Posts for tag: Teeth Whitening

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
March 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Renew your smile with teeth whitening. The professional whitening treatments available through our dental office deliver dramatic results faster than other methods. Additionally, the results of professional teeth whitening can last for several years before touch-ups are needed. Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, and Dr. Allison Carey, the skilled dentists at Carey & Aylward, DDS in Westland, MI, offer both in-office and take-home professional teeth whitening treatments.

In-Office Whitening

The fastest way to whiten your smile is with in-office professional whitening. It only takes about one hour to achieve maximum results. At the end of your treatment session, teeth will be anywhere from three to eight shades whiter. Plus, not only will your teeth be whiter and brighter immediately after treatment, the results of professional in-office whitening can last for years.

In addition to being the fastest way to whiten your smile, in-office whitening performed by trained and experienced dental professionals is also the safest way to whiten teeth. During treatment, measures are taken to protect sensitive areas, such as the gums and tooth-roots. These areas can become irritated by the bleaching agent in the whitening solution so a protective barrier is used to prevent contact with the whitening gel. This is not necessarily possible with over-the-counter products or whitening services offered outside a dental office.

During treatment, a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is carefully applied to the teeth. The gel is left on for about one hour, during which time it penetrates tooth enamel to target stains and discolorations. The gel is then cleaned off the teeth and you will instantly notice a significantly whiter smile. The dentists at our office Westland, MI, can help you decide if in-office whitening is the best option for you.

Take-Home Whitening

A professional custom take-home whitening kit is a convenient alternative when you are unable to do in-office whitening. A mold is taken of your teeth and used to create two custom mouth trays to be used for whitening at home. Whenever you are ready to whiten, all you need to do is add the professional whitening gel included in your kit to the custom trays. The trays should be worn for about one hour each time. As you repeat the process several times over a few weeks, your teeth will become whiter and brighter.

If you are ready to renew your smile, professional teeth whitening is a great way to do so. The knowledgeable dentists at our office in Westland, MI, can help you decide between in-office and take-home whitening. Both options deliver professional results. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Aylward or Drs. Brent or Allison Carey, call Carey & Aylward, DDS at (734) 425-9130.

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
March 25, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Woman With Bright White TeethYou could get the brighter smile you want in as little as one in-office whitening treatment.

There are so many different ways to whiten your smile that you may feel a bit confused as to which option to choose. While you could opt for over-the-counter whitening methods, these often take a long time to produce results, often fall short of expectations, and don't last long. Instead, you could turn to our cosmetic dentists in Westland, MI, Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, and Dr. Allison Carey, for a vastly better experience! Read on to learn more about our professional whitening options and how they differ from commercial products and do-it-yourself approaches.

 

Why are my teeth stained?

There are two types of dental stains: extrinsic (external) and intrinsic (internal):

  • Extrinsic stains are more common kind, and they are caused by the foods/drinks we consume such as coffee, tea, red wine, and tomato sauce.
  • Intrinsic stains, on the other hand, occur under the enamel layer within the dentin. Trauma to the tooth and certain medications (e.g. antibiotics) can lead to these stains.

 

How does professional teeth whitening work?

Professional teeth whitening is the fastest and most effective way to target both extrinsic and minor intrinsic stains. The bleaching gel that we use contains a very high concentration of peroxide, and it is painted over the front of the teeth to break up stubborn stain molecules within the enamel and dentin layers. The bleaching gel also has the ability to brighten the overall color of your smile.

In as little as one session you may be able to get the brighter results you want. The major benefit of professional whitening is that your results are immediate and significantly visible, which makes it a great option for patients on a time crunch!

 

Interested? Give us a call!

If you want to walk down the aisle with a brighter smile, turn to the cosmetic experts at Carey & Aylward. We can get your smile whiter in no time. Call our Westland, MI, dental office today at (734) 425-9130 to schedule your free consultation!

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
July 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
3ReasonsYouShouldConsiderToothWhitening

White, translucent teeth are the hallmark of a beautiful smile. But with age or the foods we eat our teeth’s natural brightness can dim to a dingy yellow.

If this is your case, you may be able to benefit from teeth whitening techniques that brighten up your less than “pearly whites.” A teeth whitening treatment from time to time could put the dazzle back in both your smile and your self-confidence.

Here, then, are 3 reasons for considering tooth whitening to improve your smile.

You might be able to do it yourself. There are a number of home whitening options (including whitening strips) that are safe and effective to use at home. But there are a couple caveats: because your dentist can use stronger bleaching solutions they may be able to perform the procedure in less time and with longer lasting results than a home kit. Also, some forms of staining originate inside a tooth—a home kit won’t help with that kind of discoloration.

It’s safe and relatively inexpensive. Home bleaching solutions aren’t strong enough to be harmful (unless you disregard the product directions) and are usually not very costly. Your dentist uses stronger solutions but with the training and curing equipment to minimize any risk to your teeth. And compared to other cosmetic treatments, dental office teeth whitening is still a relatively inexpensive option.

Dental office whitening can be more comprehensive and precise. Another reason to opt for your dentist to whiten your teeth is the wide range of discoloration they can alleviate. They have clinical techniques for alleviating internal tooth staining, and could even combine these with treatments for external staining. Your dentist can also help you achieve the exact degree of whiteness you desire—from a more subtle, natural shade to “Hollywood Bright.”

Whitening isn’t permanent—but with a thorough application and avoiding foods and habits that contribute to staining, professional whitening effects can last up to two years. If you’re interested, see your dentist for a full dental examination for any issues that might interfere with the whitening process. From there, you’re not far from a brighter and more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening and other dental cosmetic enhancements, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening: Brighter, Lighter, Whiter….

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
November 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Stains on your teeth can drag your smile down and make you feel as though your appearance is lackluster. Luckily, you can quickly and teeth whiteningeasily reverse this dental issue and say goodbye to your dental stains with teeth whitening. Learn how this procedure can help you say goodbye to your dental stains and yellowed teeth with Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, and Dr. Allison Carey at Carey & Aylward DDS in Westland, MI.

Can teeth whitening help me? 
Teeth whitening is an effective procedure which can usually help anyone who wishes they had a brighter, whiter smile. However, not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening. Patients with visible porcelain dental restorations like crowns, bridges, or veneers should consider that teeth whitening does not lift the color of porcelain. This means that your teeth could have an uneven appearance unless you plan with your dentist before your whitening treatment. Additionally, patients with significant tooth sensitivity should alert their dentist before their procedure. Patients should also have any instances of teeth decay or gum disease treated prior to their whitening session.

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Kits
While there are various at-home whitening kits that can lift the color of your teeth, they simply cannot hold up to professional teeth whitening results. In-office whitening treatments are monitored by your dentist, allowing the materials used to be stronger than what is allowed in at-home kits. At-home kits require weeks or even months of regular use to provide noticeable results while professional whitening procedures can lift the color of the teeth up to ten shades in a single session. These factors mean that in-office whitening provides better results in far less time than at-home kits.

In-Office Teeth Whitening Treatments in Westland, MI 
If you are considering teeth whitening for your yellowed or stained smile, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best treatment plan for you. In some cases, other cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers may provide better or more suitable results. For more information on professional teeth whitening treatments in the Westland, MI area, please contact Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey, and Dr. Allison Carey at Carey & Aylward DDS. Call (734) 425-9130 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
September 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Quick, economical, safe and effective--those four words describe the benefits of professional teeth whitening from your Westland, MI teeth whiteningdentists--Dr. Dennis Aylward, Dr. Brent Carey and Dr. AllisonCarey. Applied as in-office or as at-home cosmetic treatments, professional teeth whitening changes stained tooth enamel by as many as eight shades of color. By itself, or in combination with other aesthetic dental services from Carey & Aylward DDS, teeth whitening makes your smile--and you--look and feel years younger.

How Teeth Whitening Works

The best candidates for teeth whitening are older teens and adults with healthy teeth and gums. That means no active tooth decay or gum disease and few to no existing restorations, such as fillings and dental crowns. Your Westland, MI dentist will examine your mouth before deciding whitening is a good option for you.

The best whitening candidates are also fastidious about oral hygiene practices at home, and they come to Drs. Carey or Dr. Aylward semi-annually for their routine check-ups and cleanings. Additionally, good candidates don't smoke as tobacco stains teeth and is bad for gum health.

Regarding the actual procedure, the dental team uses a powerful hydrogen peroxide gel. The peroxide targets the organic material which stains teeth--foods such as blueberries and curry and beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and red wine. The peroxide lifts these intrinsic stains right out of tooth enamel quickly, and because the process is professionally supervised, little to no tooth or gum sensitivity results.

With a decision made to use professional teeth whitening, the team proceeds by inserting a plastic dam into your mouth. This thin and flexible device protects the soft oral tissues from the gel. Then, the gel is swabbed on and allowed to penetrate. You simply relax in the dental chair as the gel does its work, and after about an hour, the technician rinses it off. Teeth are an amazing three to eight shades brighter in color.

With the at-home treatment, you would use custom-fitted acrylic trays that fit snugly over the top and bottom teeth. You fill them with a less concentrated peroxide gel and wear the trays for the prescribed amount of time daily. After a week or so of applications, teeth are whiter by three to eight shades--just as with the in-office version.

Keeping a White Smile

To maintain that bright tooth enamel, your dentist recommends:

  • Twice daily brushing and once a day flossing as advised by the American Dental Association
  • Six-month cleanings and check-ups
  • Limiting staining foods and beverages (drink iced tea with a straw)
  • Drinking several glasses of water a day to wash tooth surfaces and to stimulate saliva
  • Getting occasional whitening touch-ups
  • Smoking cessation

With these good habits, your whitened smile will look great indefinitely!

Find Out More

To learn if professional teeth whitening is right for you, arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Carey & Aylward DDS in Westland, MI. Asks about its benefits and about the other aesthetic treatments these skilled dentists offer. Call (734) 425-9130 for an appointment.