We all want a bright, white, movie star smile, but thanks to coffee, wine, smoking and many other lifestyle choices and genetic factors, we don’t all get what we want. There are some commercial tooth whitening pastes and treatments on the market, that you can purchase from pharmacies and supermarkets, but the truth is most of those products are far too weak to have any noticeable effect on your teeth. If you want to see real results, you need to turn to the professionals and undergo teeth whitening with dentist Dr. Matthew Ward, in Bay City, Michigan.
What Makes Professional Teeth Whitening Different
We’ve been offering professional services of teeth whitening in Bay City for a long time, and we’ve helped many happy patients to get the results they wanted. Most of those patients had already tried over-the-counter whitening products without much success, and many ask what the difference between professional whitening and a home kit actually is. We’ve tried to answer the most common questions here for you, so you’re able to make an informed decision for yourself and your family.
#1: How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
There are two basic methods of whitening teeth: abrasion and bleaching – and its best to discuss the options with Dr. Ward in an appointment.
Abrasive teeth whitening works by scrubbing off the top layer of the tooth, removing surface stains in the process, and revealing whiter tooth enamel below. Over-the-counter products like whitening toothpaste use this method to whiten the teeth by including micro abrasives in their formulations. However, if you have anything deeper than surface stains, they won’t work very well, and it can be harmful to use abrasive treatments on the teeth for extended periods. Dr. Ward can use a similar approach on surface stains by polishing the teeth during teeth whitening in Bay City, if you only need surface treatment.
Bleaching is a treatment that is intended for use on much deeper stains. It alters the color of the tooth itself, but once again, the products and methods used in a professional setting are much stronger and more effective than the retail options. Bleaches used to whiten teeth contain peroxide and are often used with a light, or in a custom-made mouth guard. Dr. Ward may also provide you with a special bleaching agent that you can use at home.
#2: Can Everyone Whiten Their Teeth?
No. While you can whiten “live” teeth and teeth that have discolored due to treatments like root canals, there are certain times when whitening is not recommended. Some examples of this would be if you have veneers, or when some of your teeth are implants. These prosthodontic treatments will not respond to the whitening treatment in the same way, and you will be left with different colors or shades on your teeth.
Talk to Us About Professional Teeth Whitening
If you are looking for professional teeth whitening in Bay City, whether you are from Bay City, Saginaw, Midland or a surrounding Tri City area in Michigan, we’re always happy to provide more information and an assessment of your unique situation in our office. No matter where you are though if you are looking to whiten your teeth noticeably, we recommend that you speak to Dr. Ward first about professional teeth whitening.
Not only is professional whitening much more effective than anything you can buy yourself, it is also safer and will provide you with better, more consistent results.
For more information on teeth whitening in Bay City, MI please contact us at 989-686-0055 to schedule your appointment.