Family Dentist in Cordova, TN
Why Choose Dental Whitening?
Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth.
The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco.
Food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth’s enamel by a certain protein. Products like coffee and tea, berries, and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances.
One type of stain—caused by traumatic injuries, medications, and fluorosis—begins inside the tooth; brushing and flossing don’t help. Another type of stain—one that can be more easily attacked by brushing, flossing and rinsing—is caused by external factors such as foods.
More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains.
Some commercially available “whitening toothpaste” can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can wear away your tooth’s enamel.
Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but only are effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case).
Professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method; done properly, tooth whitening can last as long as five years. Over-the-counter whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions followed closely.
Dental Filling Services
What Are Dental Fillings For?
Composite resin fills the hole or cavity left behind by decay without marring the appearance of your smile. These tooth-colored, white, or composite fillings provide an esthetic, biocompatible alternative to the silver (amalgam) fillings that have been used for decades.
Unlike silver fillings, the tooth-colored material comes with a precise color-matching guide to ensure the filling blends perfectly with your surrounding tooth enamel. Composite resin is also highly resistant to heat and cold, dries within minutes under a special light, and actually restores much of the original strength of the affected tooth.
Your dentist at Dental Cares can fill new cavities, replace old silver fillings, or make minor cosmetic improvements to the teeth that show when you smile using tooth-colored composite resin.