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By Robert Wick, DDS
May 21, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth whitening is one of today's most popular and effective cosmetic dental treatments. Offered by your Hayward, CA, dentist, Dr. Robert Wick, professional teeth whitening can help you achieve a brighter, more youthful appearance. Rest assured; you'll receive expert care that leaves you smiling.

Stains, stains, stains

Yes, they accumulate over the years. Smoking, dark foods and beverages, and simple aging are the commonest causes, but fortunately, these discolorations also are the easiest to remedy. Here's why.

Most dental stains are composed of organic matter which catches in tooth enamel. Enamel is a network of highly calcified fibers, much like a piece of cotton cloth or burlap, except that the network is rock-hard. Food residues, tobacco, and other material build up, and over time teeth appear several shades darker than they once did.

Additionally, teeth may darken from oral injury, root canal therapy, or abscess. If these conditions cause teeth to change color, professional teeth whitening in Hayward will not solve the problems; only restorative treatments will.

If you desire a whiter smile, Dr. Wick will examine your teeth and gums to confirm they are healthy enough for the procedure. Smiles with many restorations such as crowns, fillings, and veneers generally are not good candidates, and people who have gum problems must have those addressed first before undergoing any cosmetic dental treatment.

Your whitening options

If you are a candidate for professional whitening, you have two choices: in-office whitening and at-home whitening. Both kinds render similar results: enamel that is several shades brighter.

In-office whitening takes a single two-hour visit during which the dentist swabs on powerful hydrogen peroxide gel and activates it with a special light. At-home whitening uses a less concentrated gel applied via acrylic trays. The trays are worn for several days in a row for a specifically prescribed time each day.

Each method protects the soft tissues of the mouth, including the gums, from sensitivity issues, a frequent and uncomfortable result of over-the-counter strips and shopping mall treatments. Dr. Wick will explain your options to you so you make an informed choice.

After whitening

Expect dramatic results which last indefinitely if you:

  • Brush, floss, and get six-month cleanings and examinations with Dr. Wick
  • Undergo whitening touch-ups when needed
  • Forego tobacco
  • Limit staining drinks and foods (you can drink your tea, coffee, or cola with a straw)

Learn more

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that people who undergo professional teeth whitening generally feel better about their personal appearance. Would you like to be more confident when you smile? Then, contact Dr. Wick in Hayward, CA, for a teeth whitening consultation: (510) 782-1444. You will love the results!

By Robert Wick, DDS
February 03, 2017
Category: Health

Would you like to whiten your smile, but aren't sure if whitening would be a good choice? Dr. Robert Wick, your Hayward, CA, dentist, teeth whiteningdiscusses teeth whitening treatment and explains how you can tell if you're a good candidate.

Teeth whitening in Hayward, CA

Hydrogen peroxide, the key ingredient in most teeth whitening products, removes surface stains caused by foods and beverages or brightens teeth that have become duller as a result of aging. Professional teeth whitening agents are stronger than those you can buy at the drugstore and work much faster. Dentists offer both in-office whitening and take-home kits for your convenience.

Is teeth whitening right for me?

Teeth whitening treatment is a good option if:

  • Your Teeth Are Clean: Hydrogen peroxide doesn't penetrate tartar, a hard deposit that forms on your teeth. If you have tartar, you may notice gray, brown or yellow spots on your teeth that don't go away with brushing. A professional dental cleaning before teeth whitening will remove tartar.
  • You're Over the Age of 16: Teeth whitening agents may cause too much sensitivity in teenagers and children.
  • You Don't Have Any Dental Restorations: Whitening agents have no effect on crowns, bridges, veneers and other dental restorations. If you want to whiten your teeth anyway, you can get new restorations to match your new smile.
  • Your Teeth Are Healthy: You don't have gum disease, enamel erosion or cavities. These issues must be treated before you can undergo whitening.
  • You Don't Have Receding Gums: Whitening agents aren't applied to tooth roots exposed by receding gums. If you have exposed roots and whiten your teeth, you'll have a two-tone smile. See your dentist if your gums have started to recede, as the condition can be a symptom of gum disease.
  • Your Teeth Aren't Extremely Sensitive: If your teeth are very sensitive, whitening may not be a good option. If you've experienced sensitivity using an over-the-counter product, don't assume that this will automatically be the case with professional teeth whitening. Before whitening, your dentist applies a protective gel to your gums to reduce sensitivity. Your dentist will let you know if he thinks that teeth whitening is a good choice if you have sensitive teeth.

Are you interested in finding out if you're a good candidate for teeth whitening? Dr. Call Dr. Wick, your Hayward, CA, dentist, at (510) 782-1444 to schedule your appointment.

Have you ever wondered if cosmetic dentistry could help you? If you've ever had a filling or improved your smile with professional teeth cosmetic dentistrywhitening, you've already taken advantage of cosmetic dentistry treatments. Dr. Robert Wick, your family dentist in Hayward, CA, shares information that will help you decide if you can benefit from one or more of these treatments.

What cosmetic dentistry is available in Hayward?

Cosmetic dentistry treatments improve the appearance of your smile and also restore normal function to teeth that have been damaged or weakened. Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a range of services, including:

  • Fillings: Fillings are probably the most well-known cosmetic dentistry treatment. They replace tooth structure that has decayed. Tooth-colored composite resin fillings offer a less noticeable option than traditional silver amalgam fillings.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Thin porcelain veneers cover chips and many other types of flaws, such as oddly shaped or discolored teeth. These wafer-thin shells are bonded to the fronts of your teeth and offer a simple way to make over your smile.
  • Teeth Whitening: When brushing alone isn't enough to keep your smile bright, professional teeth whitening can help. Most people only need one treatment to achieve a three- to eight-shade improvement.
  • Composite Bonding: Dentists use bonding to repair small defects in teeth, cover discolorations and completely change the appearance of teeth. Composite resin is used to bond teeth because it can be tinted to match the color of your teeth and becomes very hard when it cures.
  • Crowns and Bridges: Crowns correct cosmetic issues and also support and strengthen teeth that have been damaged or are fragile. Unlike veneers, crowns don't just conceal the front surfaces of your teeth, but also cover teeth on all four sides. Crowns are also used to make bridges, which are used to replace missing teeth.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants offer a more permanent solution to missing teeth than bridges because they fuse to your jawbone. Implants are more comfortable than other replacement options and are usually less expensive if you compare lifetime costs.

Could you benefit from a cosmetic dentistry treatment? Call Dr. Wick, your family dentist in Hayward, CA, at (510) 782-1444 to schedule an appointment.