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Whether performed in a dental office or using a home kit, teeth whitening applications are quite effective for bleaching exterior (extrinsic) stains on enamel surfaces. But what if your discoloration comes from inside the tooth? In this case, extrinsic teeth whitening won’t work — you’ll need to undergo an “internal bleaching” method, which can only be performed in a dentist's office.
There are a number of causes for “intrinsic” staining, including too much fluoride exposure or tetracycline use during childhood. One of the more common causes, though, occurs from root canal treatments used to remove the remnants of the pulp tissue inside a tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. Certain cements used during the procedure to help seal in the filling material and leftover blood pigments can cause the tooth to darken over time.
To alleviate this discoloration, we use a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate mixed with a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide to achieve a safe, accelerated color change. After determining that the root canal filling is still intact and the bone is healthy, we create a small cavity in the back of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The chamber is cleaned of any debris or stained material and then thoroughly irrigated. The original root canal filling is then sealed off to prevent leakage from the bleaching agent.
We then place the bleaching agent in the cleaned-out space with a cotton pellet and seal it in with a temporary adhesive. This step is repeated for several days until we achieve the desired shade of white. Once that occurs we then seal the dentin with a more permanent filling and then restore the cavity we created with a composite resin bonded to the enamel and dentin.
If we’re successful in achieving the desired color, intrinsic whitening could help you avoid more costly options like veneers or crowns for an otherwise healthy and attractive tooth. The end result would be the same — a beautiful smile without those unsightly stains.
If you would like more information on treating internal tooth stains, 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 “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”
If you look in the mirror and see a tired, worn, misaligned, or discolored smile, you may benefit from cosmetic dentistry. This facet of dentistry allows you to pick and choose how you want your smile to appear, alter your look, and give yourself the chance to feel great about the way you look. Find out more about cosmetic dentistry and what it can do for you with Dr. Toan Bui at Transcendental in Clifton, NJ.
What are some common cosmetic dentistry procedures?
- Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is a popular solution for people with discolored or yellowed teeth. The treatment usually takes less than an hour and can lift the color of your teeth by up to ten shades.
- Veneers: They are a porcelain dental restoration which your dentist attaches to the front surface of the tooth. Veneers are versatile, achieving anything from repairing a small chip to overhauling your entire smile for a totally new look.
- Lumineers: While veneers require preparation of the teeth, Lumineers are a non-invasive option to change the appearance of your smile used in the same way as dental veneers.
- Cosmetic Bonding and Contouring: Cosmetic bonding uses composite resin materials molded directly onto the surface of the tooth to change its appearance. Contouring goes hand-in-hand with bonding and is used to reshape the bonded tooth.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Clifton, NJ
Cosmetic dentistry can transform your smile. If you think you can benefit from a cosmetic procedure, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best course of treatment for you. A good candidate for cosmetic dentistry has no teeth decay or gum disease and has a great at-home oral care routine to ensure their teeth remain healthy and clean.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry or how it can help you, please contact Dr. Toan Bui at Transcendental in Clifton, NJ. Call (973) 458-9899 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bui today!
Bright, naturally white teeth are a key component in a beautiful smile. But the opposite is also true: nothing diminishes an otherwise attractive smile more than stained or discolored teeth.
There is good news, however, about tooth staining: it can be greatly reduced with the right whitening technique. But before taking action we need to first uncover the cause for the staining — whether from the outside or inside of the tooth, or a combination of both.
If it’s an external cause — known as extrinsic staining — our diet is usually the source. Foods and beverages that contain tannins, like red wine, coffee or tea fall in this category, as do foods with pigments called carotenes as found in carrots and oranges. Besides limiting consumption of stain-causing foods and maintaining daily oral hygiene, you can also diminish extrinsic staining with a bleaching application.
There are two basic ways to approach this: with either a professional application at our office or with a home kit purchased at a pharmacy or retail store. Although both types use similar chemicals, the professional application is usually stronger and the whitening effect is obtained quicker and may last longer.
Discoloration can also occur within a tooth, known as intrinsic staining, and for various reasons. It can occur during tooth development, as with childhood overexposure to fluoride or from the antibiotic tetracycline. Poor development of enamel or dentin (the main sources of natural tooth color), tooth decay, root canal treatments or trauma are also common causes of intrinsic discoloration.
There are techniques to reduce the effects of intrinsic staining, such as placing a bleaching agent inside the tooth following a root canal treatment. In some cases, the best approach may be to restore the tooth with a crown or porcelain veneer. The latter choice is a thin layer of dental material that is permanently bonded to the outer, visible portion of the tooth: it’s life-like color and appearance covers the discoloration, effectively renewing the person’s smile.
If you’ve been embarrassed by stained teeth, visit us for a complete examination. We’ll recommend the right course of action to turn your dull smile into a bright, attractive one.
If you would like more information on treatments for teeth staining, 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.”
Are you in need of teeth whitening at Clifton, NJ?
Cracks, dents and chips aren't the only thing ruining your smile. Discolored and yellowed teeth also ruin it for many people, but your dentist Dr. Toan Bui can help.
Professional Whitening Methods
- In-Office Whitening: This technique uses high-concentration bleaching gels that aren't available over the counter and offers fast results. A protective barrier is placed over gums and tooth-root surfaces to protect them from the gel, then a plastic device, a retractor, holds lips and cheeks away from bleaching gel applied on teeth. The bleaching gel consists of hydrogen peroxide and whitens teeth in about an hour.
- Take-Home Whitening: This is perhaps a more convenient method for busy individuals who can't make it to the dentist's office, but it will take longer, perhaps several weeks, to get results. This method involves your doctor making a custom-made mouth tray, one for the top and another for the bottom teeth. You'll fill those trays with teeth whitening gel then placed over teeth and left for an hour.
Advantages of Teeth Whitening in Clifton:
- It's the most economical cosmetic dental procedure
- Effective in brightening your smile: It lightens teeth three to eight shades in a single hour
- Professionally supervised teeth whitening works faster
- It's safer than over-the-counter products because it protects sensitive gums and tooth-root surfaces
Caring for Your Whitened Smile
- Visit your doctor for routine checkups and professional cleanings every 3 to 6 months
- Avoid eating certain food that stain your teeth like blueberries and blackberries
- Avoid drinking too much tea and coffee
- Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco
- Floss and brush your teeth after every meal, and make sure you change your toothbrush every 3 months or when bristles are frayed
- Try using fluoride-containing toothpaste and mouthwash
Are you sick of hiding your smile? Professional Teeth Whitening can make you love your teeth. Call our Clifton, NJ office today at (973) 458-9899 for more info!
Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”