One of the most common desires patients have is whiter teeth. When considering your options it is important to consult your dentist to make sure you have all the facts and understand how they may affect your teeth and mouth.
Many people think the coloring of teeth is due to plaque or dirt. But a variety of factors can affect the color of your teeth including food, drink, tobacco, age, injury, and medications. Understanding what is causing the discoloration is important to properly whiten your teeth.
Teeth whitening products use bleaches (either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) to break stains into smaller pieces, which make them harder to see and make your teeth brighter. These bleaches do not work on all teeth, so it is important to consult your dentist before any treatment. Whitening will not be effective on caps, veneers, crowns, fillings or if the color is caused by medications or injury.
Options for teeth whitening usually include whitening toothpastes, at-home bleaching, and in-office bleaching. Of course effectiveness, safety, and results vary greatly between products, so consult with your dentist if you are considering these choices.
If the bleach in a whitening product gets through the enamel of your teeth, it can irritate the nerves and cause tooth sensitivity. This sensitivity is usually temporary, but overuse of whiteners can cause lasting damage. If you are experiencing prolonged side effects from teeth whitening, contact us right away.
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that involves correcting teeth that are improperly positioned. 1021 Dental is proud to offer the best and most up-to-date orthodontic services for our patients.
Our orthodontists treat malocclusions which are often called bad bites. This is when a client bites down and their teeth do not line up correctly. We also treat crooked teeth or teeth that simply do not line up correctly. Orthodontists also focus on the development of the facial bones and jaw.
While orthodontics can be considered mostly cosmetic procedures, it is important to fix these problems for a healthy mouth. Teeth that are crooked or do not line up are the perfect place for food and bacteria to hide. They can also be hard to clean, leading to cavities and other problems down the line. The goal in treating problem teeth are to ensure a healthy mouth in the future. It is important to close any gaps between teeth and to make sure that the teeth all line up correctly. Sometimes teeth are crooked and need to be straightened up in the mouth. Orthodontics can also improve eating and even a client’s speech in some cases.
How can these problems be fixed? Braces are the most common treatment though we also treat our clients with headgear, plates, and more. If you have any questions about orthodontics, feel free to contact us today at (518) 482-1021. We would be happy to answer your questions.
Healthy for Life
Oral health is one of the most important, and often overlooked, aspects of your overall health. The mouth can show signs of infection or disease before the other parts of the body. Great advances have been made in oral health treatments and many people are able to keep their natural teeth their entire lives. However, millions of people don’t visit a dentist regularly and miss the opportunity to identify and prevent oral health issues.
The keys to oral health have not changed: good oral hygiene requires brushing your teeth twice a day, cleaning between your teeth daily, replacing your toothbrush regularly, and eating a healthy diet. Another component to good long term oral health is regular dentist visits for exams and cleanings. Many people think they only need to visit the dentist when something is wrong, but the truth is regular visits help prevent problems from ever developing.
Call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your oral health and prevent any future health issues.