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I '11 II 9 c. E GAZETTE - Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 - 83 Lisa Hi, I'd like to know what's with the buzz about teeth whitener. I've overheard several of my co-work- ers discussing them. One person went to the dentist for their whitening and the other is using the strips you can buy in the store. I'm wondering what the differ- ence is besides cost and are they safe? They seem to work because their teeth do look better. - Smiley in Dewey I would like to thank Dr. Curtis Leciejewski for helping me with this question. There are so many choices these days for whitening products it's hard to decide which way to go. LISA LISTENS Lisa Brown sit in the chair for about a total of 1.5 hours uses a 35 percent hydrogen peroxide. Dear Lisa and These agents also use a light in Smiley in Dewey, the process which has been ques- Of all of the questions that are tioned as to actually being effec- presented in my office teeth tive and necessary. In this system whitening is one of the most com- the actual bleaching agent is the mon questions that people have. component that will bleach your To get started in answering your teeth. question there are two ways in All these products will bleach which bleaching agents work. the tooth from within. The One is by removing surface stain whitening toothpaste's that are on and one is by having an intemal the market generally work by whitening of the tooth go on from removing surface stain. the outside of the tooth. All of these agents listed have The biggest difference in all been known to bleach teeth with bleaching agents is the concentra- varying degrees of success and tion of the bleaching agent and they are all generally safe. the specific bleaching compound Problems that have arisen from that is used their use include after bleaching The over the counter strip type sensitivity which can last from a bleaching agents use a 10 percent few hours to a couple of days but carbamide peroxide, generally goes away. There are bleaching agents that Also, the problem of gum sen- use a take home tray systemsitivity and irritation has been where gels are placed in custom noticed which will also clear up. fitted trays that are fabricated by Over the counter pain medica- the dentist, tions are sometimes suggested to This system uses a 16 percent alleviate these symptoms. carbamide peroxide. The oneA person who has had a lot of hour bleaching agents where you fillings and crowns or caps placed must also be aware that these bleaching agents will not change the shade of these materi- als. The filling and caps may have to be replaced if the desired result is not attained. If this is the case the caps or fillings should be replaced after the bleaching is completed to get the corrected shade obtained from the bleach- ing process. The colors of teeth that bleach best are the yellowish type of shades. The brown to gray shades are more difficult and some have had good results while others have limited success. It is important to discuss with your dentist what he or she feels is going" to work best for you as it is definitely an individualized treatment and totally unpredictable as to the desired outcome. I have instruct- ed some patients to try Crest strips first and see if they get a result. If that works they can either continue with them or move on to a more expensive in office bleaching system and see if they get a better result. The biggest problem with take home products is compliance; in today's society we want an instant white smile and for someone to use strips daily or in using cus= tom trays for a period of a few hours for several weeks it becomes more difficult for a patient to comply. This is where the difference in cost comes in. If the dentist is going to do in the chair type bleaching, a higher fee is generally charged for that service as opposed to a patient taking the agents home with them and doing it themselves. Closing. 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