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Brighter Promises in Oral Care
Dr. SmigelYouth, health and beauty — Americans have long believed that sparkling white teeth offer these long sought-after attributes and consequently tooth whitening has evolved rapidly in the dental community. Over 81% of all dentists today offer cosmetic tooth-whitening treatments. Despite this fast-paced growth, many patients — including some of my own — are still confused over which whitening procedures to try, so I have attempted to explain the pros and cons of all of the options to help make an educated decision.

Common Questions:

“Are all whitening methods safe? Are there any long-term side effects? How white will my teeth get? How long will my whitening results last?”

First it is important to understand that there are two types of stains, intrinsic and extrinsic.

An intrinsic stain comes from within the tooth. A few examples are: the natural yellowing of teeth that occur with age. The yellow is the inherent dentin color, now visible because the enamel has worn off. Medicinal stains like tetracycline and other antibiotics, and Fluorosis (too much fluoride). Extrinsic stains are superficial stains caused by coffee, tea, tobacco, and red wine. Basically, anything that will stain a white shirt will stain your teeth.

Power Whitening
Power tooth whitening is by far the most effective and expensive whitening procedure in dentistry today. Many dental health professionals are using an FDA-registered light activated whitening system. These systems are the only patented method that can safely whiten teeth up to seven shades.

Advantages:

  • Fast, convenient and extremely effective.
  • Effectively treats some tetracycline stains, iron deposits and fluoride stains.
  • Administered by a certified dentist or hygienist, the procedure is safe and monitored throughout.

Disadvantages:

  • Some patients experience sensitivity within the first 24 hours.
  • The procedure is expensive and must be maintained with a whitening toothpaste such as Supersmile Whitening Toothpaste or regression will occur as soon as you start going back to old habits of consuming tooth staining food.

Professional Quality Home Whitening: A Cost-effective, Intelligent Choice
The most cost-effective bleaching alternative is dentist-supervised professional take-home bleaching.

After a full check up, a dental health professional takes impressions and creates custom-fitted bleaching trays. Your typical take-home kit will include trays, instructions and four to ten syringes filled with bleaching gel.

Advantages:

  • This is the most popular method of bleaching your teeth — because it’s practical and affordable.
  • Removes mild, intrinsic stains and naturally whitens yellowing teeth (typically at least three shades lighter) with a high degree of safety.

Disadvantages:

  • Patient compliance — this is something you must commit time to.
  • Patients may experience sensitivity.
  • This process cannot remove iron deposit stains, or intrinsic stains caused by antibiotics or deep fluoride discolorations.

At Home Treatments: Quick, Easy and Effective
Home treatments are a perfect option when you lack the time for lengthy dental procedures or messy trays. The Supersmile Professional Whitening System is the latest development in the industry today that is quick, easy and effective. I developed it to whiten teeth just by brushing. It is gentle, effective, and provides total oral care as well.

The Supersmile Professional Whitening System combines equal parts Supersmile Whitening Toothpaste and Whitening Accelerator Component. The combination of the proprietary ingredient Calprox in the toothpaste and the carbamide peroxide of the whitening component work together to dramatically whiten teeth. Since you brush your teeth everyday anyway, this way you gently, safely bleach them to their optimum whiteness. There is no chance of over-bleaching or sensitivity. The Professional Whitening System works to restore veneers, crowns and dental restorations to their original whiteness. It maintains whitening results already achieved and prevents new stains from forming.

Advantages:

  • No messy trays or mouthpieces.
  • No strips that only go over the front six teeth.
  • No sensitivity or chance of over-bleaching.
  • Restores crowns, bonding and veneers to their original color.
  • Lightens all teeth simultaneously and increases overall dental health.
  • Great maintenance and enhancement for professionally bleached teeth.

Disadvantages:

  • None unless immediate results are desired.
  • May not be as effective on tetracycline and other intrinsic stains. Results achieved more slowly.

Dr. Irwin Smigel, D.D.S. As a pioneer of modern cosmetic dentistry, and a renowned educator in the field, Dr. Smigel has developed and refined techniques that have become the standard for dentists around the world. He invented the revolutionary SuperSmile line of whitening products — the world’s first to whiten teeth without harmful bleaches or harsh abrasives. .
 
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