White smiles look good and boost confidence. But over time, teeth grow dull and discolored. How can you achieve a smile that will turn your teeth shades brighter?
Here is your guide to having white teeth.
What Causes Staining?
There are many different things that can cause staining. We are to blame for some of them whereas others are caused due to things outside of our control. Let’s take a look at all the reasons teeth become stained.
- Poor oral hygiene
- Consuming foods or beverages that cause staining (such as red wine, coffee, food dyes, acidic foods like berries, citrus, tomatoes, etc.)
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Previous dental work
- Dental trauma
- Medications and illnesses
Regardless of why teeth are stained, different solutions are available to obtain a brighter, whiter smile.
Teeth Whitening Options
Many teeth whitening options are available, each offering you a different degree of whitening.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening
You can purchase teeth-whitening kits nearly anywhere they sell oral care products. Though they may work to provide you with some whitening, they are the least effective. And, the results are often quite minimal.
It is important to note that these products have very little bleaching agent in them due to safety reasons. What’s more, without being customized for your teeth, they usually end up providing uneven results.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is done under the care of a dental professional. As such, this type of treatment comes with a higher concentration of a bleaching agent which will help you to yield the greatest results.
In-office treatments are handled by a dental professional at your dentist’s office. These typically only require one visit and will leave your teeth several shades whiter.
At-home teeth whitening treatments are also available. These are customized for you and will be given under the direction and guidance of your dentist’s office. This treatment is done at home over a certain amount of time, usually several days or a couple of weeks. You can expect to receive dramatic results, as well.
Alternative Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
Some teeth are discolored deep inside and won’t respond to traditional teeth whitening treatments — even those from your dentist.
Thankfully, there are still options to whiten these teeth that can give you the smile you are hoping for. One that has been growing in popularity is dental veneers. This involves placing a shell over the front of the discolored tooth in order to cover up the imperfection.
Dental veneers are long-lasting solutions that are custom-created to fit beautifully amongst your other teeth.
Discuss alternative options that will help you achieve the white smile you are seeking.
Keeping Teeth White After Treatment
After traditional teeth whitening treatments from your dentist, the results are going to be dramatic. While they will eventually begin to fade due to normal life, there are a few things that you can do in an attempt to extend the results.
- Visit your dentist for routine cleanings every 6 months
- Improve your oral hygiene routine
- Avoid foods and beverages that cause staining to teeth
- Stop smoking
- Use whitening toothpaste
You may even want to consider talking to your dentist about at-home treatments in the interim to keep your color fresh and bright white.
Teeth Whitening at Schaus Dental Studio
Are you interested in learning more about teeth whitening? Our team at Schaus Dental Studio would love to show you what a professional teeth whitening treatment can do for your smile.
Dental implants are one of the best forms of tooth replacement. They function much like a real tooth - and look the part, as well. But before making the investment, most patients want to know just how long they can expect their dental implant to last.
Here’s what you need to know.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants come in different pieces - and they do not all have the same lifespan. You have the implant itself that is inserted and left to fuse with the jaw bone. Then you have the abutment that attaches to the implant so that it can hold the dental crown in place.
So, how long do dental implants last?
The implant itself is meant to last a lifetime - or upwards of 25 years. Remember, it is fused with the bone so it is held in place quite well. The dental crown, however, usually lasts between 10 to 15 years before it needs to be replaced. Though with the right care, dental crowns have been known to last much, much longer.
Factors That Contribute to Dental Implant Longevity
There are many different factors that can play a role in how long your dental implants will or will not last. And others that may cause it to fail quickly. These include:
- Poor bone density. Because dental implants rely on a healthy jaw bone to anchor the tooth, good bone density is essential. Without it, your dentist may suggest having a bone graft before the implant procedure - or else the outcome may not be so good.
- Poor oral hygiene. Dental implants and the mouth as a whole require proper care. Without it, bacteria can thrive and wreak havoc on the gums, teeth, and bones. This could be detrimental to the implant.
- Poorly managed biting forces. A poorly managed bite is quite common in contributing to losing an implant. Natural teeth are able to deal with an uneven bite in ways that dental implants simply can’t.
- Poorly-skilled dentist. Investing in dental implants from a dentist that doesn’t have the experience can cause your implant to fail. It can even cause damage to the surrounding area.
Find an experienced dentist that will take the time to make sure you are a good candidate for this treatment surgery so that you have the greatest success in long-lasting dental implants.
Extend the Life of Your Dental Implants
You can work to extend the life of your dental implants by being proactive with the following:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- Floss thoroughly - every day
- Invest in a water flosser to use around implants
- Eat a healthy diet low in sugar
- Avoid crunchy, hard foods as much as possible
- Stop smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco
Most importantly, ensure you visit your dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning and dental exam.
Dental Implants at Schaus Dental Studio
Since the successful placement of a dental implant depends significantly on the skill of your dentist, you want to find someone with the precision and experience to handle the task. And that’s what you get from Dr. Schaus.
Professional teeth whitening can help you safely brighten and rejuvenate your teeth in just one office visit. Typically, professional teeth whitening lasts approximately one to three years if you take good care of your smile.
Why Teeth Turn Yellow
Teeth naturally turn yellow as people age. This process happens because the enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth, thins over time, and the yellow layer underneath (the dentin) shows through. Younger people can also experience stained teeth due to oral hygiene, smoking, and drinking staining beverages like coffee, cola, and red wine.
Advantages of Professional Whitening
Quick and Effective
We can lighten your teeth by several shades using our in-office process. In most cases, in-office whitening takes only one visit. You will receive a more subtle but equally effective whitening effect at home in a few weeks.
Whitening under a dentist's supervision is much safer than using products bought online or in stores. Over-the-counter whitening strips can cause excessive tooth sensitivity. Strong whitening gels, when used without supervision, can burn the gums or cause irreversible gum recession.
Professional teeth whitening can last for up to three years. Contrast this with the effects of home whitening strips, which you must use every few months to maintain your look.
Whitening Your Teeth in The Office
In-office teeth whitening is a simple process. The dentist uses rubber to protect your gums from the strong carbamide peroxide solution. They carefully apply the gel to your teeth and then activate it with a special light.
Professionally Whitening Your Teeth at Home
We will make you a custom whitening tray that holds a prescribed amount of peroxide gel. You will wear this tray, as recommended, for a few hours each day, for up to four weeks at a time.
Ensuring Your Smile Stays Bright
To keep your professionally whitened teeth looking their best for years, ensure you care for them. Follow your dentist's recommendations to keep your teeth bright. These recommendations may include the following:
Brush Well At Least Twice Daily
Brushing your teeth at least twice daily is the minimum when you have professionally whitened teeth. Ideally, brush your teeth whenever you eat or drink, especially if you have a staining food or beverage.
Flossing helps remove the plaque and food particles between your teeth, eliminating deposits that can attract stains.
Keep All Dental Appointments
Professional cleaning once every six months will help keep your teeth looking their best.
Enjoy Your Bright Smile
When you whiten your teeth, you will immediately notice the positive attention you receive. You will feel more like smiling and showing off your teeth, leading to a more positive public image.
Call Schaus Dental Studio
If you want to whiten your smile safely and professionally, we can help you look and feel your best. Call our Golden Valley, MN, office at 763-525-0306 for an appointment today.
Dental veneers are stain-resistant porcelain shells the dentist bonds to a patient's teeth. They can cover stained, chipped, misshapen, or slightly misaligned teeth, providing a beautiful smile.
Porcelain dental veneers can last for as long as 15 years. If you care for your veneers properly, they will last longer.
The Process of Applying Veneers
Applying veneers is an easy dental procedure that typically takes only two appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will determine whether veneers are right for you.
The dentist removes a thin layer of enamel to prepare your teeth for veneers. The dentist may take an impression or use a 3-D intraoral camera to plan your veneers. Porcelain veneers take a few weeks to come back from the dental laboratory.
During the second appointment, the dentist checks the veneers' fit. The dentist will carefully clean your teeth to prepare shells. Special cement fixes the veneers to the tooth surface. Frequently, a special light helps the cement harden.
After installing your veneers, you will be happy to show off your rejuvenated smile.
The Advantages of Dental Veneers
Veneers are not only long-lasting, but they also have several other distinct advantages:
Veneers are permanent once the dentist applies them to the teeth. They are durable and easily stand up to normal wear.
Veneers can solve more than one aesthetic issue at a time, covering stains, chips, and slightly crooked teeth. They can also help to hide slight gaps between teeth.
While teeth whitened with a standard bleaching solution need special care to avoid staining, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. You will have a lower likelihood of staining your veneers with beverages like coffee and tea.
White Spot Coverage
Another advantage of veneers is that they cover white spots on the enamel that dentists cannot remove with standard teeth whitening. If white spots are a problem, you may want to look into veneers instead of teeth whitening.
Veneers are incredibly efficient compared to the combined time it would take to receive crowns, teeth whitening, and orthodontic work. Veneers usually require only one or two dental visits to complete.
How to Care For Your Veneers
Caring for veneers is simple. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for a full two minutes. Floss once daily and use a fluoride mouth rinse. Limit excess sugar in your diet. Avoid chewing ice, pens, and other non-food items. Keep all scheduled dental appointments.
Call Schaus Dental Studio
Dental veneers last longer than many other types of restorations. They are a faster, more straightforward way to rejuvenate your smile.
If you are interested in veneers or other dental services, call our Golden Valley, MN office at 763-525-0306 for a consultation. We can help you understand your options and match you with the right treatments.