Improve Your Smile With Teeth Whitening

In recent pictures from a friend's wedding, you notice that your smile is really yellow and dull-looking. You wish you had known how your teeth whiteningteeth looked before having their image preserved forever in a wedding album! Well, it's not too late to change your smile aesthetics dramatically with teeth whitening from your Putnam, CT, dentists, Dr. Stephen Solomon or Dr. Gerald Cohen. Trust their years of experience to determine if professional teeth whitening could transform the appearance of your stained smile.

What stains teeth?

Chromogens do. What are chromogens? They're darkly pigmented organic materials such as blueberries, tobacco, soy sauce and curry. Additionally, acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits soften tooth enamel making it absorb staining food and beverages more readily.

"Absorb?" you ask. Sure, while our teeth are composed of very hard, mineralized tooth enamel, this substance actually is woven into a matrix or network which holds onto organic materials. This causes discolorations, bad breath and cavities. That's why daily hygiene at home and semi-annual check-ups with Stephen A. Solomon DMD & Associates are so important.

Finally, some prescription drugs can discolor tooth enamel. The aging process does, too. Together, all these factors add up to smiles that look dull, dingy and disappointing.

What can you do?

Come see your Putnam, CT, dentist for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. He'll do a thorough examination to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. If they are, he may recommend professional teeth whitening to brighten your smile by as many as four shades of color.

Here's how it works. If qualified, you may choose between in-office or at-home whitening. Both are safe, effective and fully supervised by your dentist. Also, both versions use a strongly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel which literally lifts staining organic material out of tooth enamel, leaving a brilliantly whiter color behind.

If you choose the in-office version, you'll visit the dental office for a one-hour treatment. After protecting your gums and lips with a rubber dam, the dentist swabs the gel onto the front side of your teeth. As the gel penetrates the enamel, your teeth lighten. After about an hour, the gel is rinsed off, and you leave the office with a fabulous new smile.

At-home whitening is more gradual and employs a less concentrated peroxide gel. You apply it using custom-made acrylic trays. These appliances fit over your top and bottom teeth and put the gel right on your tooth surfaces, with no leakage on your gums or other soft oral tissues. Wearing the trays for a prescribed amount of time each day, you will see a dramatic color change over the course of a week or so.

You can improve your smile

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that most Americans would like their smiles to be whiter and brighter. If you agree, why not explore professional teeth whitening with Stephen A. Solomon DMD & Associates in Putnam, CT? Call the office today at (860) 928-6533 for a consultation.