How Do Teeth Whitening Kits Work?

While getting teeth whitening done with a professional is beneficial, there now exist several options for patients who wish to whiten their smiles! Kits for whitening teeth make it possible to whiten your teeth, directly from home. They also provide a less expensive option for those who are concerned about costs.

This article will break down some of the more common questions that our patients have asked at our Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, and Stuart, FL dental practices.

What Are Teeth Whitening Kits?

Teeth whitening kits provide whitening gel for in-home application. The whitening gel is often based on hydrogen peroxide (more commonly known as hydrogen peroxide). The concentration of the gel in kits is more basic than that used by dentists for teeth whitening , and this because of a law in force. 

In-home kits, the application of gel is achieved through bands, pens or pipettes. This makes the kits different by their exposure time. However, their common point and this one is not less. They will make you all teeth whiter.

Are There Other Teeth Whitening Options I Can Do at Home?

Yes! Today, in addition to dental care, there are more and more systems to apply the products that will help us whiten our teeth. Some of the more common ones include the following:

  • The whitening pens: They are smaller and more compact than kits but attract more and more because they are very easy to use. Generally, these pens do not contain hydrogen peroxide but a whitening agent and an accelerator that mimic the action of peroxide. They can be used daily and this allows a better result.

  • Bleaching strips: These “stick” on the teeth and just let them act for about 30min. They are very effective because their application allows a homogeneous distribution of the whitening product. Then, in the background, they work like pens. They release the whitening product directly on the teeth.

  • Gutters: the light gutter remains the flagship principle of dental whitening at home. They allow a short treatment in time but more effective. They usually work with hydrogen peroxide as a whitening agent. It is activated by blue light and allows better penetration of the whitening product.

  • Dental bleaching bulbs: Still little known in the tooth whitening market, they are useful when you are looking for targeted whitening on some of your teeth. It is necessary to impregnate a sponge of the product contained in the bulb and to pass this sponge on the teeth for approximately 10 seconds by teeth. 

Are Teeth Whitening Kits Worth It?

As we have seen, dental whitening kits are an excellent alternative to find a bright smile of whiteness and are an inexpensive option for traditional teeth whitening. However, we must remain vigilant about the chosen product as well as the terms of use. Do not go headlong and buy the first kit that comes to our attention. The teeth and everything in our mouths are part of our health, so we must take the utmost care and information. 

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If you have any additional questions about teeth whitening kits or would like to hear what we recommend, please  contact Riverwalk Dental Group today! We offer four convenient locations in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Stuart, & Port St. Lucie, FL!

What is the Best Material for Dental Crowns?

There are times when your teeth weaken or become vulnerable due to a fracture. With an endodontic treatment or a great fix, your dentist can restore your appearance and function with a dental crown. The dental crown is a cover that covers the entire surface of the tooth, and provides extra protection against wear or breakage. 

There are many materials to manufacture these crowns, and each of them has its advantages and disadvantages, which is why each patient should study with their dentist the different options, and find the most suitable for their particular unique situation.

What Are Common Materials for Dental Crowns?

While there exist a variety of options, some of the most common materials that are commonly used for dental crowns include the following:

Porcelain and Ceramic Crowns

Porcelain and Ceramic Crowns are widely used since they perfectly mimic the natural appearance of the teeth. The improvement in materials is making them increasingly durable!

Crowns of Composite Resins

Composite Resin crowns are considerably cheaper than other alternatives, but have a certain degree of possibility of fracturing, so they are not as durable as those built with ceramics. Usually this material is used for the construction of temporary crowns, while the final one is made. 

Metal Crowns

Metal crowns can be broken down into the following:

  • Platinum/Nickel Crowns: These crowns are strong but unsightly and are reserved for teeth that are in the back of the mouth, which are therefore not very visible. 

  • Gold Crowns:  These crowns offer excellent durability and require less modification of natural teeth. It does not break and does not cause wear on the opposite tooth. The aesthetic aspect is debatable. 

  • Stainless Crowns: These crowns are typically used in very damaged milk teeth. They are only used in the first temporary molars of children, and in some cases, in temporary incisors. 

Zirconium Crowns

These crowns offer great resistance to fractures and masticatory forces in addition to being highly aesthetic, the result of their placement offers a very natural appearance, like one more tooth, being able to use it to restore front teeth and molars, achieving the same tone as that of the dental pieces that surround it.

Crowns Made from Combined Materials

The most common combination for dental crown materials is that of metal and porcelain. In this type of crowns the strength and durability of the metal (on the inside of the crown), and the most natural aesthetics of porcelain (on the outside of the piece) are used.

How Should I Decide Which Material To Use for Dental Crowns?

To choose the most suitable material for each situation, the following must be taken into account:

  1. Patient related factors. A very important point to consider is the information related to allergies that the patient may suffer. For example, for people allergic to heavy metals, materials such as porcelain or zirconium should be chosen.

  2. Purchasing power of the patient, which can generally influence the type of material he prefers for treatment. Ceramic crowns are more economically accessible, for example, if we compare them with those of zirconium, and their appearance is quite natural, although their durability is less.

  3. Function of the dental piece to be restored, for the masticatory function, such as molars and premolars, it is advisable to use resistant materials such as metals or combinations. For frontal or visible teeth, materials with greater aesthetics are recommended (mainly because they can match the tone of the rest of the dental pieces) such as porcelain or zirconium.

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If you have any additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation to see if dental crowns are right for you,  please contact Riverwalk Dental Group today! We offer four convenient locations in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Stuart, & Port St. Lucie, FL!

What is Teeth Whitening?

Tooth whitening is an operation whose result is not valid for life. After the tooth whitening period, they rejuvenate again but will be whiter than before treatment. To regain a bright smile, it will be necessary to redo a treatment.

What Are Some At-Home Solutions to Whiten My Teeth?

People who have yellowed teeth due to daily coffee or tobacco consumption should not worry, because there are several tips for whitening teeth to have a beautiful all-white smile. A teeth whitening kit can be purchased at a pharmacy. The product gets into the teeth and whitens them from the inside. To penetrate products in the teeth, there are two techniques: that of the gutter that requires the use of a bleaching kit. Thanks to these types of equipment, the product penetrates alone in the enamel. It only takes 2 or 3 weeks of daily applications to have pristine teeth. The second technique for self-bleaching is to apply strips. These whiteners are to stick on the teeth for about an hour.

Why Should I Whiten My Teeth?

Today’s society is always looking for beauty, and some people want to improve their physical appearance to feel good about themselves. To achieve this, many adults are more interested in orthodontics to optimize their smiles and get a better masticatory function. When it comes to teeth whitening, even when brushing your teeth with 2 or 3 daily brushings and flossing once a day, that’s not enough to keep your teeth white. To restore radiance to the smile, it will be necessary to resort to the whitening of the teeth.

What Factors Contribute to my Teeth Changing Color?

Several factors intervene in the color change of the teeth. Consuming colored drinks and foods containing color pigments called chromogens is one of these factors. The colored pigments are found in several products such as tea, coffee, red wine, dark soft drinks, dark fruit juices such as grapes, cranberries, curry, tomato soup, and beets. The colored pigments are easily attached to the enamel of the teeth. Age can also contribute to the evolution of the color of the teeth. Over the years, the outer enamel decreases and reveals the naturally yellow hue of the dentine. 

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