How Our Pearland Cosmetic Dentist Recommends You Keep Your Teeth White After Whitening Treatment

How Our Pearland Cosmetic Dentist Recommends You Keep Your Teeth White After Whitening Treatment

You have likely read our past blogs on professional teeth whitening and what causes your teeth to yellow, and now that you have decided to undergo our professional teeth whitening treatment, you may be wondering how you can prolong the bright whiteness of your teeth. Here is what our Pearland cosmetic dentists recommend.

Continue Your Daily Teeth Cleaning Routine For Great Oral Health

As always, it is important to brush your teeth at least two times a day with a whitening toothpaste, as well as flossing nightly. We recommend brushing after breakfast and before going to bed, but brushing three times a day is okay too. Making these two steps a habit will keep your white teeth bright and clean, reducing your chances of re-staining them.

Avoid Staining and Discoloration in Your Teeth

Once you have completed our cosmetic teeth whitening, it is important to understand what made them yellow in the first place. When your enamel is both strong and healthy, it is the whitest part of your teeth, but when it weakens and wears away, it exposes the underlying dentin, which is naturally yellow. Enamel can become weakened by the consumption of acidic foods and drinks, such as soda, sugary foods, citruses, and even some starches.

Beverages that contain tannins, such as coffee, tea, and wine, play a big role in staining and yellowing your teeth. Tannins are a type of polyphenol–polyphenols are naturally found in plants, and although they have some health benefits, they, unfortunately, reduce the whiteness and brightness of your teeth. You don’t need to cut out these drinks completely, as they do provide some health benefits, but it is a good idea to enjoy them less often. If possible, drink your tea and coffee through a straw so that your teeth don’t make as much contact with the tannins.

Don’t Skip Your Dental Cleanings, Come Into Our Pearland Dentist Office

Also important to maintaining your teeth whitening treatment is ensuring you see our dentists twice a year for your routine cleaning. We will gently polish the teeth to rid them of surface stains. However, even with these habits, the whitening treatment will fade over time, but the good news is you can continue to use our professional whitening treatments when the time comes. If you would like to come in for a dental cleaning or would like to start another round of teeth whitening, please request an appointment with our cosmetic dentists. We will happily assist you in ensuring your smile remains bright and healthy.

How Young do Our Pearland Dentist Patients Need to be to Whiten Their Teeth?

How Young do Our Pearland Dentist Patients Need to be to Whiten Their Teeth?

Many adults come into our office for their regular dental cleanings and decide to ask us about getting teeth whitening treatments done with our Pearland cosmetic dentists. Often times, we also get teenaged patients asking if they can do teeth whitening, as well, just like their parents. It’s great that they ask our family dentist for advice first because, although there are whitening products they can buy over the counter, those kits are not what's best for our patients. Effective whitening depends greatly on professional-grade equipment and custom-tailored treatment plans like the ones we offer at our office.

What is the Youngest Age Someone Can Whiten Their Teeth?

Our Pearland family dentists highly recommend that no one younger than age 13 undergo teeth whitening treatment. Although teeth whitening is perfectly safe, we prefer it when our patients wait until all of their permanent teeth have finished emerging because, as kids lose their baby teeth and larger adult teeth emerge, their corresponding nerves also grow and become larger. This greatly reduces the chances of experiencing any sensitivity when it comes time for treatment.

If You’re Over 13, Can You Use Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening Products?

While we certainly can’t tell you what you can do, we are here to offer expert advice on what you should do.

As family dentists, we cannot in good faith recommend that teenagers and adults use over-the-counter products because they are ineffective and may do more harm than good. Teenagers should come to our cosmetic dentists because we offer whitening trays customized to them, which ensures they get a proper fit. We also make sure to discuss how sensitive their teeth are and how white they want their teeth to be, as well as the proper routine to follow in order to get the desired results.

At Kirby Smiles, we give our patients a professional-grade whitening gel that they apply directly to the teeth and releases oxygen ions. These ions make their way into the teeth and remove any deep stains, resulting in a smile that is up to 8 times whiter. OTC whitening treatments merely polish the tooth’s surface. 

Teeth Whitening For Teenagers and Adults at our Family Dentist Office in Pearland, TX

If you find that your teenager would love to have a whiter smile without risking long-term discomfort and sensitivity, then please request an appointment with our cosmetic dentist so we can help them achieve brighter teeth without the adverse effects.

What Issues Can Dental Veneers Correct For Our Pearland Patients

What Issues Can Dental Veneers Correct For Our Pearland Patients

Dental veneers are a common cosmetic procedure we offer here at Kirby Smiles in Pearland, Texas. We offer many different kinds of veneers: traditional veneers, composite veneers, EMAX veneers, and Empress veneers. Each type is made with different materials, along with their own pros and cons, but many of our Pearland dental patients are not fully aware of what veneers are used for. The truth is, our wide selection of cosmetic dental veneers can correct a number of things our patients may not be happy about when it comes to their teeth.

Dental Problems That Can Be Solved With Veneers

As a cosmetic procedure, veneers are meant to correct any flaws that our patients may feel the desire the correct so that they can smile proudly and confidently.

Teeth Discoloration

Dental veneers can correct any unsightly discoloration. Although teeth whitening is another cosmetic dental service we offer, some of our patients have extensive discoloration and prefer porcelain veneers due to their bright whiteness that makes them look younger and feel the same confidence they felt when they were younger.

Gaps in the Front Teeth

Many patients have gaps in their teeth–most commonly in between the two front teeth. Our dental veneers can be placed over the affected teeth in a way that covers the gap so our patients can have a full smile. This also helps them get a better clean when they brush and floss.

Misshapen Teeth

Dental veneers can also correct teeth that are off in shape. Awkward shape can result from natural unevenness, or even from chipping or breaking. Because dental veneers are applied rather quickly, our patients with misshapen teeth can have their smile back in little time.

Think Veneers Might Be Right For You? Contact Our Pearland Cosmetic Dentist

If you have some flaws in your teeth that you wish to be corrected, please book an appointment with us for your initial consultation. At this appointment, we will discuss what you would like to correct and if veneers are right for you. We will also thoroughly discuss the different veneers we offer and help you pick which type best meets your needs.

Our Pearland Dental Implants are Restorative and Cosmetic

Our Pearland Dental Implants are Restorative and Cosmetic

Implant dentistry is a common procedure we provide for our patients at our Pearland dentist office. Although commonly thought of as a restorative dentistry procedure, it also works as an effective cosmetic dental procedure. Here is how.

Why Dental Implants May Be Necessary For Our Pearland Patients

Our Pearland dentists may recommend dental implants if a patient has lost one, two, or several permanent teeth. Our teeth are meant to work together and fit together perfectly. When they do, chewing and talking are both easy and our patients are protected from bone loss and/or facial collapse.

Facial collapse occurs as a result of missing teeth. When the gap left behind by a missing permanent tooth and is left untreated, there is nothing there to support the jaw and lips. If the jaw and lips lack support, the jawbone will shrink and the cheeks will start to sag. This causes the face to sag as well and create a collapsed appearance. Facial collapse quickly makes the face and the patient appear aged, which becomes a cosmetic concern for most of our patients.

How Can Dental Implants Help?

First off, what we refer to as a dental implant is actually a titanium post that is installed into the jawbone. Although this may sound alarming to some, titanium is highly biocompatible, meaning the body adapts to it very well. In fact, titanium is also used in hip and knee replacements, which are both common procedures

After the post is implanted, the healing process takes 4-6 months. Although there is some discomfort, this does not last the entire time. Most of the healing is really the jaw bone adjusting and growing around the titanium post. This process is the most extensive of the overall dental implant procedure, but it is critical, as it ensures the implant stays put for years to come.

Once healing is completed, the post acts as the tooth root and a connecting piece called an abutment is placed over the post. This piece then links the post to a crown our Pearland dentists apply in order to achieve the most natural appearance. The finished procedure fills the gap caused by a missing tooth and allows the implant to fit seamlessly with the rest of the teeth, resulting in a restored, healthy mouth and face, and a bright, confident smile like our other Pearland cosmetic dental procedures.

Implant Dentistry at Kirby Smiles in Pearland, Texas

If you are considering dental implants to restore your smile, please request an appointment for the first consultation. At this appointment, our Pearland cosmetic dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and determine if a dental implant is right for you.

 

Have Yellow Teeth? Kirby Smiles in Pearland Offers Teeth Whitening

Have Yellow Teeth? Kirby Smiles in Pearland Offers Teeth Whitening

Having yellow teeth is not fun. It often leads to a lack of confidence and can prevent our patients from showing the true, beautiful smile they have. We help bring out their smiles by offering professional-grade whitening treatments you can use in the comfort of your own home.

What Causes Yellow Teeth?

Our patients find it helpful when they understand what may have caused their teeth to become yellow in the first place. Here are just some of the reasons you may be struggling with yellow teeth.

Watch What You Drink

The drinks we consume have a greater impact on our teeth than most of us realize. Drinks such as coffee, tea, and wine can stain your teeth. This is because they each contain tannins, which are a type of polyphenol. Polyphenols naturally occur in plants and can act as antioxidants, which are good for your overall health. However, consuming these beverages excessively can be a main cause of yellowing.

Weakened Enamel

When enamel is strong and healthy, it is the whitest part of your tooth. When your enamel weakens and wears away, it exposes the underlying dentin, which naturally takes on a yellower hue. You can weaken your enamel by consuming acidic drinks and foods, such as sodas, sugary sweets, citruses, and even starches too often. 

Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments Are More Effective Than Store-Bought Treatments

We don’t recommend over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments because they are simply ineffective and don’t last as long as you deserve. At Kirby Smiles in Pearland, Texas, our dentists offer whitening trays customized to each of our individual patients, so they get the results they want with the help of our dentists' expertise. Along with the trays, we give each patient a professional-grade whitening gel that is applied directly to the teeth and releases oxygen ions. These ions make their way into the teeth and remove any deep stains, resulting in a smile that is up to 8 times whiter. OTC whitening treatments merely polish the tooth’s surface.

Our Pearland Dentist Offers Custom At-Home Teeth Whitening Trays

If you would like to brighten up your teeth after years of staining, please schedule an appointment. At your appointment, we will discuss your desired results, how to achieve them, and how to ensure you can show off your white smile for longer.