Smiles change over the years. You notice that yours looks dull and yellow, but does it have to stay that way? If you have healthy teeth and gums, you can get professional teeth whitening from Nguyen Dental in Prairieville, LA. Safe, effective and quick, this popular cosmetic service brightens stained tooth enamel by up to eight shades. Find out how the process works and how you can maintain your refreshed look.
How dental stains develop
It's not just a matter of time, but also a matter of what we consume:
- Dark drinks, such as colas, tea, and coffee
- Acidic foods, such as tomatoes and citrus fruits, which soften enamel
- Cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco
Additionally, poor oral hygiene habits, some prescription medications, and the aging process contribute to discolored smiles. Although tooth enamel is hard, it retains organic matter because it's a matrix composed of calcified fibers. In other words, tooth surfaces actually absorb stains.
Unfortunately, simple brushing and flossing cannot remove stubborn stains. That's where professional teeth whitening with Dr. Nguyen comes in.
Why professional whitening?
Professional whitening methods simply are safer than over the counter strips and pastes, says Dear Doctor magazine. Whitening products involve concentrated hydrogen peroxide, and under the supervision of a highly skilled dentist, such as Dr. Nguyen, the process causes little to no dental or gingival sensitivity--not so with do-it-yourself kits.
But, when you visit Nguyen Dental in Prairieville for teeth whitening, you receive a careful examination to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy and a precise application of the peroxide gel. Whether you opt for one-hour, in-office treatment or at-home application via customized acrylic trays, you get great whitening results (up to eight shades) so your smile looks and feels its very best.
Keeping a white smile
Of course, the effects of professional whitening fade over time. However, you can keep your smile bright indefinitely by:
- Getting whitening touch-ups and professional cleanings with your Prairieville dentist
- Brushing twice a day and flossing daily
- Avoiding tobacco in any form
- Limiting coffee, tea, soy sauce and other deeply pigmented dietary choices
- Drinking plenty of water to wash tooth surfaces and keep saliva flowing
Your smile aesthetics really can shine. Why not explore the many cosmetic dental services offered at Nguyen Dental? Teeth whitening is just one of them! Call the office in Prairieville, LA today for your consultation: (225) 673-1647.
Crowns and bridges, two common types of dental restorations, offer important benefits for your smile. Prairieville, LA, dentist Dr. Paul Nguyen explains how crowns and bridges help improve the appearance and function of your teeth.
How can crowns help my smile?
Crowns restore, protect and stabilize damaged teeth and also improve their appearance. The restorations, commonly called caps, are hollow and shaped just like a tooth minus its roots. Hollow crowns slip over your teeth above the gum and are held in place with dental cement.
You may need a crown if your tooth has broken or is brittle or cracked. Broken teeth are unsightly and make chewing difficult. Crowns offer a simple way to restore the shape and height of your tooth while also improving its appearance.
When you wear a crown, your tooth no longer bears the brunt of the intense pressure you generate when chewing. Crowns encase your tooth and prevent further damage by absorbing the intense pressure biting produces. Not surprisingly, crowns must be incredibly strong to withstand extreme pressure. They're made from a variety of durable materials, including porcelain, ceramic and porcelain-fused-to-metal.
A crown is an excellent choice if you're concerned about an imperfection in a tooth. Because crowns cover teeth completely, they're often used to conceal chips and other flaws in teeth, hide discolorations and change the shape or length of teeth.
What are the benefits of bridges
Bridges are used to restore missing teeth. They're called "bridges" because one or more artificial teeth called pontics are suspended between two crowns. These restorations not only fill in the gap in your smile, but also make it possible to bite, chew and speak easily again. Drifting is a common problem after tooth loss. When a tooth is lost, nearby teeth may begin to move. Drifting can affect your appearance and also cause changes to your bite. When you choose to replace your missing teeth with a bridge during a visit to our Prairieville office, you won't have to worry about shifting teeth.
Could you benefit from crowns and bridges? Call Prairieville, LA, dentist Dr. Paul Nguyen at (225) 673-1647 to schedule an appointment.
Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist have the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.
Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. You dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.
What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.
How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.
Contact Your Dentist
You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.
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