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Ways of Keeping Your Teeth Pearly White
Keeping your teeth healthy is part of your overall at home healthcare routine but keeping them white is also important if you want to make a good impression and keep a healthy smile. Dr. R. Scott Langdon is a dentist in Mooresville, NC he offers professional teeth whitening services.
How to Maintain a Bright Smile
Dental patients can avoid yellowed and stained teeth in the following ways:
- Maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine: While it may seem obvious, many people do not care for their teeth as well as they should. To maintain white teeth, you should brush at least twice daily for at least two minutes. Floss at least once each day, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Avoid food and beverage that stain: Some foods such as berries, curry, and tomato sauces can stain teeth enamel as can tea, coffee, and wine. If you want to avoid stains, it’s best to keep them to a minimum or avoid them altogether. If you do have them, make sure you brush your teeth after, but wait for at least twenty minutes.
- Avoid tobacco products: Smoking is a surefire way to stain your teeth. It will also make your breath smell unpleasant and can increase your risk of gum disease and oral cancer.
- Get professional whitening: If your teeth are already discolored or stained, in-chair teeth whitening can get you back to a good place with your smile. It safer and more effective than DIY whitening kits and the results will last longer.
- Maintain a healthy diet: You may not know this but chewing on fruits and veggies that have a high water content, such as apples and celery, can stimulate saliva production. This, in turn, helps to clear bacteria from your mouth and will help prevent staining.
Don’t let your stained teeth be an embarrassment. If you want to find out more about professional in-chair whitening, or dentist-approved home whitening kits in Moorseville, NC call Dr. Langdon at (704) 664-1188 to schedule an appointment.
There are several cosmetic dentistry procedures that can give you the smile you have always wanted. There are procedures for reshaping teeth, fixing chips/cracks, brightening your smile, and much more. A cosmetic dentist can help you select the right cosmetic dentistry procedures for you. Dr. R. Scott Langdon is your cosmetic dentist in Mooresville, NC.
Cosmetic contouring is a procedure for reshaping teeth that are oddly shaped. The teeth are contoured and reshaped by removing small portions of enamel. The dentist continues removing enamel a little at a time until the misshapen tooth has been corrected. During a consultation, your Mooresville cosmetic dentist can determine whether cosmetic contouring would be the right procedure for improving the appearance of a problem tooth.
Cosmetic fillings are an aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal fillings. Just like any other type of filling, cosmetic fillings help strengthen and restore areas of teeth that have been affected by decay. Cosmetic fillings are made from a composite resin material that can be closely matched to the natural tooth color. Since cosmetic fillings match the color of teeth, the fillings blend right in and are not easily noticed by others.
Veneers can give teeth with certain types of cosmetic imperfections a whole new look. A veneer is a thin cover, usually made from porcelain or plastic, that is placed on the front surface of a problem tooth to conceal any marred areas. Veneers help transform the look of teeth that are stained, discolored, chipped, cracked, oddly shaped, or have uneven surfaces. Veneers can also be used to conceal gaps between teeth. The size, shape, and color of veneers are customized to each patient for the best fit and most natural look possible.
Teeth whitening treatments can whiten your teeth by several shades in a single one-hour in-office treatment session. Professional in-office whitening treatments deliver the fastest and longest lasting whitening results of any type of teeth whitening treatment. Further, in-office teeth whitening treatments are the safest way to achieve significantly whiter and brighter teeth, for special precautions are taken to protect the gums.
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Several cosmetic dentistry procedures exist for transforming your smile. Dr. Langdon can help you decide which kind of cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Langdon, your cosmetic dentist in Mooresville, call the office at (704) 664-1188.
A dull smile may make you feel a little less confident about your appearance. Luckily, teeth whitening provides a simple way to lighten your teeth by as much as three to eight shades. Our Mooresville, NC, dentist, Dr. R. Scott Langdon, shares some information about teeth whitening.
Whitening doesn't have to take long
Over-the-counter whitening kits can take weeks or months to produce results, unlike professional whitening. After a single visit to our Mooresville office, your smile will be noticeably whiter. In fact, in-office whitening only takes about an hour.
Your dentist uses strong whitening agents
Hydrogen peroxide is the effective ingredient in whiteners, but its strength varies depending on whether you purchase a drugstore product or choose professional whitening. The hydrogen peroxide used in professional whitening is much stronger than the whiteners in over-the-counter products and can produce impressive results quickly.
Hydrogen peroxide is a very effective stain buster
Brushing your teeth is an excellent way to remove plaque, but it's not very effective in removing stains. Stains form when pigments in darkly colored foods penetrate tiny pores in your tooth enamel. The pores are so small that they can't be reached with toothbrush bristles. Any food or beverage that contains dark or brightly colored pigments, such as coffee or berries, can cause stains. Smoking also tends to stain your enamel.
Hydrogen peroxide gel is very effective at removing stains. It seeps into the pores in the enamel and breaks apart the pigments that cause stains.
Preparation before whitening is very important
Before your teeth are whitened, you'll undergo a dental examination and cleaning. The examination ensures that you don't have any cavities or other dental issues. Should your dentist find any problems, he'll probably recommend treating your oral health issues before proceeding with the whitening session.
Cleaning your teeth removes plaque and tartar. These substances not only cause cavities and gum disease, but block the effects of the hydrogen peroxide gel. If you whiten your teeth without removing plaque and tartar, your teeth will look speckled after your treatment. A cleaning and dental exam are important whether your choose in-office whitening or opt for an at-home whitening kit offered by your dentist.
Sensitivity can occur if even a small amount of gel touches your roots or gums. Before your treatment, a special gel will be applied to your gums to protect them. Retractors, small plastic devices that gently pull your cheeks away from your teeth, will also be used.
Boost your smile with teeth whitening. Call our Mooresville, NC, dentist, Dr. Langdon, at (704) 664-1188 to schedule your appointment.