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Professional teeth whitening service at Smart Smile Dentistry in Gainesville, FL

Cosmetic dentist in Gainesville, FL offering professional teeth whitening. Teeth will bite and chew even if they are stained and discolored. But chewing and biting is not their only significance. They are an essential asset part of your personal appearance and add to your social appeal as well. Stained and discolored teeth are a disadvantage. Humans, particularly females, have since ancient times been looking for ways to keep their teeth white and sparkling. Various herbal and other methods have been used in the past with various degrees of success. All these techniques required a lot of personal effort and investment in time. Our ancestors had plenty of time to spare. Not the man or woman of today. Hence discoloration of teeth is a common occurrence. Luckily, modern dentistry offers very effective and quick whitening processes. At Smart Smile Dentistry in Gainesville FL, Dr. Samant will give you a new and beautiful smile by getting rid of your teeth stains and discoloration, with the help of professional teeth whitening.

Why do teeth get stained?

Any of many reasons can cause your teeth to get stained over a period of time. If you understand these, maybe you can delay the discoloring of your beautiful teeth. Most important among the modern causes are smoking and drinking, both non-essential activities. Excessive drinking of tea and coffee is also a reason. Hereditary tendencies also exist among some people which cause their teeth to pale. Prolonged use of some antibiotics has also been noted as a reason for teeth getting stained. A growing cause of teeth discoloration in developing countries is lack of good oral and general hygiene and gastric acidity due to various changes in lifestyle and food intake.

How to prevent discoloration of teeth?

It is obvious that most of the causes listed above are to a great extent within one’s own control. The following measures are pointed out to avoid or delay paleness of teeth:

  • Observe strict oral hygiene
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco
  • Eat a healthy diet and develop healthy physical habits to avoid acidity

These efforts will prevent or delay teeth discoloration but in some persons teeth may still get discolored due to other reasons beyond their control.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure to make stained or discolored teeth whiter by removing stains and discoloration. Teeth whitening is best done at the dental office by a qualified dentist. It could also be performed at home independently; in which case it is known as at-home teeth whitening. Various over the counter products are available in the market to suit budget, convenience, and taste. Teeth whitening is certainly not a one-time activity. It will need to be repeated periodically. The frequency will depend on life style, hygiene habits, and various other factors. The active ingredient is almost always a bleaching compound which releases hydrogen peroxide, such as carbamide peroxide.

Who can benefit from teeth whitening?

You are a suitable candidate from teeth whitening, if:

  • You have coffee or tea stains
  • You want to get rid of your tobacco teeth stains
  • Your teeth have stained over time

Who should not get teeth whitening?

All people above the age of eight years can have their teeth whitened or whiten their teeth at home, with the exceptions below:

  • People with already sensitive teeth
  • People with cavities in their teeth
  • Pregnant women
  • Breast feeding women
  • Children under eight years of age

Teeth whitening at Smart Smile Dentistry

At our dental office the dentist takes special precautions to protect your gums and other oral tissue. This could be in the form of a protective gel or the dentist could place a protective sheet on the patient’s gums. Then the bleaching chemical is applied to the teeth. Dr. Samant is a highly qualified dentist at Smart Smile Dentistry in Gainesville FL, who possesses extensive experience in cosmetic dental procedures and in bringing smile to peoples’ faces by removing their teeth stains through a professional teeth whitening procedure. At Smart Smile Dentistry, we also take care to use the most efficient yet safe bleaching agent, so as to make sure that your surrounding tissues are not damaged.

Home teeth whitening

Home whitening is done normally by using special trays to fit over your teeth. Chemical in the form of gel or paste is placed in the trays and the trays worn on the teeth. The trays are worn for one or two hours daily for two to three weeks. Care needs to be practiced in using these products because the peroxide can bleach the surrounding tissue also. Two types of trays can be used for home whitening. Custom made trays are provided by the dentist. The Dentist makes an impression of your teeth and prepares trays which exactly fit over them. This reduces chances of the bleach leaking around onto the gums and damaging them.

The trays which accompany off the shelf whitening products will not exactly fit over your teeth but will be less expensive. Greater care must be taken to avoid the chemical leaking over to the gums. The chemical used in home whitening products is relatively weaker compared to that used by the dentists to reduce chances of damage by chance.

Cheaper home whitening products are available. These could be whitening tooth pastes and whitening strips, etc. However, it is advisable that you must first consult Dr. Samant at Smart Smile Dentistry before opting for any domestic whitening kit, so that you achieve the best results out of your in-home whitening procedure.

Laser teeth whitening

Laser whitening is an advanced form of whitening and must be performed in the office by a trained and licensed professional. It can whiten by about ten shades in under one hour, thereby significantly reducing the chairside time and the number of appointments required for achieving the optimal results.

How do you compare home whitening with professional whitening?

A professional whitening, either by laser or chemical, is performed by a trained and licensed professional. It is much safer, and faster with predictable results. Further, better results are obtained in much shorter time. The dentist knows who will benefit from whitening process and who should not try it. Of course, professional whitening will be more expensive than whitening your teeth at home. But the time saved, quality of the result and the safety will more than offset the extra cost.

Are there any side effects of teeth whitening?
None, except that with repeated action of the bleach in some people the teeth may tend to become sensitive. This more likely in patients with enamel deficient teeth.

Whitening of root-canal-treated teeth

The process described above is called surface whitening or ‘vital’ whitening. It may benefit teeth with a root canal treatment. That will be the case when the staining is on the inside of the tooth. In such a case the dentist can open the canal, place a whitening agent inside, and then seal it again. The chemical will gradually act and whiten the discoloration.

A beautiful smile and an attractive personality is just a phone call away! All you have to do is to book an appointment with Dr. Samant at Smart Smile Dentistry in Gainesville FL, and then let us take care of all your cosmetic dental problems.

Contact cosmetic dentist in Gainesville, FL

Smart Smile Dentistry can help brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening dental procedure. Contact our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Samant DDS at Smart Smile Dentistry in our Gainesville location today at (352) 376-5120 to schedule your appointment.


Smart Smile Dentistry | 4404 NW 36 Ave | Gainesville, FL 32606 | (352) 376-5120