You'd like to smile more and spontaneously, too. However, you have some deep stains that are so embarrassing that you simply don't smile. What can you do? Well, Dr. William Ralstin and Dr. Lindsey Horwedel, your Fort Worth, TX, cosmetic dentists, offer professional teeth whitening which works so well, you won't recognize your smile. Learn the details about this much sought-after aesthetic treatment and how it can help you look and feel your best.
What is professional teeth whitening?
Professional teeth whitening uses a highly concentrated form of hydrogen peroxide to bleach stained tooth enamel. Applied or supervised by your cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth this amazing treatment improves tooth color by as much as ten shades.
While commercial whitening toothpastes, rinses and strips can help tooth color to an extent, their side effects present serious drawbacks. The biggest problem with shopping mall or drugstore products is lingering dental and gingival (gum) sensitivity. With whitening performed by our dentists, however, you're assured that your teeth are healthy right at the start and that application of the whitening chemicals is precise and safe.
When you see your cosmetic dentist for a whitening consultation, they will examine your teeth and gums. Then, the dentist will discuss your options with you--either in-office or at-home whitening. Also, the doctor will explain the various KoR whitening products and recommend the one right for your dental stains.
In-office whitening is very popular because it is an in and out treatment which takes just about an hour. At-home options take longer as a less concentrated gel is applied daily using customized trays. Either way, you achieve the same white results.
Your white smile
Typically, several factors contribute to dull, discolored enamel. They include:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Dark beverages such as coffee, tea and wine
- Dark foods such as curry, blackberries and soy sauce
- Simple aging (enamel thins as we get older)
- Some prescriptions such as tetracycline, antihistamines and anti-hypertensives
- Overuse of fluoride (fluorosis)
- Poor oral hygiene habits
With professional whitening, the active ingredient lifts staining organic material right out of the tooth enamel. With KoR products, this ingredient is hydremide peroxide, an exceptionally effective oxidizing agent which requires no special laser light to activate.
Available in varying strengths, the Kor gel works well for typical dental stains and for those which are more difficult--those resulting from tetracycline, for instance. Whatever the product and application method you choose, count on your cosmetic dentists and their team to guide you through the process and give you amazing results.
To keep your smile white, avoid tobacco and limit staining foods. Also, brush and floss twice daily and get your six-month cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Ralstin or Dr. Horwedel as the American Dental Association recommends.
Find out more
For additional details on professional teeth whitening, call our award-winning dental team in Fort Worth, TX for a consultation: (817) 926-8700.