Tooth Whitening Treatments

It seems like everyone is trying tooth whitening products to brighten their smile. Are you one of them? There are many products you can try at home: white strips, paint-on gels, brightening toothpastes or mouthwashes.

Be careful! Your teeth may seem tough, but the bleaching craze can take its toll on the health of your teeth and gums. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that anyone considering a tooth whitening treatment, whether with a dentist or by using an over-the-counter product, should first have an exam and consult with a dentist about the best tooth whitening system for you.

Smile whitening treatments are the #1 service requested of dentists, and some patients are “bleach-aholics,” using tooth whitening strips or other products more frequently than advised. They have blazing white teeth, but like anorexics or plastic surgery enthusiasts, it’s never enough. A beautiful smile is a naturally appealing feature, and to achieve it, Americans spend more than $1 billion a year on over-the-counter tooth-whitening products.

Tooth whiteners are safe, but some of them are acidic, and this can wear away your tooth enamel. A study in the Journal of the American Dental Association found that half of the people who have whitening treatments experience some sensitivity afterwards, or pain. The chance of pain increases if you overdo whitening “touch-ups.”

Dr. Todd Briscoe offers Opalescence take-home trays. Opalescence is safe and gentle, the only tray whitening system approved by the American Dental Association.

Call our dental practice today! If you live in communities near Fort Wayne, New Haven, Leo-Cedarville, or Harlan, you have the opportunity for a beautiful white smile, one that’s natural-looking. It’s your smile at it’s brightest best!

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