Posts for tag: teeth whitening

By James P. Watts, DMD
April 24, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

Even if you’ve finally achieved the perfect white smile, you have to be aware that over time, it will gradually darken without proper maintenance. Although there are a couple of things that you can do at home to preserve your whitened teeth, to maintain it, you will need professional help from your dentist, Dr. James Watts, here in our Mystic, CT, practice.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professionally done teeth whitening will not only get you the right results, but it will likewise make your smile whiter, faster. This is because the bleaching solution used by professional dentists is stronger than those that are commercially available. You also have to take into account the use of light, heat, or a combination of these that will intensify and speed up the whitening process professionally.

Additionally, on the average, professional teeth whitening treatment could provide results that are at least three shades brighter than what you get with commercial products. The process can be done in as fast as two hours or a combination of several visits with 30-minute treatment times each session.

Keeping Your Teeth White

On your own, make sure you brush, rinse, and floss regularly every day. You also have to avoid tannin-rich and acidic food like:

  • Black coffee and tea
  • Red and white wine
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Tomato or soy-based sauces
  • Berries and other strong-colored food

Working With Your Dentist

If you are truly serious in maintaining a white smile, then you need to see your dentist. Your dentist in Mystic, CT, can provide you more in terms of maintenance than you can ever do at home on your own. Regular checkups can include polishing the surface to remove stains. Professional cleaning can effectively fight off discoloration without going through a bleaching process again in your life.

Home oral habits combined with professional cleaning will truly maintain your whitened teeth. Professional teeth whitening is the only way to keep your teeth white for the long-term. Your dentist could likewise ensure that only products accepted by the American Dental Association will be used to maintain the whiteness of your teeth.

For Any Questions or Concerns About Teeth Whitening, Contact Us

Arrange your consultation with our dentist, Dr. James Watts, by calling (860) 536-6446 to reach our Mystic, CT, practice.

By James P. Watts, DMD
March 06, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening   veneers  

If you have stained teeth, we can help. Here at the dental office of Dr. James Watts in Mystic, CT, we offer both veneers and teeth whitening treatment to treat this issue and give you a perfect smile—read on to learn more.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is the quickest method for achieving a brighter smile. Professional treatments are applied in the office by experienced dental professionals who have the right skills and equipment to achieve maximum results. After just one treatment, teeth can become up to eight shades whiter. than before One of the reasons that results can be achieved so quickly is that a professional strength bleaching agent is used to whiten the teeth. Over-the-counter products can whiten the teeth a few shades over time, but do not produce the same results as professional treatments.

In addition to producing a significantly whiter smile in as little as one hour, another advantage of professional teeth whitening is that the results are long-lasting. Teeth can potentially retain their whiter shade for up to five years before additional treatments are needed. At our dental office in Mystic, CT, teeth whitening is as easy as relaxing in a comfortable chair while our skilled professionals carefully apply the whitening gel to your teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Some stains and discolorations cannot be completely removed through tooth whitening. For example, stains that are gray or brown in color are not easily whitened. Additionally, teeth that are severely discolored or have developed pits are not easy to whiten either. In such cases, porcelain veneers are an excellent alternative for achieving a whiter smile.

Porcelain veneers are thin laminates used to give teeth a flawless appearance by covering cosmetic imperfections, such as stains. The veneers are affixed to the front surface of discolored teeth to conceal stains and other issues. Veneers are custom made to look completely natural and fit perfectly in place. Further, the porcelain material used to create veneers mimics the appearance of tooth enamel. Once they are in place, porcelain veneers look like your regular teeth.

Interested? Give Us a Call

The appearance of stained or discolored teeth can be dramatically improved with one of our professional treatments. To learn more about how veneers and teeth whitening can enhance your smile, call our office in Mystic, CT, at (860) 536-6446 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Watts.

By James P. Watts, DMD
October 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Getting a smile upgrade doesn’t necessarily require extensive dental work. You might be able to change your appearance for the better with teeth whitening.

This technique employs a bleaching solution that brightens dull enamel, the outermost layer of teeth. It isn’t a permanent fix, but if cared for properly your brighter smile could last two years or more.

Here’s what you need to know about this proven smile brightener.

Know your options. Enamel whitening is usually obtained in one of three ways: a dentist performing the procedure in-office; at home using custom trays created by a dentist; or at home with an over-the-counter whitening product. The in-office option is the most expensive—but since dentists use a stronger bleaching solution, your brighter tint may last longer and dentists can control the degree of whiteness better.

Know your preferences. That last point is important if you’re looking for a particular look. Teeth whitening can give you a dazzling “Hollywood” smile or one that’s a bit more subtle. It all depends on your lifestyle and personal preferences. Because of their advanced techniques and equipment, you may have better chances getting the look you want from your dentist rather than by doing it yourself.

Know your limitations. This type of teeth whitening won’t work if the staining originates within the teeth—for that you’ll need an invasive procedure only a dentist can perform. You’ll also want to be careful with any whitening if you have dental work like crowns, veneers or fillings: the bleaching solution won’t alter these materials’ color, which could make them stand out beside whitened natural teeth. And if you have diseased teeth and gums, those need to be treated first before any cosmetic procedures like whitening.

Teeth whitening is a great way to take years off a smile. Even if you plan to whiten your teeth at home see your dentist first for a complete examination and helpful tips on products and techniques.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Important Teeth Whitening Question…Answered!

By James P. Watts, DMD
July 30, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Do you wish that your teeth were whiter? Teeth whitening, offered by your Mystic, CT, dentist, Dr. James Watts, provides a simple, quickTeeth-Whitening way to brighten your smile. Read on to learn if this treatment is right for you


What happens during teeth whitening?

Since tooth decay and other dental problems can cause sensitivity during whitening, you'll need to treat any dental problems before your teeth are whitened. Accordingly, you will receive a dental examination and a thorough cleaning.

Protecting your sensitive tissues and roots is a priority. Before your whitening session begins, your Mystic dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums and place retractors in your mouth to prevent your mouth from touching your teeth.

Applying the whitening gel to your teeth only takes a few moments. The gel remains on your teeth for just about an hour. While you wait for it to work, you can read a magazine or play a few games on your phone.


How does the gel whiten my teeth?

The whitening gel your dentist uses contain hydrogen peroxide, a natural chemical that is very effective at bleaching stains. Once the gel is applied to your teeth, it seeps into microscopic pores that harbor stain-causing pigments. These pigments become lodged in your teeth when you drink or eat darkly colored foods and beverages, such as berries, coffee, cola or wine. The gel breaks apart the pigments, eliminating the stains.


How much whiter will my teeth be after whitening?

Whitening results vary from person to person. Most people can expect to see a three-to-eight-shade difference in their teeth. In some cases, another whitening session may be recommended if your teeth aren't quite white enough.


How long will my teeth stay white?

Your results will last two-to-three years if properly taken care of. This includes brushing and flossing daily, avoiding smoking, and limiting darkly pigmented foods and beverages. If you don't want to give up your daily cup of coffee or tea, try drinking the beverages with a straw. The straw will deposit most of the liquid beyond your teeth, thereby decreasing stains.


Interested? Give us a call!

Revitalize your smile with teeth whitening! Call your Mystic, CT, dentist, Dr. James Watts at (860) 536-6446 to schedule an appointment.

By James P. Watts, DMD
May 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Want to get a whiter smile quickly? Then it’s time to consider in-office whitening.

Have you gone through your Facebook photos lately and noticed that your smile isn’t quite as white as it once was? If so, you'll be glad to hear that our Mystic, CT, cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Watts, can help you turn that smile around with professional teeth whitening Teeth Whiteningtreatment!

How do stains develop on teeth?

Tooth enamel is porous, which means that every time you drink coffee or black tea, eat certain dark foods, or smoke, you are exposing your teeth to elements that could increase your chances of developing stains. Of course, even just the simple act of getting older can impact the vibrancy of your smile.

I’m dealing with dental stains. How can professional teeth whitening help?

Before undergoing teeth whitening treatment, you will first need to visit our Mystic, CT, dentist to make sure that your teeth are healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry. During this time, we will also ask about your treatment goals in order to make sure that teeth whitening is the best option for you. After your consultation, we can discuss which of the following approaches is right for your situation.

In-office treatment

In-office teeth whitening can easily get teeth several shades whiter in often just one whitening session. When you come into our office for treatment, the process will take about one hour. After applying a protective material over the gums and lips, we will then paint the bleaching gel over the teeth. The gel contains a high percentage of peroxide, which is effective at breaking down stubborn stain molecules lying within the enamel and even dentin layers of the tooth.

Sometimes a dental laser is directed over the teeth to stimulate the whitening gel and to speed up the process. Once the whitening gel is rinsed off, you’ll be able to see instantly brighter results. Depending on the severity of your stains, you may be able to achieve the optimal results in just one session!

At-home treatment

If you aren’t in a rush to get a brighter smile and you are a bit more budget-conscious, then at-home whitening might be the way to go. If you have tried using commercial whitening products in the past only to be left with lackluster results, rest assured that our professional at-home whitening system is a bit different.

With our at-home whitening system, we will provide you with custom-fitted teeth whitening trays that are much more effective than over-the-counter products. The whitening gel we provide also contains a higher percentage of peroxide, which also means that you won’t have to wear the whitening trays as long as you would with OTC treatments.

Give us a call!

Are you interested in getting professional teeth whitening or cosmetic dentistry in Mystic, CT? If so, let our dental team help you get the beautiful results you’ve been looking for! Call us today at (860) 536-6446 to schedule your consultation.