January 11, 2017
Grab a mirror or your cell phone. Now smile and either take a close look at your reflection or take a selfie. Look at your teeth. Are they pearly white? Eggshell white? Yellow? Dark yellow?
There is a reason that teeth whitening remains one of the most popular services in cosmetic dentistry. Removing stains from your teeth is one of the simplest ways to improve the appearance of your smile.
And yet, it isn’t your only option for creating white, bright teeth. Dental veneers can often achieve comparable or better results. But which is right for you?
Dr. David Porter would be happy to help you figure that out at our dentist office in Gillette, WY. He can examine your teeth and give you the information you need to decide whether professional teeth whitening or dental veneers are a better option for you.
To make your appointment, call Synergy Dental Center at 307-622-1311 or use our online contact form.
How White Teeth Affect Us
A study conducted a Loyola Marymount University to assess whether the color of someone’s teeth affected how they were perceived by others. The short answer is yes, but let’s give you some more details.
The researchers found that white teeth were associated with positive traits by a majority of the participants. For instance, 68 percent of the respondents said white teeth could be an indicator of professional success. Also, 64 percent associated white teeth with financial success, and 52 percent associated white teeth with trustworthiness.
This is admittedly focused on first impressions, but this also shows that a white smile can have personal and professional benefits. This can help you as you approach a new client or potential customer. It could help you during a job interview, too.
If you are ready to improve your smile, then Synergy Dental Center is ready to help. Just call 307-622-1311.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Before we go any further, we want to point out an important difference between commercial and professional teeth whitening products. Both use similar whitening agents to remove stains from teeth.
To understand the difference, we want to call attention to research done by the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs. Commercial whitening products with the ADA Seal of Acceptable can contain no more than 10 percent carbamide peroxide, which is equal to about 3.5 percent hydrogen peroxide.
In contrast, professional teeth whitening products can contain between 25 and 40 percent hydrogen peroxide. This is a much higher concentration than you will find in a store-bought whitening kit.
That means that professional whitening products can work more quickly and remove deeper stains than commercial products. Even so, overuse of commercial products can lead to problems.
This is why the ADA council also recommends consulting a dentist like Dr. Porter before you use any teeth whitening product — professional or otherwise.
At Synergy Dental Center, we use KöR whitening products. These are carefully designed to be as effective as possible. This is why KöR is refrigerated and why its reactive ingredients are kept separated until the moment they are placed on your teeth.
To see what KöR can do against decades of morning coffees, afternoon teas, and the occasional glass of wine with dinner. make an appointment at our dentist office in Gillette, WY.
Dental Veneers For Whiter Teeth
Dental veneers work in a different way. Instead of removing the discoloration from your teeth, dental veneers hide them.
Veneers are a kind of shell that is bonded to the front of your teeth. This conceals the discoloration whether it is the result of stains, injuries, or the side effects of medication.
As a result, your dental veneers can be designed to be as white and bright as you want them to be. Veneers have the added advantage of being stain resistant. With dental veneers, you are more likely to maintain that white smile for longer than you would with teeth whitening products.
To get veneers, we may need to remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. This allows us to bond the veneer to your teeth without affecting your profile.
We offer three kinds of veneers — porcelain, e.max, and EasySmile — at Synergy Dental Center. Dr. Porter can discuss the differences between them during your consultation at our office.
Time To See Those Pearly Whites Again
If you are ready for the return of your white, bright smile, you have two great options at our Gillette dentist office.