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h e a 1 t :i Ramin Mehr D.D.S A Brighter, Whiter Smile There are an array of tooth whitening options, which is best for you? What Causes Tooth Discoloration? Our teeth become discolored for many reasons. Some of the most com- mon causes include aging and con- sumption of staining substances (cof- fee, tea, red wine, cola, tobacco, trau- ma, old restorations, and nerve degeneration). During tooth forma- tion, consumption of tetracycline or excessive fluoride may also cause discoloration. Tooth whitening can usually lighten all of these types of stains. How Does Take Home Tooth Whitening Work? ', Once you and your dental profes- sional decide which tooth whitening option is best for you, the process is easy. A whitening gel is placed I an inconspicuous clear tray that comfort- ably fits over your teeth. As the active ingredient in the gel (hydrogen perox- ide) is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to lighten dis- colorations. The structure of the tooth is not changed, only the tooth color is made lighter. Results are usually noticed after the very first application and maximum results generally occur when the treatment is continued for 7- l0 days. Is Tooth Whitening Right For Me? Tooth whitening can benefit ahnost anyone! After a thorough cleaning and oral examination, your dental professional will help you determine if you are a good candidate. Whitening is ideal for patients who have healthy, natural teeth, If you have any pre-existing restorations taken so that a custom fitted whiten- ing tray can be made. Depending on our schedule, the dental office will let you know when you can pick up your trays and whitening gel. In some cases, the dental office may be able to have your trays ahnost immediately. What Happens Next? Once you have been comfortably fitted with your whitening trays, your ........ 'If you've always dreamed of having a whiter, healthier looking smile, tooth whitening is the fastest, safest and easiest treatment option available in aesthetic dentistry. (bonding, porcelain crown, or veneers), you will probably need to replace them once you have complet- ed the whitening treatment in order to match your new, white smile. Whitening is not recommended tbr patients who are pregnant or lactat- ing. What Happens Once I Decide To Whiten My Teeth? Impressions of your teeth will be dental professional will use a shade guide to indicate the current color of your teeth. This will ultimately allow you to see how many shades you have lightened at the completion of whitening process. At this appoint- ment, you may be asked to choose between whitening during the day or overnight while you sleep. While at home, be sure to follow the take- home whitening instructions and always follow the advice of your den- tal professional. What Are My In Office Tooth Whitening Options? we live in a society of "instant grat- ification" where many patients request almost immediate whitening results. Some dental offices may sug- gest a quick 30 minute jump start as precursor to take-home tooth whiten- ing. Other options involve a more comprehensive IO2 hour appoint- ment. How Long Do The Results Last? Professional tooth whitening results are long lasting and your teeth will always be lighter than they were orig- inally. To further enhance thi: longevity of 3'our newly whitened smile, you should avoid excessive consumption of staining substances while continuously maintaining prop- er real hygiene through tongue scrap- ing, brushing, flossing and regular dental visits. You may also decide to touch-up your tooth whitening results for a few days once or twice a year. Ramin Mehr is a dentist who prac- tices at The Beverly Hills Center for Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry.. Gifts & Home Accessories Fca ITI Mention this ad and get 10% OFF! I99 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills TEL 3re.z7,.499 z 18 -Beverly Hills Weekly