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By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
September 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

You’ve been embarrassed for a while now by your yellowed, dull teeth. You’re ready for a change.

There’s a simple and cost-effective way to make that change: you can temporarily brighten your smile with teeth whitening, possibly at home. But before you try it, you should first have a dental examination to find out if whitening is the right choice for you.

First off, healthy teeth with outer enamel staining are the best candidates for whitening. Teeth and gums with tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease should be treated first before undergoing whitening. A dental exam will uncover any health issues you may have with your mouth.

In the same vein, you’ll want to consider whitening carefully if you have dental work like veneers, crowns or implants. Unlike natural teeth, these non-biological materials won’t be affected by the bleaching agent. We can discuss any potential for color mismatch between your whitened natural teeth and your dental work during your examination.

A dental exam can also uncover one other crucial fact — what kind of tooth staining you have. There are two basic types: extrinsic, staining on the outside enamel as we’ve mentioned earlier; and intrinsic, staining that originates from inside a tooth. The whitening kits you purchase from a store and even some of the whitening techniques we use in the office only diminish extrinsic, not intrinsic staining. To address an intrinsically-stained tooth requires a much more involved, invasive clinical technique only performed by dental professionals.

Finally, a dental examination is a good discussion forum for helping you decide between a home kit and a clinical procedure. While DIY kits are effective for the most part, you won’t be able to precisely control the degree of brightness like we can. This could be important if you want a specific shade of whiteness, from a more subtle and natural shade to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. Shade control could also help minimize color mismatch with dental work.

In the end, we want to help you make the best choice for teeth whitening. Even if you decide to pursue whitening at home, we can offer you valuable advice on what to look for when you buy a kit and how to use it. That alone could help ensure you get the new, bright smile you desire!

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 “Important Teeth Whitening Questions…Answered!

By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
July 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Do-it-yourself (DIY) whitening kits are a popular option for restoring a healthy shine to stained and dulled teeth. They're relatively safe and generally live up to their packaging claims.

But a home kit might not always be your best option. Here are 4 reasons why DIY whitening might not be right for you.

You're on the early side of your teen years. Tooth whitening at home is quite popular with teenagers. For older teens it doesn't really pose a dental risk as long as you use the product appropriately (more on that in a moment). However, the immature enamel of younger teens' permanent teeth is still developing and can be vulnerable to damage by whitening processes.

You don't follow instructions well. Not to say you have this particular character quirk — but if you do you may run into trouble with DIY whitening. Home kits are safe if you follow their instructions carefully. If you use them to excess as one 13-year old boy was reported to have done, you could severely (and permanently) erode your teeth's protective enamel.

Your teeth are in need of dental work. Tooth whitening can't fix everything that may be contributing to an unattractive smile. It's always better to have issues like dental disease or chipped teeth addressed first before whitening. And, if your tooth discoloration originates from inside your tooth, a whitening kit won't help — they're only designed for staining on the enamel's outside surface. You'll need a special dental procedure to whiten internal (or intrinsic) tooth staining.

You want to control the amount of brightness. Home kits don't have the level of fine-tuning that a clinical procedure can achieve. While the bleaching agent in a professional whitening solution is much stronger than a home kit, your dentist is trained in techniques that can vary the amount of bleaching, from a softer white to dazzling “Hollywood” bright. And clinical whitening usually takes fewer sessions and may last longer than a home kit.

If you're interested in teeth whitening, see your dentist for a dental examination first before purchasing a DIY kit. Even if you decide to do it yourself, your dentist can give you buying advice for whitening kits, as well as how-to tips.

If you would like more information on tooth 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
March 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your cosmetic dentists in Fort Worth, Texas, want you to knowteeth whitening

If you want a brilliant white smile, a professional teeth whitening treatment is one of the best choices you can make. That’s because your teeth will be much whiter with professional teeth whitening, up to 8 shades whiter, than with over-the-counter treatments. The results last longer too, even up to 5 years; over-the-counter results typically last only a few months. Dr. William Ralstin and Dr. Lindsey Horwedel, your cosmetic dentists in Fort Worth, Texas, want to share what teeth whitening can do for your smile.

Your cosmetic dentists in Fort Worth use the revolutionary KöR whitening system, which provides amazing results without the use of lasers or lights. The KöR system is different because it utilizes high-potency whitening gels with a unique system of application. The KöR system combines an in-office procedure with take-home whitening to produce outstanding results.

For more information about the KöR system and to see some amazing before-and-after photos, check out the KöR whitening website at

You can benefit from a teeth whitening treatment, even if you smoke and drink coffee. The truth is, professional teeth whitening can take away what the years and bad habits have done to your smile.

If you are having cosmetic procedures done, you should whiten first. That’s because after your teeth are as white as you want them, your cosmetic dentists will match your new restorations to your newly whitened smile. This creates a seamless, harmonious smile.

You don’t have to settle for your aging, stained smile. You can put the beauty back into your smile thanks to professional teeth whitening. Don’t see just anyone for conventional teeth whitening. Talk with the experts who use KöR whitening. Call Dr. William Ralstin and Dr. Lindsey Horwedel, your cosmetic dentists in Fort Worth, Texas. Get started on a bright smile by calling today!

By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
November 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

With the advent of home whitening kits, you no longer have to go to the dentist to have your teeth whitened. DIY kits are relatively safe and effective, if you follow the directions carefully.

So, you might be thinking: why have a dentist whiten my teeth? Actually, there are good reasons why you might. Here are 4 of them.

We'll make sure your teeth are healthy first. Your teeth may need some attention first, such as treatment for dental disease, before we undertake whitening. We'll also determine why your teeth are stained, which could impact how they're whitened (more about that in a moment).

Our application could take less time and last longer. Bleaching agents in home kits make up less than 10% of volume, much weaker than the applications we use. While it often takes several applications at home to achieve the desired brightness, you may only need one or two sessions with us. Our stronger solution may also extend the “fade time” — when the whitening begins to diminish — than what you may encounter with home whitening.

We can be more precise achieving the right shade. There are different shades of teeth whiteness — what looks good for someone else might not look good for you. We have the training and expertise to achieve a color that's right for you. What's more, we also have techniques and equipment like UV lighting that enables us to color match more precisely than you can with a home kit.

Your DIY kit can't alter some forms of staining. Home kits bleach only the outermost layers of tooth enamel. That won't help, though, if your discoloration originates inside the tooth. This intrinsic staining requires procedures only a dentist can perform to bleach the tooth from the inside out.

Even if you'd still like to use a home kit we'll be happy to advise you on purchasing and application. It's also a good idea to have us check the staining first to see if a home kit will work at all. In the end, we share the same desire as you do: that your teeth are as healthy as they can be and bright as you want them to be.

If you would like more information on tooth whitening options, 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By Fort Worth Smile
May 08, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

While it is possible to achieve some degree of teeth whitening at home with an over-the-counter teeth whitening product, if you want real whitening results in a short amount of time, a visit to your favorite cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth, William Ralstin, DDS, is often the best way to get them. Here is what you can expect.

How Teeth Whitening Works

First, your cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth will use a lip retractor to hold your mouth in an open position. Your dentist will then cover Teeth Whitening your lips, gums and cheeks with a protectant so they are not damaged or irritated during the procedure.

Once you and your mouth are ready, the dentist will apply a whitening gel to each tooth. This gel is then activated with light or heat for approximately 15 to 20 minutes while you relax and listen to music or watch TV. Once the treatment is up, you will rinse, spit and repeat. It is not unusual to undergo as many as three to four rounds over the course of one to two hours.

Each time you rinse and spit, the dentist will check your teeth to see how much they have whitened. With professional teeth whitening, you may see results as many as eight to ten shades whiter as soon as the treatment is done. There is no downtime. You can enjoy your new smile right away!

If you are not satisfied with the results or you would like additional whitening power, however, your dentist may send you home with an at-home whitening kit to use at home as well.

Professional teeth whitening is fast, safe, convenient and effective. If you want real results and you don't want to wait weeks or even months to get them, professional whitening from cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth is usually the best way to get optimal results.

Are you ready to see how amazing you could look with a bright, white smile? Call Dr. Ralstin's office to set up an appointment today!

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