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900 E Bellows St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858


 

Family Dentistry - Mount Pleasant MI

teeth whitening Mt Pleasant, MIShelf space is the new king of the supermarket. Just take the products made just down the road in Battle Creek — cereal. No longer is there just a Special K; there is Special K with strawberries, Special K with almonds, Special K with cinnamon, Special K with gummy bears. OK, not that last one. But you get the idea. Now Special K takes up four times the shelf space it once did.

The same is true with toothpaste, and it can get confusing. Between tartar control, breath freshening (isn’t that the point of brushing?), hydrogen peroxide containing, and muscle building…OK, not that last one…it’s hard to know what toothpaste to choose.

One of the culprits is the famed “whitening” toothpaste. The question is, do they whiten your teeth any more than regular toothpaste with fluoride?

In the name of science, and Dr. Egger’s patients, let’s see.

Limited goals

Whitening toothpaste focus on surface stains on your teeth, such as those caused by drinking coffee or red wine. These stains are on the outermost surface of your tooth enamel. Whitening toothpaste can break down these stains, although not with instantly dramatic results.

Unlike teeth whitening options, whitening toothpaste do not contain peroxide. This is the ingredient that gives teeth whitening programs their real power to whiten teeth. Instead, whitening toothpaste use special abrasives that gently polish the teeth, along with other chemicals that help break down stains.

There is a fine line here — too much abrasion and the tooth enamel can be worn down. That’s why whitening toothpaste can only go so far. Without peroxide, they must remove stains by gently scrubbing off the stains.

Some whitening toothpaste contain the chemical blue covering. This adheres to the surface of the teeth and creates an optical illusion that can make teeth appear less yellow. Dr. Egger doesn’t recommend these types of whitening toothpaste.

Instead, Dr. Egger believes you can get moderate whitening with a whitening toothpaste that simply attacks stains. Be sure to look for approval by the American Dental Association, however.

The best way to keep your teeth shiny and white is to visit Dr. Egger twice yearly for your exam and professional cleaning. We will scrub away those coffee and red wine stains on your teeth, all the while making sure your gums look good, and you don’t have any decay.

Is it time for your next visit? Call us at 989-773-3560 to make your appointment.

 

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Teeth Whitening – Your Ticket to a Dazzling Smile

The color of our teeth plays a very major role in making or breaking our smile. Having white teeth can give you a dazzling smile, while having yellow teeth can give your smile an ugly look. People with yellow teeth can even find it hard to mingle with others. A bad smile affects more than just your appearance; it affects all aspects of your life, and teeth whitening even your self-confidence.

Your teeth turn yellow as the enamel (which protects your teeth and gives them that shining white look) wears away. Once this first layer has eroded, the second layer of dentin becomes more visible. Dentin is yellow in color, and so the more enamel wears away, the more yellow shows through.

A number of treatment methods are available on the market for restoring the whiteness of your teeth. You’ve probably seen them in stores or on television. However, most of them are not effective—at least not without continual treatment, which can get very expensive. If you want to achieve the best results for the best overall price in the fastest time, talk to your dentist. Professional teeth whitening procedures are among the leading treatments in cosmetic dentistry—both in positive results and popularity.

At Kenneth Egger, DDS, we offer you the best teeth whitening procedures that will give you the five-star smile you have always wanted. The procedure is simple. Hydrogren peroxide is applied to the tooth and then further treated with lasers. The treatment is simple, quick, and one of the safest cosmetic treatments out there. You are out of the dentist’s office with whiter teeth in no time! It might take around a week for the full results to appear.

Although they can be a sign of more serious dental problems, yellow teeth are in and of themselves aren’t detrimental to your physical health. But the discoloration can seriously mar your physical appearance, causing a negative appearance on your self-confidence and social life. If you want to get white, shining teeth and a dazzling smile, talk to your dentist about how to best whiten your teeth.