Posts for tag: teeth whitening

By Dr. David L. Carlson
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic Dentistry SmileCosmetic Dentistry Remakes Your Smile

How cosmetic dental procedures from your dentists in Wheaton, Illinois, can give you an outstanding smile

You can have the smile you want and deserve, even if you have damaged teeth. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can remake your smile, changing your smile from dull to dazzling. Whatever bothers you about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help. Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling in Wheaton, IL, offer a wide range of cosmetic dental services to help you and your smile.

Not everyone is born with a great-looking smile. If you are one of the many people with a damaged, dull smile, you can remake it. Consider just a few of the many procedures available to rejuvenate your smile:

  • Professional Teeth Whitening: Professional teeth whitening treatment is effective and quick. In fact, the in-office treatment takes only about an hour, and you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter. Your fantastic results can last up to 5 years too! Unlike over-the-counter whitening products, which may contain harmful chemicals, professional teeth whitening products have been rigorously tested and approved by the American Dental Association.
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings: If you have old, crumbly metal fillings that are ruining your smile; tooth-colored filling material can be matched to the color of your teeth and sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth. The filling material is hardened with a dental light, giving you a filling that is virtually invisible. Tooth-colored fillings enhance your beautiful smile and protect your teeth.
  • Porcelain Veneers: If you have large or small chips, cracks, fracture lines, and other signs of damage; porcelain veneers can hide what everyday wear-and-tear and aging have done to your smile. Veneers are thin laminates of beautiful porcelain, which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain veneers hide defects and damage, giving you a perfect smile!

To find out more about these services and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Dr. Carlson and Dr. Schuiling in Wheaton, Illinois, at (630) 653-9002 today and start remaking your smile!

By Dr. David L. Carlson
November 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
StainsfromWithinaToothRequireProfessionalWhitening

Whether performed in a dental office or using a home kit, teeth whitening applications are quite effective for bleaching exterior (extrinsic) stains on enamel surfaces. But what if your discoloration comes from inside the tooth? In this case, extrinsic teeth whitening won’t work — you’ll need to undergo an “internal bleaching” method, which can only be performed in a dentist's office.

There are a number of causes for “intrinsic” staining, including too much fluoride exposure or tetracycline use during childhood. One of the more common causes, though, occurs from root canal treatments used to remove the remnants of the pulp tissue inside a tooth’s pulp chamber and root canals. Certain cements used during the procedure to help seal in the filling material and leftover blood pigments can cause the tooth to darken over time.

To alleviate this discoloration, we use a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate mixed with a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide to achieve a safe, accelerated color change. After determining that the root canal filling is still intact and the bone is healthy, we create a small cavity in the back of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The chamber is cleaned of any debris or stained material and then thoroughly irrigated. The original root canal filling is then sealed off to prevent leakage from the bleaching agent.

We then place the bleaching agent in the cleaned-out space with a cotton pellet and seal it in with a temporary adhesive. This step is repeated for several days until we achieve the desired shade of white. Once that occurs we then seal the dentin with a more permanent filling and then restore the cavity we created with a composite resin bonded to the enamel and dentin.

If we’re successful in achieving the desired color, intrinsic whitening could help you avoid more costly options like veneers or crowns for an otherwise healthy and attractive tooth. The end result would be the same — a beautiful smile without those unsightly stains.

If you would like more information on treating internal tooth stains, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”

DeterminingtheRightWhiteningApproachisKeytoBrighteningaDullSmile

Bright, naturally white teeth are a key component in a beautiful smile. But the opposite is also true: nothing diminishes an otherwise attractive smile more than stained or discolored teeth.

There is good news, however, about tooth staining: it can be greatly reduced with the right whitening technique. But before taking action we need to first uncover the cause for the staining — whether from the outside or inside of the tooth, or a combination of both.

If it’s an external cause — known as extrinsic staining — our diet is usually the source. Foods and beverages that contain tannins, like red wine, coffee or tea fall in this category, as do foods with pigments called carotenes as found in carrots and oranges. Besides limiting consumption of stain-causing foods and maintaining daily oral hygiene, you can also diminish extrinsic staining with a bleaching application.

There are two basic ways to approach this: with either a professional application at our office or with a home kit purchased at a pharmacy or retail store. Although both types use similar chemicals, the professional application is usually stronger and the whitening effect is obtained quicker and may last longer.

Discoloration can also occur within a tooth, known as intrinsic staining, and for various reasons. It can occur during tooth development, as with childhood overexposure to fluoride or from the antibiotic tetracycline. Poor development of enamel or dentin (the main sources of natural tooth color), tooth decay, root canal treatments or trauma are also common causes of intrinsic discoloration.

There are techniques to reduce the effects of intrinsic staining, such as placing a bleaching agent inside the tooth following a root canal treatment. In some cases, the best approach may be to restore the tooth with a crown or porcelain veneer. The latter choice is a thin layer of dental material that is permanently bonded to the outer, visible portion of the tooth: it’s life-like color and appearance covers the discoloration, effectively renewing the person’s smile.

If you’ve been embarrassed by stained teeth, visit us for a complete examination. We’ll recommend the right course of action to turn your dull smile into a bright, attractive one.

If you would like more information on treatments for teeth staining, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Whitening.”

By Dr. David L. Carlson
December 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The foods you love can cause your teeth to look dull and yellow. Coffee, tea and wine may darken your tooth enamel, but even foods that teeth whiteningare good for you, like blueberries, can cause staining. Fortunately, teeth whitening can erase unattractive stains. Wheaton, IL, dentists Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling share some information about the whitening process.

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening removes stains with hydrogen peroxide, a very effective natural stain remover. The chemical penetrates tiny pores in tooth enamel where stains lurk and breaks up the pigments, leaving your teeth brighter and whiter. Although hydrogen peroxide is found in both over-the-counter and professional whitening gels, dentists use much stronger formulations of hydrogen peroxide for more impressive results.

It may take weeks or months to notice even a slight difference in your smile if you use drugstore whitening kits. Professional whitening offers a simpler solution. You'll only need to spend an hour at our Wheaton office to experience a three- to eight-shade improvement in your teeth. Take-home whitening trays are also available for at-home whitening and touch-ups.

What types of stains does whitening eliminate?

Teeth whitening gets rid of stains caused by foods and beverages that contain dark pigments. In addition to coffee and berries, other staining culprits include cola, sports drinks, popsicles and soy sauce. Whitening also removes tobacco stains. Although whitening is very effective in eliminating these stains, it won't have an effect on dental restorations, such as crowns and bridges.

What happens during teeth whitening?

Preparation is a particularly important step in the whitening process. Before your treatment begins, your teeth will be professionally cleaned to remove plaque and tartar, then your lips and cheeks will be gently pulled back from your teeth with retractors. A special gel will also be applied to protect your gums and roots. After the whitening gel is applied to your teeth, they'll be exposed to the ZOOM Whitespeed light, which will enhance the effects of bleaching.

Make over your smile with teeth whitening! Call Wheaton, IL, dentists Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling at (630) 653-9002 to schedule your appointment.

By Dr. David L. Carlson
October 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Contrary to popular belief, all teeth stains are not created equal. While over the counter teeth whitening products like toothpastes, gels teeth whiteningand strips can help to slightly diminish the intensity of everyday stains and discolorations from factors like drinking too much coffee and red wine over a period of time, certain types of stains can only be removed by a dentist. Dr. David Carlson, your dentist in Wheaton, IL, recommends professional teeth whitening treatments for patients looking to significantly whiten their teeth by several shades, and for certain types of stains that cannot be removed with over the counter surface whitening products.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Wheaton

Although stained and discolored teeth may generally look the same to the naked eye, the color of the stain depends on what causes it, and also determines the best method for effectively removing the stain and lightening the shade of the tooth. Surface whitening treatments may not be effective for teeth that have been restored with cosmetic dental treatments like bonding, porcelain veneers or crowns.

Professional teeth whitening treatments are most effective for stains caused by wear and tear of the enamel, the surface layer that protects our teeth from external factors like the food and drinks that we consume on a daily basis. The most common causes of surface stains to the teeth include coffee, tea, wine, dark fruits and sauces like berries and soy sauce, and smoking. If your tooth discoloration is caused primarily by your diet, you are an excellent candidate for professional teeth whitening treatments, which use a higher concentration of professional grade whitening agents not available over the counter.

Consult with a dentist to discuss removal options for stains caused by damage to the dentin, the layer below the enamel.

Contact a Dentist in Wheaton

Our teeth are always at risk for staining and dullness due to our diet, lifestyle habits, trauma and certain medications. A professional teeth whitening procedure can drastically improve your smile in a simple visit to the dentist. For more information, contact the office of Dr. Carlson by calling (630) 653-9002 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carlson today.