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By Stephen A. Solomon, D.M.D. & Jonathan A. Solomon, D.M.D
March 18, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures

Although regular brushing will help keep your teeth healthy, for many people brushing alone doesn't give them the dazzling smile they are hoping for. If your teeth are stained or discolored, professional whitening services can help. Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Jonathan Solomon offer teeth whitening in Putnam, CT.

Who Needs Whitening?

The color of teeth can vary from one person to the next. Habits such as smoking or consuming certain foods and drinks like coffee can stain your teeth. Teeth whitening in Putnam, CT, is available for individuals who would like to improve the color and overall appearance of their teeth.

How Is Whitening Done?

In-office teeth whitening is done using a specialized peroxide formula. Your dentist will make sure your gums are protected before applying the whitening gel. It is then activated with a special light and left on your teeth for about an hour. Your teeth can be 3-8 shades whiter with just one treatment and the results are long-lasting with the proper dental hygiene. 

Is Whitening Safe?

Whitening is safe for most patients. The dentist will decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure because there are some types of discoloration that don't respond to whitening like discoloration caused by certain medications. There are other treatment options for these kinds of stains.

Care For Your Teeth

Once you have completed your whitening procedure, you will want to care for your teeth going forward. You will want to make sure that you kick bad habits which are contributing to your teeth staining. You should also brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day.

If you would like to learn more about brightening your smile, Dr. Stephen Solomon, and Dr. Jonathan Solomon offers teeth whitening in Putnam, CT. Call (860) 928-6533 to set up an appointment today.

By Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates
July 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

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.

By Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates
July 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth WhiteningA big, white smile is important to many people, and often looked on as one of the top aesthetic qualities to have. There are many options for tooth whitening procedures, including at home kits that you can find in the grocery store or pharmacy, and more powerful treatments which take place in dental offices.

How does tooth whitening work?
There are two types of staining on teeth: extrinsic, or on the surface of the tooth, and intrinsic, which is deeper inside of the tooth. Extrinsic stains are often caused by the foods and drinks a person consumes, along with external factors. Coffee and other dark colored drinks and tobacco use are common extrinsic stain culprits. Intrinsic staining can be attributed to trauma, too much fluoride or aging. Whitening toothpastes and rinses can remove some of the extrinsic stains, but only actual whitening agents can remove the deeper intrinsic staining. The gels used to whiten teeth contain ingredients that can penetrate deep into the layers of the tooth to break down the molecules that are discolored by breaking the bonds that hold them together. When the molecules detach and spread out, a whiter color is achieved.

At home kits vs. in-office whitening
While both at home kits and in-office whitening procedures effectively lighten teeth, they do work differently. In-office whitening is supervised by a dentist, meaning that the whitening agents can be much stronger than over-the-counter varieties. In-office visits also usually involve a light which is used to speed up the whitening process. Compared to home kits, which could require you to have gel strips or whitening trays in the mouth for up to two hours every day, the process is much faster and more efficient when performed under the care of a dentist.

If you are interested in getting rid of unsightly tooth stains, Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates in Putnam, CT can help. They are experts in the art of professional tooth whitening, and strive to provide the most modern technology and professional care for their patients. Call us to schedule a consultation today!