Putting style into your smile with teeth whitening is yet another way we are adding Beauty to our Community. Teeth that have been stained or darkened by food, tobacco use, age, medications or injury can be lightened and brightened by means of a non-invasive process known as teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening or bleaching simply refers to any process that will make the teeth appear whiter. While there are many over the counter options for teeth whitening, the most effective and safest teeth whitening systems are the professional strength ones available at the dentist’s office. A dental professional whitening system offers a higher concentration of whitening components and delivers them to the teeth in the most efficient manner to achieve optimal results.
At our office, we offer two exceptional options for tooth whitening. You can choose either an in-office tooth whitening procedure or a professional take home system. Both of these are top-of the-line systems. However, the biggest advantage of the in-office procedure is that in as little as one hour you can achieve a smile that is several shades whiter and brighter than the original color of your teeth.
Our professional strength take home system also produces excellent results. However, this is achieved by way of a more gradual process. Our take home kit may be prescribed alone, or after an in-office treatment to perfect or maintain the in-office result.
A One-Visit Treatment To Eliminate the Appearance of White Spots!
Among the many imperfections that can detract from the appearance of a healthy and well-aligned smile, are white spots on the front teeth. While some white spots may be barely noticeable, larger ones that look like opaque white clouds on otherwise smooth and translucent dental enamel are a common occurrence and are much more unsightly.
What Causes White Spots On The Front Teeth?
What causes these white, chalky looking areas? The truth is that white spots can be attributed to a number of different factors. Mostly an aesthetic concern and not typically an urgent problem unless signs of tooth decay are also present, white spots can be the result of anything from enamel hypoplasia, which has to do with defects in enamel formation, to the irregular white areas that may be seen in some people when their orthodontic appliances are removed. While the first type may be congenital or developmental and hard to prevent, the latter type of white spots is often due to inadequate oral hygiene practices that allow dental plaque, bacteria, and acids to accumulate around the braces. However, as disheartening as the appearance of white spots may be, both enamel hypoplasia and any white spot lesions that appear post-orthodontic treatment can now be effectively treated with outstanding results of care.
How Icon Works
At the office of Ashford Dental, we maintain a position at the forefront of the latest advances in care to provide our patients with smiles that are as beautiful as they are healthy. With Icon®, an aesthetically pleasing, long-lasting and biocompatible dental resin, we can remove white spot lesions in just one visit! As an effective alternative to more complex and invasive methods of care, Icon uses breakthrough micro technology to fill and reinforce demineralized enamel. Best of all there’s no drilling involved, and for white spot lesions that are showing signs of caries, Icon also helps to arrest the progress of tooth decay.
All it takes is a few simple steps! Our dentist will gently clean and etch the teeth, apply Icon and allow it to penetrate into the targeted area. Any excess material is then cleared away and the resin is cured with a special light. As a final step in care, the Icon resin is polished to seamlessly blend with your smile for optimal aesthetics!