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Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.
That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.
Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.
The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.
It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.
What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.
How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”
Why feel embarrassed by your teeth when cosmetic dentistry can make you feel proud of your smile?
There are so many options nowadays for getting your smile back on track. Whether you are dealing with unsightly stains or you hate that little gap between your teeth, cosmetic dentistry can really turn your smile around. Our Downingtown, PA dentists are here to tell you how much cosmetic dentistry could do to give you the ideal smile.
The purpose of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance and improve the appearance of your smile. While general dentistry is designed to help maintain good oral health, it is cosmetic dentistry that serves to correct minor flaws and imperfections to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
You’ll want to turn to our expert cosmetic dentist in Downingtown to provide you with a full array of services to meet your needs. Each treatment is tailored to address your smile goals and to make sure that you are happy with your results. Common cosmetic dental treatments that may be able to help you include:
- Teeth whitening to remove surface stains caused by foods, drinks, smoking or age
- Dental bonding to repair and cover small cracks, stains, gaps and chips
- Reshaping and contouring to reshape and improve the look of your tooth
- Dental veneers to hide more moderate dental imperfections
- Dental crowns to improve severely misshapen or discolored teeth
- Gum contouring to improve uneven gum lines and the look of “gummy smiles”
- Dental implants to replace missing teeth for life
When you come into our office, our Downingtown family dentist will sit down with you to help you choose the one or more cosmetic treatments you will need to give your smile the makeover you want. It’s never too late to have a more attractive smile.
Don’t let your smile fizzle out. You can get a smile that you’ll be proud of and the experts at Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, PA are here to ensure that you get the cosmetic dentistry you need so you can have a smile you know you deserve.