A healthy, white smile is one of the first things people notice about one another. Unfortunately, very few people are completely confident with the condition of their smiles. If the color of your teeth is keeping you tight-lipped, it may be time to discuss your tooth whitening options with your cosmetic dentist.
Professional In-Office Whitening
In-office tooth whitening, also known as bleaching, typically involves the use of a specialized gel and laser light that activates the bleaching gel in order to penetrate the deeper layers of your enamel and dentin. Most in-office laser teeth whitening treatments can be completed in just a single appointment and are great options for individuals with fluorosis or stained teeth caused by certain medications, smoking, age, lifestyle habits, or darkly colored foods and drinks.
Many cosmetic dentists offer professional-strength at-home bleaching kits to help brighten your smile. Unlike over-the-counter whitening strips and bleaching trays that utilize abrasive chemicals, the at-home kits provided to you by your dentist are designed to effectively whiten your teeth without the risk of complications. The at-home bleaching system typically requires two visits. During the first appointment, your cosmetic dentist will create impressions or molds of your teeth in order to fabricate the custom-made bleaching trays. These trays will be fit and adjusted during a secondary appointment, after which you can begin wearing the trays with a special whitening solution twice a day for 30 minutes. You can also wear these trays overnight for a few weeks based on the degree of staining.
Whether you are interested in at-home bleaching or in-office laser whitening, our dentists with Village Green Dental Center are here to help. Get on the road to a brighter smile by contacting our Aurora, Illinois office at (630) 445-0121. We also provide orthodontics and endodontics.
Flossing your teeth once daily is essential, helping to remove plaque and food debris left behind by your toothbrush. Watch this video for more tips and a visual demonstration.
Start by wrapping several inches of floss around your index fingers, keeping at least one to two inches of floss tight between your hands. Pull the floss gently down into the contacts of your teeth while wiggling back and forth in a zigzag motion to remove plaque and biofilm. You will then want to wrap a clean section of floss as far around the sides of the tooth as possible and gently slide up and down to remove debris.
Do you have further questions about maintaining your oral hygiene? Call our family and cosmetic dentists with Village Green Dental Center of Aurora, Illinois at (630) 445-0121 to set up an appointment
Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. This plaque contains bacteria and acid that slowly eat away at the enamel of your teeth if not removed with daily brushing and flossing. As your dentist will attest, it is important to maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine in order to avoid cavities and the long-term effects of untreated tooth decay.
Untreated cavities allow bacteria-filled plaque to penetrate the dentin of your teeth, or the softer material beneath the outer enamel surface. Eventually, the tooth will deteriorate to a point that enables the bacteria to enter the pulp chamber within the tooth itself—infecting the delicate nerves, tissues, and blood vessels known as dental pulp. Unlike small cavities, which can be treated with composite fillings, infected dental pulp can only be treated through root canal therapy, during which the diseased dental pulp is removed before the pulp chamber is cleaned and sealed.
Individuals who fail to undergo endodontic treatment or root canal therapy for deep decay affecting their dental pulp often develop gum disease. This is because untreated decay allows the infection to spread below the gum line where it causes gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and if left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis.
Higher Risks for Additional Health Complications
In addition to increasing your risk for tooth loss and jawbone infection, untreated periodontitis can increase your risk for a number of detrimental health conditions. For example, studies by the American Academy of Periodontology show that untreated gum disease significantly increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Don’t let tooth decay interfere with your overall health and wellness. For more information on routine cleanings, composite fillings, root canal therapy, and other restorative procedures, contact Village Green Dental Center of Aurora, Illinois at (630) 445-0121. You can also set up an initial appointment with our cosmetic dentists by visiting us online.
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Maintain a healthy, beautiful smile with help from the dentists of Village Green Dental Center. We specialize in general and cosmetic dentistry to help prevent tooth decay and keep your smile confident and bright. To learn more about our dentists and procedures, visit us on the web or call (630) 445-0121 today!