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Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By P. Steven Wainess, DDS
January 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When the appearance of your smile is on the decline, it could make you less motivated to take care of your dental health. So, if you start to teeth whiteningnotice dental stains on your teeth, take action. Professional teeth whitening is a quick and simple solution that may work for you. Say goodbye to your dental stains and restore your perfect smile with help from Dr. P Steven Wainess at his St. Clair Shores, MI, dentist office.

Do You Have Stains on Your Teeth?
Besides getting your mouth clean, there’s one other important benefit of brushing your teeth every morning in the mirror. You get a chance to look at your teeth carefully to notice any imperfections or problems. If you have noticed dental stains on your teeth that don’t go away when you brush, you can have them removed at the dentist’s office.

Teeth Whitening for Dental Stains
Some patients immediately look to store-bought whitening products to remove their dental stains, but there is no guarantee of results. It can be an expensive and messy endeavor that doesn’t yield any significant benefits. The most effective way of scrubbing those stains away is to go to your St. Clair Shores dentist for in-office teeth whitening. First, the dentist will check your teeth and gums to ensure they are in clean and in good health. Then your lips will be retracted so that a layer of strong hydrogen peroxide gel can be applied to the teeth. After about an hour or so, you’ll see a difference immediately.

No More Dental Stains
After your teeth are whitened professionally, you’ll no longer have to worry about those pesky dental stains and your smile color will improve up to eight shades. If you want to avoid new stains developing in the future follow these simple tips:

  • In the weeks after your whitening session, try to avoid eating foods that are darkly pigmented.
  • Drink your beverages through a straw to avoid direct contact with your whitened teeth.
  • Avoid smoke and tobacco products, because the tar attaches to the teeth.
  • Brush or rinse after every meal or beverage.

You Deserve a Stain-Free Smile
If you’re tired of looking at your stained teeth and want to see a remarkable improvement quickly, contact Dr. Wainess at his St. Clair Shores, MI, practice. Call (586) 293-1515 today to schedule an appointment.