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It seems that almost everyone these days are looking for ways to improve the whiteness of their smile. And why not? When you have a great, white smile, you’ll typically feel more confident, while projecting health and happiness.
Another reason that people seek to have their teeth whitened is that oftentimes, a great smile is seen as being “youthful”. Because of advances in modern dentistry, it’s now possible for almost anyone to achieve the smile of their dreams. At Black Hills Area Dental, we’re proud to offer our patients the latest and state-of-the art in teeth whitening – the uPhoria Smile system.
With the uPhoria Smile System, we are able to do in one office visit what used to take several appointments. One of the big advantages to using the uPhoria teeth whitening technology is that it is enamel safe, and patients report that they have very little to no tooth sensitivity as compared to other tooth-whitening procedures. If you’ve been interested in tooth whitening before, but were uncomfortable with the time to see results, or the possible tooth sensitivity, then this treatment might be right for you. If you’ve have your teeth professionally whitened in the past, and it’s time for maintenance, you may want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuelson and discuss the options now available to you.
How is that this process can typically offer patients a whiter smile in a single appointment? The science behind a whiter smile is sono-cavitation. This is a fancy way of saying that ultrasonic sound is used to produce a powerful, fast activation of hydrogen peroxide. As the company states, “Developed by one of the five leading global engineers in dentistry, uPhoria is the first to market this proprietary technology”.
To see what other patients have experienced, we invite you to watch this video to learn more about the process, and how it may benefit you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmwxjVxhSw4
Teeth whitening, or tooth bleaching, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure designed to remove stains and discoloration, as well as lighten pigmentation within the teeth. The level of whiteness that can be achieved will depend on the level of discoloration of the teeth and how they came to be stained. Teeth that are brown or yellow due to coffee, tea, or smoking stains will generally lighten four to five shades. Teeth that are gray due to pigmentation within the teeth will lighten two to three shades.
Teeth whitening can be done in one of two ways: or at-home tooth whitening kits provided by a cosmetic dentist. Both of these methods are done under a cosmetic dentist’s supervision so that the chance of negative side effects is reduced.
Teeth can often be whitened by the several new techniques of “bleaching” available today. The most common method used is the “in-office” method where a strong bleaching agent is placed over the isolated teeth and a special light is used to assist the bleaching material lighten the teeth. This method is generally more controlled and probably better for people who have tetracycline stains or streaks on their teeth. The “home” techniques involve making trays which fit into the mouth and these are then filled with bleaching materials.
When worn for a few hours a day, noticeable results are seen generally within a few days to a couple weeks. Results vary from individual to individual, your dentist will be happy to to help you decide which method works best for you. Some of the factors involved include the intensity of the stains, whether or not you have fillings or crowns on your front teeth as well as what may have caused the stains.