The Truth about Teeth Whitening

 
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The Truth about Teeth Whitening
"Is teeth whitening SAFE?"
"What are the TOP 10 foods & beverages that will
                stain my teeth?"
  "How can I get FREE teeth whitening for life?"

                The Truth
                about Teeth
                Whitening

A special report from Friendly Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry

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The Truth about Teeth Whitening
The Truth about Teeth Whitening

Who doesn’t want a bright white smile? Fortunately, we have many choices in
whitening products to choose from to achieve a beautiful white smile. This
guide provides information on different teeth whitening procedures, answers
commonly asked questions about teeth whitening, and lets you know what
foods and beverages are most likely to stain your teeth. This guide ends with
information on the White Smile for Life program that Friendly Smiles Cosmetic
Dentistry offers to its patients in which enrolled patients get free teeth whitening
for life!*

*See office for complete details
Author
Stacey Sell, RHD
Clinical Manager, Hygienist

                               Stacey Sell has been a Dental Hygienist since 1995
                               and enjoys helping many people achieve bright
                               and healthy smiles. She started out as a Dental
                               Assistant in 1992 and soon after that, decided
                               that she wanted to continue her education and
                               was accepted into the dental hygiene program in
                               1993 at North Dakota State College of Science.
                               Stacey graduated with an Associate's degree in
                               Dental Hygiene in 1995. She has been a part of
                               the Friendly Smiles Team since January 2006 and
                               enjoys working with Dr. Barfield and the rest of the
team immensely. Her main focus is as Clinical Manager at Friendly Smiles but
she also enjoys working in hygiene as well. Stacey loves being able to have the
opportunity to help people achieve a bright and healthy smile that they will
enjoy forever.
Table of Contents

   Is teeth whitening right for you?………………………. 5

   Types of whitening products..…………………………. 6

   Commonly asked questions…………………………… 7

   Top foods & beverages that stain …………………… 9

   White Smile for Life ………………………………………. 10
The Truth about Teeth Whitening

                          Is teeth whitening right for you?

           Teeth whitening is a process of bleaching your teeth with a hydrogen peroxide
           gel that makes your teeth appear whiter.

           The first and most important step before starting any whitening system is to visit
           your dentist and hygienist and have a professional cleaning and exam done to
           rule out any dental concerns before you start your whitening.

           Your dentist and hygienist will review with you any dental concerns they may
           have and determine if you are a candidate for whitening. Possible concerns
           that a dentist may have can include, but are not limited to:

                 •     Active decay
                 •     Active gum/tissue inflammation
                 •     Composite (white) fillings, crowns or veneers on the front teeth that will
                       not whitening during the whitening process
                 •     Recession (areas of root surface that are exposed) that can cause
                       sensitivity to the whitening process

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The information provided in this guide is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit. If you believe you have
any health problem, you should promptly consult your physician or other healthcare provider. Health and medical information changes constantly. Therefore the information in
this guide or on the linked websites should not be considered current, complete or exhaustive, nor should you rely on such information to recommend a course of treatment for
you or any other individual in place of a visit.
The Truth about Teeth Whitening

                          Types of whitening products

           There are many different whitening products to choose from. They will all whiten
           your teeth but the main difference is the time it will take to whiten your teeth.

           •     Over-the-counter whitening products

                 These are products that can be purchased in stores such as Crest®
                 Whitestrips®.

           •     Professional strength white strips

                 These are products you purchase from your dentist. We sell professional
                 strength Crest® Whitestrips®, which are 80% stronger than the over-the-
                 counter ones. These also come in a 3 week supply instead of a 2 week
                 supply.

           •     Custom at-home bleaching trays

                 These are custom trays made specifically for you by your dental office and
                 are made to fit your teeth. You place a small amount of the peroxide gel in
                 the upper and lower tray and are worn for a specific amount of time,
                 depending on your need and tolerability. They are usually worn for 30
                 minutes twice a day, but can be worn up to 1 hour for 1-2 weeks.

           •     Zoom “in-office” whitening

                 This is a process that is done at your dental office. Total appointment time is
                 around 2 hours. The first step is to protect all tissues surrounding your teeth by
                 covering them with a protective gel. Next, a peroxide gel is applied to your
                 teeth and a special light is placed over your teeth in 3-4 sessions for 15 minute
                 intervals. More than one visit may be necessary to obtain the whitening
                 desired or can be used in combination with an at-home tray system to
                 achieve the desired result.

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The information provided in this guide is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit. If you believe you have
any health problem, you should promptly consult your physician or other healthcare provider. Health and medical information changes constantly. Therefore the information in
this guide or on the linked websites should not be considered current, complete or exhaustive, nor should you rely on such information to recommend a course of treatment for
you or any other individual in place of a visit.
The Truth about Teeth Whitening

                          Commonly asked questions

           Is teeth whitening safe?

           Yes, whitening is safe for your teeth when done in moderation. After your initial
           whitening has been completed, touch ups may be wanted or needed every 6
           to 12 months. This can depend on staining habits that are present.

           Are there any side effects from teeth whitening?

           The main side effect of whitening is tooth sensitivity to air or extreme
           temperature changes, such as eating something really hot or cold. This occurs
           because during the whitening process there are “tubules” or pores that open up
           and allow passage to the inner part of the tooth which causes the sensitivity.
           Saliva contains minerals that aid in healing these pores but to help speed the
           process along, sensitivity toothpaste can be used to aid in the healing of these
           pores.

           Can you bleach your teeth during pregnancy or nursing?

           We suggest that pregnant women and nursing mothers delay whitening until
           after the pregnancy or nursing.

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The information provided in this guide is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit. If you believe you have
any health problem, you should promptly consult your physician or other healthcare provider. Health and medical information changes constantly. Therefore the information in
this guide or on the linked websites should not be considered current, complete or exhaustive, nor should you rely on such information to recommend a course of treatment for
you or any other individual in place of a visit.
The Truth about Teeth Whitening

           Will teeth whitening make my white fillings, crowns or veneers whiter?

           No, only natural tooth structure will whiten. White fillings, crowns and veneers will
           not whiten. But this does not mean you cannot whiten your teeth. You may
           choose to replace fillings, crowns and veneers. You should discuss the options
           that would be best for you with your dentist.

           Can I bleach my teeth when I have untreated cavities?

           No, we suggest you have you cavities repaired before whitening your teeth to
           prevent extreme sensitivity. If you are in a situation that is involving a cavity in
           your front teeth and you want your teeth whiter, discuss this with your dentist first
           and they will recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

           Can you whiten your teeth using whitening toothpaste?

           Toothpastes remove stains from the surface of the enamel by using a mild
           abrasive; they do not change the color of the enamel.

           How long does the whitening results last?

           Tooth whitening is not permanent. Teeth that are exposed to certain foods and
           drinks that cause staining will see a gradual fading of the whiteness of their teeth
           as early as one month. If staining type foods and drinks are avoided as much as
           possible, the whitening could last a year or longer before the need for whitening
           touch-up. (See the next section for examples for foods and drinks to avoid)

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The information provided in this guide is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit. If you believe you have
any health problem, you should promptly consult your physician or other healthcare provider. Health and medical information changes constantly. Therefore the information in
this guide or on the linked websites should not be considered current, complete or exhaustive, nor should you rely on such information to recommend a course of treatment for
you or any other individual in place of a visit.
The Truth about Teeth Whitening

                          Top 10 foods & beverages that stain

           There are many foods and drinks that can affect the color of your teeth.
           Basically anything that you would be worried about staining a white t-shirt can
           and will stain your teeth. Here are the top 10 foods and beverages that stain
           teeth:

                 1.  Wine - Surprisingly, both red AND white wine can stain your teeth. Red
                     wine contains tannins which stain teeth and research has shown that
                     people who drink white wine and then tea were more likely to develop
                     stains.
                 2. Tea - Ordinary black tea is rich in tannins which stain teeth and is a
                     bigger stainer than coffee. Herbal, white, and green teas aren't as likely
                     to stain your teeth as black tea.
                 3. Coffee
                 4. Cola - Both dark colored and light colored soft drinks are highly acidic
                     and promote staining of teeth by other foods and drinks.
                 5. Sports drinks
                 6. Sauces - Examples include soy sauce, tomato sauces, and curry sauces.
                 7. Berries - Examples include blackberries, cherries, grapes, blueberries,
                     cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, and pomegranates.
                 8. Beets
                 9. Sweets - Examples include popsicles, slushies, artificially colored candies,
                     and other sweets that turn your tongue into a funny color.
                 10. Acidic foods - These foods can weaken tooth enamel which promotes
                     staining of teeth by other foods and drinks.

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The information provided in this guide is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit. If you believe you have
any health problem, you should promptly consult your physician or other healthcare provider. Health and medical information changes constantly. Therefore the information in
this guide or on the linked websites should not be considered current, complete or exhaustive, nor should you rely on such information to recommend a course of treatment for
you or any other individual in place of a visit.
The Truth about Teeth Whitening

           With the White Smile for Life program that we offer to current patients at Friendly
           Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry, our patients can keep their smiles bright and beautiful
           for life!

           When a patient enrolls in the White Smile for Life program, we make them
           custom bleaching trays and give them a startup bleaching gel kit. This program
           has a one time enrollment fee of only $99. This is a savings of more than $200!
           Patients then receive a FREE touch-up tube of bleaching gel at each of their 6
           month preventive visits for life!*

           What we ask of our patients enrolled in the program in return is:

     •     They need to keep up with their six month preventive care visits. We care
           about our patient's long term dental health and keeping up with regular 6
           month checkups greatly reduces the chances of dental problems and
           emergencies. We are happy to offer this program as an additional benefit to
           our patients who are committed to their long term dental health.
     •     They need to provide us with at least 24 hours’ notice if they need to cancel or
           change an appointment.

           If you are interested in enrolling in this program, please call our office at 701-364-
           9990 and we will get you started!

     *See office for complete details. The touch-up tube is what is required to maintain whiteness for the “average” dental patient.
     Additional gel is available for purchase for patients desiring even brighter teeth or those with natural gray tones. There is no
     guarantee that whitening will work for everyone. If a patient loses, grinds, or breaks their custom trays, they can purchase another
     one for $49.50. The cost of replacement trays and gel will be evaluated annually & adjusted to reflect changes in material and
     operating costs. Patient's White Smile for Life membership is valid as long as Dr. Barfield retains her private practice in dentistry.

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The information provided in this guide is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit. If you believe you have
any health problem, you should promptly consult your physician or other healthcare provider. Health and medical information changes constantly. Therefore the information in
this guide or on the linked websites should not be considered current, complete or exhaustive, nor should you rely on such information to recommend a course of treatment for
you or any other individual in place of a visit.
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