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By J. Michael Plyler, DDS, PA
July 09, 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 J. Michael Plyler, DDS, PA
September 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By J. Michael Plyler, DDS, PA
September 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How teeth whitening treatment from your Hot Springs, Arkansas dentist can enhance your smileteeth whitening

If you want brighter teeth, you may have tried grocery store or shopping mall whitening products. You may have found that they don’t whiten your teeth enough, and the results don’t last very long. You may have also noticed your teeth are now sensitive. The truth is many over-the-counter products aren’t very effective and can actually contain harsh chemicals which can make your teeth sensitive.

There’s another way to achieve brighter teeth and a whiter smile. It’s time for you to discover professional teeth whitening! Dr. J. Michael Plyler in Hot Springs, Arkansas wants to share how professional teeth whitening can enhance your smile.

There are many reasons why your smile may look dull, dingy, and yellow. Aging has a lot to do with why your smile is no longer vibrant. As you age, your tooth enamel becomes thinner and more transparent. The layer underneath enamel, called dentin, begins to show through, and dentin is yellow. The older you are, the more yellow your smile will look.

What you eat and drink plays a huge part too! If you drink coffee, red wine, or eat foods with dark pigments, your teeth will pick up stains. If you use tobacco products whether it’s smoking or chewing tobacco, you will get dark brown stains.

You can get rid of all of those stains with professional teeth whitening. Dr. Plyler offers these effective options:

  • An in-office whitening treatment that takes about an hour; this treatment is perfect if you want brighter teeth in a hurry.
  • A take-home whitening kit; this treatment is perfect if you want to brighten your teeth discreetly and privately, whenever you want.

You can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter with professional teeth whitening. The results are long-lasting too, even up to 5 years! Professional teeth whitening gives you brighter teeth and a whiter smile quickly.

For more information about professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic and restorative dental treatments, call Dr. Plyler in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Achieve your brighter, whiter smile by calling today!