against this desire though, including smoking, coffee, tea, and wine. One walk down a toothpaste aisle at a major retailer will yield dozens of products claiming to work against these lifestyle habits to give you a whiter smile. However, these products just can’t get you the whitest and brightest smile possible.

Our System

Professional whitening uses stronger products that can’t be sold over the counter because a licensed doctor is supervising the application. There are different systems available in various forms, like pens, trays, and lights. Each used in a professional office are going to be stronger than anywhere else, but not all methods are created equal. Many dentists will offer free whitening for life because they use an inferior product.

The system we use in our office though is cutting edge technology that gives you a whiter, brighter smile than any of the other products. It is called the Kor Whitening System. Developed by Dr. Rod Kurthy, a renowned bleaching expert, you can see drastic results even after the first visit. Over the counter products can remove some of the surface stains that are most obvious, but the Kor Whitening System works harder to reveal a winter white smile.

Keeping It White

Once you have your white smile, you want to protect it. We strongly recommend that you keep up with your brushing and flossing at home. Most patients have found they prefer to use a whitening toothpaste to help keep their teeth white. This will not reverse the results, and it may help keep away daily staining attempts.

Another important step to maintaining white teeth is coming in for regular professional cleanings twice a year. This helps to protect your smile because our hygienist will scrape off all plaque and tartar before doing a thorough cleaning. This removes any yellowness that builds up on the edges of teeth or along the gum line that brushing and flossing don’t reach.

As part of a regular dental cleaning, we use a special tool called The AirFLow to polish your teeth. This polisher whitens your teeth better than traditional polishers with only water and sodium bicarbonate. The reason it works so well is because it makes it easier to remove significant stains from areas that your toothbrush and traditional dental tools don’t reach during your cleanings. Not only does a clean mouth ensure that your teeth whitening will stay, it helps make sure that your smile is as bright as possible.

Find Your Results

If you are wanting a whiter and brighter smile, give us a call today. After a quick consultation, we craft a plan together to achieve the results you want in the time frame you need them. We want everyone who walks through our doors to leave feeling confident in their smile. Let us help you get your winter white smile today.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns

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e not to the average patient. Before jumping into any major dental work, it’s important to understand the “what” and “why” of what’s going on in your mouth. Here are the most common questions about dental crowns.

Question: What is a dental crown?

Answer: A crown is a fake tooth that caps one of your natural teeth or a screw for an implants. They are typically made from either ceramic, porcelain, stainless steel, or an alloy (including gold). Naturally colored materials are much more discreet for those who prefer that option. Crowns are made in a dental lab, based on a mold that the dentist will take after prepping the area. While it’s being made, you will get a temporary crown.

Question: Why do I need it?       

Answer: There are several different problems that a crown can correct. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Strengthen a weak or fractured tooth
  • Replace a tooth after a root canal
  • Attaching an implant
  • Cosmetic purposes
  • Replace a filling that is too large for the remaining tooth

Some of these problems need immediate dental work, but others use a crown as a prevention of further problems down the road. We never advise getting a crown unless we feel like it is absolutely necessary.

Question: Does it hurt?

Answer: For the crown to be placed over your existing tooth or dental implant, the dentist will need to do some modifications. For this part of the process you will be numb, so the worst of it will be the achiness you might feel after the feeling comes back.

The placement of a crown does not usually hurt. Most people complain when a temporary crown is removed and the permanent one is placed, when air hits the exposed nerves. This lasts for maybe a minute and doesn’t even require numbing. If you have a root canal, this isn’t even a concern since you don’t have feeling in those nerves anymore. For implants, the pain and swelling is managed with over-the-counter medicines.

Questions: What kind of maintenance is involved?

Answer: Crowns are treated just like any other tooth. Stick to your daily oral hygiene regimen of flossing, brushing, and mouth wash. Make sure to come in for your regular dental check-ups twice a year. If there is a need to treat the tooth inside the crown, the dentist can just drill through it and fill it in when the work is done. You really don’t need to worry about doing anything special for your crown.

While you may not want to replace all your teeth with crowns, it isn’t something you need to be afraid of either. Crowns are a great way to
fix a handful of problems or potential problems. If you feel unsure

Aren’t You Glad it’s 2016? – Advancements in Dental Technologies

Dental implant and teethThe dental field has undergone dramatic technological advancements over the last 100 years. The dental field has been around for hundreds of years, but has not been officially recognized until the mid-1800s. As you can imagine, there has been a lot of technological and medical breakthroughs over the last 200 years. Today, complicated procedures such as root canals, dental implants and full-mouth restoration are possible and are done routinely. With current medicine and equipment, the risk of dangerous complications and infections from dental procedures are rare. What kind of technological changes are happening now in dentistry? Look for the following equipment, and technology the next time you visit the dental office:

CAD/CAM

Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Manufacture technologies provide dentists with a high-quality, accurate design of items that need to be made. The most common dental items that can now be created using this design technology include crowns, veneers, bridges, and onlays/inlays.

Laser Dentistry

The benefit of laser dentistry is that it offers a much less invasive alternative to many procedures. The light energy that is emitted from lasers results in a shortened and almost painless healing period. This option is commonly available for the treatment of benign tumors, cold sores, crown lengthening, decay removal, gummy smile changes, dental fillings, tongue tie and speech impediment improvements, nerve regeneration for damaged nerves and blood vessels and scars, certain conditions related to sleep apnea, TMJ and tooth sensitivity.

Sedation Dentistry

Traditional dental sedation involves IV needles and injections. Patients who were afraid of the dentist were even more fearful because of the use of needles. With oral sedation, there are no needles and the patient remains at some level of consciousness. This low state of consciousness allows the patient to respond to the dentist while being relaxed during a dental procedure.

Dental Implants

The dental implant procedure is now a routine procedure that offers more stability and support than prior versions. With the use of titanium, the implants are easily grafted into the jaw bone tissue, causing little or no allergic reactions or rejection. Titanium is also strong and durable. Now, there are also same-day crowns, so patients can get both the implant and the crown that goes on top of it in the same day. This is a huge improvement from traditional implants where patients must wait at least 6 months for the crown to be made.

Air-Abrasion

Many people have negative views of the dental office. The needles, the smell and of course, the horrible sound of the drill. With air-abrasion, the traumatizing dental drill is a thing of the past. Air-abrasion removes decayed teeth without the use of anesthetic. This technique is done by the blasting of air pellets and aluminum oxide onto the tooth and gums.

CAT Scans

CAT scans allow dentists to accurately place various restorative dental devices such as dentures. CAT scans work well with the 3-D imaging available with digital photography and x-rays. The combination of these technologies allow dentists to have a clear view of the bone and jaw structure of the mouth.

Digital X-rays

Just like digital photography, digital x-rays use computers to capture high-quality images of the patient’s mouth. Unlike traditional x-rays that involved a lot of bulky equipment and the exposure of potentially harmful radiation.

Intraoral Camera

Intraoral cameras are tiny cameras that can fit inside a patient’s mouth. Dentists and patients can now make better informed dental decisions because they can now see and view images of what is going on inside a patient’s mouth.

Composite Resins

Next time you need to get a filling, you now have an option for composite fillings instead of the traditional gold or amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are easier to apply, are more durable and look better. Dentists can now apply composite resin directly to the tooth and shape and color it to make it look like part of the natural tooth.

Digital Photography

Gone are the days of low-quality, film photography. Now photography is digital, using computers to manipulate photos. Dentists use digital photography, for instance to show patients what they would look like after a certain dental procedure. This is great for the patient by helping them to determine whether the procedure is worth it or not and whether it will meet the patient’s expectations or goals.

The dental experience is not what it used to be. It involves a lot less pain, has faster service and quicker recovery time. At LeDowns Dentistry, we strive to stay abreast of the latest dental technology and best practices. Call us today to make an appointment or learn how our advanced dental technology and extensive dental expertise can give you a pleasant dental experience.

Guiding Your Child Through Tooth Loss

guidingyour-child-trough-tooth-lossFor adults, tooth loss is never something to look forward to. Whether it is from injury or poor oral hygiene, our teeth are important, so we tend to want to keep them. However, for a child, losing a tooth is exciting and means a visit from the tooth fairy. Children are proud to show off a wiggly tooth and will flash a toothless smile with enthusiasm and pride. This is a major milestone in your toddler’s life. It is the mouth’s natural process to prepare for permanent “adult” teeth.

This is also a major milestone for parents. When your child starts to lose their baby teeth, it is one of the biggest steps to them no longer… well… being your “baby.” They have now hit the “big kid” stage of life. The circumstances involving the loss of a tooth are unique for each child, knowing the right steps to take as a parent will help you guide your child seamlessly through this exciting, but often a little scary, time.

The Process of Toddler Tooth Loss

Each person starts life with 20 baby teeth, which usually show themselves fully by the age of three. They will most likely fall out in the same order they came in, first to the party, first to leave. Of course, this does not include tooth loss from injury. Wobbly toddler + coffee table edge (can often) = early loss of a baby tooth. Barring any unforeseen forces, your toddler should start losing their baby teeth around the age of five.

Permanent teeth will start to push the baby teeth below to take its place. Keep in mind, the earlier your child’s teeth come in the earlier they will start to fall out. Your child’s first tooth will most likely be either the lower or upper incisors (front teeth) and will be the first teeth to jump ship. The rest will follow.

How to Prepare Your Child for Tooth Loss

Always be positive. This goes back to the mention of tooth loss being not exactly sought after in adults. Educating them on why and how before they get their first loose tooth will help keep them from becoming afraid when it happens. There are many children’s story books that can help your child see tooth loss as an adventure. Or, you can create your own story where the hero, princess, prince, lovable-swamp monster… you get the idea, let them know that losing a tooth is “fun’ and part of becoming a “big kid” (or a big-loveable-swamp monster).

Encourage the Wiggles

Usually, parents are telling their child to “stop wiggling,” but the opposite goes for baby teeth. If you encourage them to gently wiggle a loose tooth it allows the root underneath to disintegrate completely. However, make sure they do not try to pull the tooth out before it is ready to on its own, this will help avoid infection.

There Might be Pain

A loose tooth may cause some discomfort, and the surrounding gums can often become swollen and tender. This should resolve itself when the tooth breaks free from the tissue. If your child is in serious pain, you can apply a cold compress to the area or give them age appropriate painkillers, such as children’s ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

When teaching your child what to expect during this important time of life, you can remind them how important it is to maintain good oral hygiene, especially when they start to lose their baby teeth. Successfully losing a tooth can be rewarded to encourage dental habits, such as a visit from the tooth fairy.

If you have any questions on how to guide your child through tooth loss, how to teach a child good dental habits, or have concerns about delayed tooth loss (no loss by the age of 8 years old), contact our office today and let our friendly and knowledgeable staff put your mind at ease during this milestone in life.

In-Office Dental Teeth Whitening

SmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmileYou have a special occasion coming up in a few weeks and you’re putting together the final touches of your outfit together. You look at yourself in the mirror and notice that the years of drinking your morning cup of coffee is catching up to your smile. Your pearly whites are no longer as bright as they use to be.

Now you’re wondering if you should try those at home whitening or bite the bullet and try the in-office professional teeth whitening by your dentist.

Disadvantages of At-Home Teeth Whitening

While at-home teeth whitening kits come in a variety of forms and are the less expensive alternative to in-office teeth whitening, they have significant disadvantages that may not be worth their reduced costs. While teeth whitening mouthwash and toothpaste can be considered at-tome teeth whitening treatments, most people turn to teeth whitening kits to do the job. The most common forms of teeth whitening kits include those with bleaching trays or adhesive bleaching strips you apply onto your teeth. The biggest disadvantages of teeth whitening kits include:

Time

At-home teeth whitening kits take significantly longer than in-office professional teeth whitening at a dentist office. This is mainly because the concentration of the bleaching agents in at-home whitening kits are less than that which is used at a dental office under the supervision of a dentist. At-home teeth whitening kits also lack the specialized lights and lasers that only dental professionals can use that accelerates the activity of the bleaching agents and, therefore, the overall teeth whitening process.

Though at-home kits claim to be easy to use and apply, most still require some know-how for proper application. Only a dentist can get to those hard-to-reach places and properly apply the bleaching agent.

At-home teeth whitening kits in general take longer to apply and see results. They are best for those who aren’t in a hurry to get a whiter smile.

Not as Effective

As with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Teeth whitening is no different. At-home teeth whitening kits are cheap because they take longer to produce results and they aren’t as effective as in-office teeth whitening. They tend to whiten the surface of the teeth which makes for short-lived results. At in-office teeth whitening, the bleaching agent is able to penetrate deeper levels of the tooth enamel and a higher concentration of bleaching agent is used. The activity of the bleaching agent is enhanced with the light of lasers.

How Do Dentists Whiten Your Teeth?

In-Office Bleaching

Typical in-office dental teeth whitening, also referred to as “chairside bleaching” involves the dentist using a highly potent bleaching agent which may be accompanied by the use of a light or laser to accelerate the activity of the bleaching agent. Usually, the dentist will first apply a protective gel on your gums to protect them from uncomfortable and potentially damaging effects of the bleaching agent. An in-office teeth whitening procedure requires only one office visit.

The Kor Whitening System

At LeDowns Dentistry as well as a few, select dentist offices across the United States, the Kor Whitening System is used as an alternative to traditional in-office whitening. This form of in-office whitening doesn’t use lights or lasers and is more effective. It produces less uncomfortable side effects which makes it a great option for patients with sensitive teeth and gums.

The Kor Whitening System uses bleaching gel that is significantly more resistant to saliva and its whitening effect. The gel is put into trays that your feet fit snuggly into. More information about the Kor Whitening System can be found on their website.

If you want quick, effective in-office teeth whitening that won’t cause irritation, contact us. The Kor Whitening System may be the best whitening system for you. At LeDowns Dentistry we want you to have the healthiest, brightest smile possible whether that be for an upcoming special event or for the everyday.