Everybody dreams of a perfect gleaming white smile. Sometimes, all the efforts you take do not bear expected fruits. Teeth tend to lose their natural color over time. That can be due to various factors like consumption of certain foods, medications, age, trauma, and so on.
There are a plethora of options available for teeth whitening. However, teeth whitening when done at a dentist’s clinic can show fabulous results.
Teeth whitening is a method that helps counter the dullness of the teeth. It is beneficial in multiple ways. It not only helps in making the smile brighter but also aids in reducing plaque build-up and chances of gum disease. This helps in reducing and preventing any tooth-related issues or gum diseases that often accompany age. After all, prevention is definitely better than cure. Teeth whitening is beneficial as it induces the urge to have better oral hygiene practices as well.
Following are few reasons that cause discoloration:
Frequent consumption of tea, coffee, red wine.
Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
A lot of consumption of fluorides during childhood.
Aging also contributes to discoloration. With age, the enamel layer becomes thin, gradually exposing the dentin layer beneath. Dentin is darker in color than the enamel
If your teeth were damaged due to face injury, discoloration can happen. Teeth change their color to damage control by laying down more dentin.
Any strong medications or treatments like chemotherapy can also contribute to discoloration.
We all want to get that dazzling smile. But before getting the treatment you must make sure if you are suitable for receiving the treatment. Dr. Orfaly advises that anyone can be a good candidate for teeth whitening except:
People with crowns on their teeth.
Patients with dental fillings cannot undergo teeth whitening, because the treatment can whiten their natural teeth leaving the fillings with their original color. This will result in your teeth having different colors.
People who have had exposure to tetracycline antibiotics during early childhood, while the teeth are still developing (before 8 years of age).
As this treatment is a cosmetic procedure, it is not advisable for pregnant ladies.
Dr. Orfaly makes sure to give the right advice and whether or not one must undergo the treatment.
At Fisher & Orfaly Dental we use custom-made whitening trays for teeth whitening. The dental whitening trays are fabricated by taking impressions of your teeth and then dental stone models are made from those impressions. They are then placed on a custom-forming vacuum machine. This machine will fabricate the trays.
You will come back for a second appointment to receive the trays and the prescription strength whitening gel.
The trays are typically worn for an hour a day. The dentist has found that you will reach your maximum whitening level after 2 to 3 weeks.
There is no special care to be taken after the treatment. However, it is advisable to avoid brushing teeth at least a few hours after the treatment. However, after that, one must regularly brush and floss teeth for maintaining oral hygiene.
Teeth whitening cost can be financed using a CareCredit credit card. Read more about insurance and payment plans.
Coming to Dr Orfaly is The best decision I could have made. I didn’t have a dentist for years and they saw me when I had an emergency. Now I am getting all of my dental work here, perfect caps, bridges and hygiene. I highly recommend Dr Orfaly and his staff.
After having a negative experience with a filling with a past dentist, I was nervous to go to a new dentist with tooth pain. Dr. Orfaly and team were very understanding and knowledgable when walking me through my options for a cracked tooth. 10/10 would recommend due to their professionalism, attention to detail, and level of care. Thanks team!
Dr Orfaly is the best dentist around! I have alot of anxiety around going to the dentist & Dr Orfaly always makes sure to check in to see how I'm doing & is so nice. If a referral is needed to a specialist, he makes the call for you & gets you an appt quickly (mine was even the same day) I love how they book you with the same dental hygienist for all cleanings.. Adds another level of comfort... Shoutout to mine, Kathy!
Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.