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When making any decision regarding your health and wellness, you should always start by doing plenty of research. If you've considered professional teeth whitening, there is plenty of information online about how it works, costs, and how long it takes. If you still have some lingering questions about the whitening process, Dr. William Ralstin and Dr. Lindsay Horwedel of Ft. Worth, Texas, are here to help.
How much whiter will my teeth be afterward?
The amount your teeth will whiten depends on several factors, including the severity of the staining and the natural color of your teeth. Many of your Ft. Worth dentist's patients see a difference of six to eight shades brighter after a whitening session. Discussing your goals for a whiter smile with Dr. Ralstin or Dr. Horwedel will help you determine the best way to achieve them.
Will my teeth be sensitive after whitening?
Not everyone will experience sensitivity after teeth whitening, but many people do. Fortunately, this is a temporary side effect. It is caused by naturally-occurring minerals in the teeth being cleared away with the whitening solution. These minerals keep the inside of the teeth insulated from hot and cold temperatures, so you may experience some degree of sensitivity for a few days after your treatment while the teeth remineralize. Using a toothpaste designed to reduce sensitivity along with a soft-bristled toothbrush makes the process quicker and easier.
How long will my teeth be white?
Now that you have a bright new smile, you want it to last as long as possible! First, choosing a professional whitening treatment like those offered by your Ft. Worth dentist is an excellent investment; the high-quality, concentrated gel we use is designed to produce more dramatic and longer-lasting results than what you'd get from drugstore products. There are also steps you can take once you leave Dr. Ralstin’s and Dr. Horwedel’s office. Avoid stain-causing foods and beverages to ensure the longevity of your whitening treatment. Take care of your teeth daily with good quality whitening toothpaste and a non-abrasive brush.
To schedule a whitening treatment with Dr. William Ralstin or Dr. Lindsay Horwedel, contact our dental office in Ft. Worth, Texas today!
Like other aspects of our lives, aging can take a toll on our smile. Over a lifetime the effects of disease, teeth wearing and the foods we eat can cause our teeth and gums to look unattractive.
Here are 3 of the most common age-related dental problems and how we can help you "turn back the clock" on each one.
Discoloration. Teeth can dull and grow darker over time. And not just from what we eat or drink—age-related structural changes in the tooth can also cause discoloration. We can often alleviate external staining temporarily with teeth whitening. If the staining is heavy or it originates inside the tooth, then we can install life-like porcelain veneers or crowns to cover the discoloration. We can also use composite dental materials to alter the color of one darkened tooth so that it doesn't stand out from the rest of your teeth.
Wearing. Our teeth naturally wear down over time. If the wearing is excessive, though, teeth can look shorter and less youthful. Again, we can use veneers or crowns to change a tooth's outward appearance and make them look longer. We can also employ enamel contouring and reshaping that smoothes out sharper edges caused by wearing to give your teeth a softer, more youthful look.
Receding gums. On the other end of the spectrum, gums that have shrunk back or receded from the teeth can make them look much larger and unattractive. Our first step is to treat any gum disease present—the most common cause of recession—which often helps the tissues to regenerate. If your case is more advanced, though, you may also need grafting surgery to restore lost gum tissue. Using in-depth microsurgical techniques, surgeons attach grafted gum tissue at the recession site. Over time new tissue will grow, restoring adequate gum coverage.
You can also improve your appearance at any age with orthodontics. Besides a more attractive smile, properly aligned teeth tend to wear more slowly and evenly. This and proper daily oral hygiene and regular dental care can keep your teeth looking younger even in your later years.
If you would like more information on gaining a more youthful smile, 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 “How Your Dentist can help you Look Younger.”
How cosmetic dentistry from your dentists in Fort Worth, Texas, can help your smile
If you aren’t proud of your smile, it’s time to rejuvenate it with cosmetic dentistry services. No matter what bothers you about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure to help you and your smile look great! Call Drs. William Ralstin and Lindsey Horwedel in Fort Worth, TX, to achieve a smile that you a smile you can be proud of!
More about Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry can help brighten your smile with a professional whitening treatment. Consider professional teeth whitening if your smile is yellow, stained, or dull. The results are dramatic, often whitening smiles up to 8 shades whiter. The results last a long time too, even up to 5 years! It’s time to stop using over-the-counter products and choose professional teeth whitening to give you a bright smile that lasts!
Cosmetic dentistry can also repair your damaged teeth with dental bonding. Consider dental bonding to repair or reshape the contours of your teeth if they are broken, damaged, or just poorly-shaped. Bonding uses composite, a unique liquid resin that can be matched to the color of your teeth, and sculpted into shape to form natural, beautiful contours. The resin is hardened with an ultraviolet light so the result is a strong, hard, tooth restoration treatment. Recontouring and reshaping is often done in conjunction with bonding to create a more harmonious smile that is uniquely yours.
Through porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry can additionally give you a dramatically improved, gorgeous smile. Consider porcelain veneers to change the color and shape of your teeth, as well as to hide minor alignment problems in your smile. Veneers are thin laminates of sparkling porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth to hide issues like cracks, chips, or fracture lines. They can even hide tooth overlap and gaps between your teeth to give you a perfect smile!
Professional teeth whitening, dental bonding, and porcelain veneers are just a few of the many cosmetic dental services available to give you a great-looking smile. To find out more about cosmetic dentistry, call (817) 926-8700 for Drs. William Ralstin and Lindsey Horwedel in Fort Worth, Texas today!
Transforming your smile doesn’t necessarily require complex treatments like orthodontics, dental implants or porcelain veneers. Sometimes a little brightness can mean all the difference in the world.
Bleaching (or teeth whitening) is a proven method for dealing with tooth discoloration and staining. Nearly all whitening products, whether home or professional, contain the bleaching agent carbamide peroxide or its breakdown product hydrogen peroxide. These agents effectively diminish staining deep within a tooth (intrinsic) or on the enamel surface (extrinsic), although intrinsic staining will require a more invasive office procedure.
If you have extrinsic staining you have three basic options: dental office bleaching, a retail home kit or a kit purchased from a dentist. Again, you’ll find the same basic bleaching agents in each of these versions. The difference will be the concentration: home kits contain about 10% agent by volume, while the office application will be a much higher range of 15% to 35% (which may also employ specialized lights or lasers to increase the bleaching effect). As a result, an office bleaching may take only a visit or two to achieve the desired brightness while a home kit about two or three weeks.
Whitening is a more economical route for smile enhancement of otherwise sound teeth than other measures. But there are other considerations you should weigh before undergoing a procedure. Whitening isn’t a permanent fix — the brightness will diminish over time, optimally six months to a year in what dentists call the “fade rate.” You can slow this process by avoiding or limiting foods and habits that cause staining.
If you have other dental work — crowns, bridgework or fillings — it may be difficult to achieve a tint level that matches these restorations, especially at home. And while whitening is relatively safe (as long as you’re using your kit as directed), you may experience tooth sensitivity, gum irritation or other minor oral side effects.
Before you decide on whitening, visit us first for a complete dental examination. From there we can advise you on whether whitening is a good smile enhancement choice for you.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Teeth Whitening.”
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.