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Teeth Whitening  Sugar Land TX<If the teeth you see when you look in the mirror are not an accurate representation of who you are, you may be well aware that you’d like to make a change. It is not uncommon to wish for something a little different. Often, the very thing that is needed is a brighter smile. The popularity of professional teeth whitening is a perfect example of the widespread demand for attractive teeth.

We love helping patients of our offices in the Houston, Sugar Land, and Humble offices fall in love with their smiles. Professional teeth whitening is one of our most frequently performed cosmetic treatments, and we can see why. After a single in-office procedure or a course of home whitening, the smile has a whole new vibe.

If you’re ready to raise the bar on your smile with professional teeth whitening, we’d love to meet with you. Together, we discover if teeth whitening treatment is suitable by looking at a few pertinent questions:

Will Teeth Whitening Work?

Because teeth whitening treatments are performed across the country just about every day, it is presumable that this process works. Of course, it does, but not in every situation. The way that teeth whitening works is by penetrating the superficial layer of enamel with an appropriate bleaching agent. In most cases, that is carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. The tiny particles of debris that have settled in enamel are disrupted by the mild bleach, leading to a brighter shade of white.

This process works on most superficial stains, stains that are deposits of food and drink. If teeth are naturally dark because enamel is thin, or have deep internal stains, teeth whitening may not be successful.

Is a Brighter Smile the End-Goal?

Cosmetic dentistry is all about the end-goal, which is a more attractive smile. Before whitening teeth, patients are encouraged to ask what their ultimate end-goal is. If it is to have whiter teeth, then they are on the right track. If there are other concerns in addition to discoloration, there is reason to consider whether an alternative cosmetic procedure, such as porcelain veneers, may be more appropriate.

What About Maintenance?

Compared to other treatments, the results of professional teeth whitening are relatively easy to maintain. Interestingly, research suggests that many people who get their teeth whitened actually do more to take care of their teeth than they did before treatment. While brushing, flossing, and routine dental cleanings can polish enamel to inhibit discoloration, there may come a time when teeth whitening needs to be repeated.

Get the radiant smile that perfectly represents your personality. Call Royal Dental to schedule your consultation and treatment.

Oral Preventive Houston, TXOral hygiene is an important practice. Because we know this, we spend a lot of time teaching good principles to young children. During early childhood, children are learning the value of brushing, then the actual practice of brushing independently but with close oversight. By about age 10 or so, parents may assume that their child has everything under control in the oral care department. Teens not only need continual encouragement to take good care of their teeth and gums, but they also need to be aware of specific risks to their mouth and their general wellness.

In a recent report, the Academy of General Dentistry pointed out that the pace of life that is common today is a risk to teens’ oral and general health. Due to a nearly-constant rush, teens are more likely to reach for convenience foods. Soda is a prime example and the very example that was identified by the Academy as a direct risk to tooth and bone health.

The risk presented by soda may seem obvious to a lot of parents. We go back to the habits of early childhood when sugar consumption was often carefully controlled. Parents of teens may try to discourage their kids from drinking soda because they presume the sugar in such beverages can cause cavities. That’s true. Sugar can lead to tooth decay. The way it does, though, is by supporting acid in the mouth. It is the acid produced by oral bacteria (the tiny microorganisms that consume the sugar from soda and other foods) that causes damage. So, let’s look again at the average soda.

If you look at the ingredients in soda, you are likely to see the word “acid.” In particular, phosphoric acid is a common preservative in soft drinks. According to studies, phosphoric acid is a direct inhibitor of calcium. During adolescence, the body needs 1300mg a day of this mineral. The reason why is that bones are doing their most active growing between the ages of 9 and 18. Without sufficient calcium, there is a risk that bones will remain somewhat fragile and susceptible to fracture. This idea is not theory; it is a fact confirmed by research.

It is unlikely that parents can prevent a teenager from drinking soda if that has been the habit. However, parents can encourage their teens to take a daily multivitamin to support optimal bone and tooth health.

We enjoy assisting families from the Houston area by providing friendly dental care. Contact an office near you to schedule checkups and cleanings for your family.

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