By Barbara Preussner, DMD
February 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Your smile looks faded and dark. Is there a safe, effective way to brighten teeth? Your Holliston dentist, Dr. Barbara Preussner, offers in-teeth whiteningoffice and at-home teeth whitening treatments. Because they use highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gels applied directly to tooth enamel, these cosmetic services produce smiles that are youthful and bright. Would you like to brighten your faded teeth?

How teeth become stained

Dental stains develop gradually because of the things we put in our mouths--coffee, blueberries, tea, sports drinks, and tobacco, as examples. With repeated exposure, tooth enamel catches and holds the organic material, and teeth lose their naturally bright color. Some drugs and the aging process contribute to stains, and simple brushing, flossing and professional cleanings alone can't get the job done.

Professional teeth whitening

While people use over-the-counter whitening strips and toothpastes, most find these methods render limited results. Typically, retail products have a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide--about 1.5 percent, says the American Dental Association (ADA). Also, they often produce gum sensitivity because one-size-fits-all application trays or strips spill the gel onto sensitive oral tissues.

The best choice for a great, bright smile is professionally supervised teeth whitening in Holliston. Whether the patient chooses an in-office treatment (which lasts about an hour) or at-home application (which involves daily treatments for about a week), teeth and gums are safely and effectively whitened.

The ADA says that professional whitening gel has a higher concentration of the active ingredient, and application is far more precise. This cosmetic treatment is a win-win situation for patients of all ages because of:

  • Dramatic color improvement
  • Low cost (when compared to other cosmetic treatments such as veneers)
  • Quick results

Keeping a white smile

Dr. Preussner tells her patients to brush twice a day and to floss daily, preventing plaque and tartar build-up. She also recommends six-month cleanings and check-ups.

Also, the dentist advises people limit darkly-pigmented dietary choices, and of course, she urges smokers to see their primary care physicians about smoking cessation programs to improve overall health and reduce dental staining, gum disease and oral cancer.

Finally, occasional whitening touch-ups help keep smiles bright. When you see Dr. Preussner for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, ask her for tips on maintaining white teeth.

Learn more

For more information on teeth whitening or other great cosmetic dental treatments, call Dr. Preussner's office for an appointment. Your dentist will be happy to roll back the clock on your smile and of course, ensure it's healthy, too. Phone (508) 429-7125.

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