If you want to lighten your teeth or to remove discolorations and/or stains, a tooth whitening solution through your dentist may be the answer. Tooth whitening systems are some of the most widely accepted and most popular cosmetic dental procedures available to patients. They provide quick results on your road to a beautifully restored smile. Milford Dental Care in Highland, MI, offers the Ultradent Opalescence take-home whitening system for patients looking for a whiter smile.
Why Do Patients in Highland, MI need teeth whitening?
Every tooth has a thin outer layer called enamel. Your tooth’s natural color comes from a combination of the reflection and scattering of light which comes off this enamel and the natural color of the dentin which lies underneath the enamel. Enamel can vary from person to person and the smoothness and thickness of it is determined by a person’s genes. If you have thinner enamel, more of the dentin’s color can show through. The reflection of light (and therefore the color) is affected also by the smoothness/roughness of your enamel.
A question you might have is “How do stains form on my teeth?”. The answer is straightforward. Each day there is a thin coat which forms over your enamel. This thin coat can pick up stains. Also, enamel is porous, and these pores have the ability to retain stains. Stains can also occur within the tooth (called intrinsic stains). Intrinsic stains can occur, for instance, if a child’s developing teeth were exposed to an excess of fluoride or trauma.
With surface stains, there are multiple factors that contribute to the staining of your teeth, which include:
- Smoking and the use of tobacco products
- Drinking liquids which are dark in color. These include dark sodas (Cola), coffee, tea & red wine
- Not taking good care of your teeth. This includes neglecting to brush, floss and rinse as well as not coming into your dentist for regular cleanings and exams.
Tooth whitening solutions are going to be more effective on surface (also called extrinsic) stains than they are on intrinsic stains.
The Ultradent Opalescence teeth whitening system
The Ultradent Opalescence teeth whitening take home solution is great for all patients, even for those with sensitive teeth. The gel that is used contains potassium nitrate and fluoride which are ideal for whitening even the most sensitive of teeth. When you go into Milford Dental Care, you will have impressions taken of your teeth, from which custom-fit trays will be crafted. This ensures a natural, comfortably snug fit. You will also be given Opalescence whitening gel which is prescribed specifically to the strength that you need. This gel is sticky and stays on the teeth without moving to the soft tissues. This ensures there is no irritation of the gums. This system is preferable over laser whitening treatments because, with lasers, your enamel can become dehydrated and the bright white color can often regress shortly after. With Ultradent Opalescence teeth whitening, the results are dependable and long lasting. Another great feature of this system is that it can be catered to your lifestyle. As little as 15 minutes of daytime wear may be required and then they can be worn overnight as you sleep.
There is no need to have shame over teeth what have dulled in their color or appear stained. With Ultradent Opalescence, Milford Dental Care offers you a solution that has resulted in brilliantly white teeth. If you are interested in restoring your smile, please set up an appointment today by calling (248) 845-4575.Back to Teeth Whitening Page