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By David Cooley, DDS
July 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

 When you have a special event such as a wedding or class reunion, the last thing you want to worry about is your smile. However, time, teethwhiteningsmoking, food and beverages change the color of tooth enamel--even if your mouth is healthy. Dr. David Cooley understands how important your appearance is. So he offers professional teeth whitening in his Kalamazoo, MI office. If you qualify for this amazing cosmetic treatment, you'll see years of discolorations disappear.

Why do teeth stain?

Our tooth enamel is the body's hardest substance--stronger than even our skeletons. However, just because something is strong and durable doesn't mean it isn't porous, too. Just like the concrete on your sidewalk and curbing, tooth enamel picks up stains. Typical discolorations come from:

  • Foods that are darkly colored, such as grape juice, coffee, soy sauce, curry dishes and black tea
  • Smokeless tobacco and cigarettes
  • Some drugs such as antihypertensives and antihistamines
  • Root canal therapy
  • The aging process

Experts at Tufts University say that high acid foods such as citrus fruits and tomato-based sauces facilitate stains because they actually soften tooth enamel. Additionally, when someone doesn't brush his or her teeth or floss regularly, plaque and tartar build up. That organic material helps hold stains in tooth enamel.

How to have pearly whites again

Even people who are conscientious about in-office and at-home oral hygiene get dull, dingy smiles. So Dr. Cooley often recommends teeth whitening for patients whose teeth are decay-free and whose gums are pink and healthy.

How does professional teeth whitening in Kalamazoo work? Your dentist uses a powerfully concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to literally bleach out stains from tooth surfaces. Applied in just one hour at the office, or more moderately at home over several days, the peroxide gel oxidizes the discolorations, leaving the teeth several shades whiter.

A great benefit of whitening at the dental office is professional supervision. Dr. Cooley ensures your teeth are healthy enough for this cosmetic treatment, and he takes care that your gums and other oral tissues are not irritated by the gel.

Another benefit is effectiveness. Store bought strips, toothpastes, rinses and trays cannot produce great results because their active ingredients are not concentrated. The whitening trays Dr. Cooley offers for at-home whitening are custom-made to fit over your teeth perfectly. There is no seepage of the gel onto the gums and no dilution of the whitening agent with your own saliva.

Keeping your smile at its whitest

To maintain your dazzling look, limit your consumption of staining foods and beverages, or if you do consume them, drink water and/or brush afterwards. Also, buffer acidic foods with milk or hard cheeses such as cheddar. Of course, smoking cessation is helpful, too.

Find out more

For a cosmetic dentistry consultation, contact Dr, Cooley in Kalamazoo, MI. This well-credentialed and highly skilled dentist can give you the whitest smile possible. Call today: (269) 345-1021.

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