TOOTH WHITENERS

The decision to get one’s teeth professionally whitened can be a big one. There are a number of factors to consider, such as cost, duration, and overall effectiveness. At Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, here in Lexington, we have been helping people with this decision for some time and have produced many happy patients through careful decision-making over the years.

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DENTAL VENEERS: WHAT ARE THEY EXACTLY

Dental veneers are thin (usually porcelain) laminates that are bonded to your natural tooth. Porcelain is usually the material of choice because it looks most like real tooth enamel and reflects light similarly. Most veneers require a small amount of enamel removal to make room for this porcelain. Usually veneers require at least two visits to your dentist because a certified laboratory technician often makes these porcelain veneers while the dentist does the preparation work.

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TOOTH WHITENERS


There is a myth about whiteners damaging your teeth, but this is simply not true, especially as removing stains and discolorations is nothing but good for the teeth. Many people don’t realize that the stains took quite awhile to develop on the teeth and it takes some time to remove them, which is one reason multiple visits are necessary for a thorough whitening. It is also important to realize that once the teeth have been whitened, if the patient returns to the same activities, they will start to stain again; in other words, whitening is temporary and is relative to how much the patient is causing the teeth to be stained by what they eat, drink, smoke, etc.


Besides the mold and gel, there are other methods we offer, such as laser and ultraviolet light therapy. These can be discussed during your initial consult. While caps and veneers cannot be whitened, there are other options we can discuss to get your teeth exactly where you want them regarding whiteness and brightness.


Please call to set up an initial visit. We’re ready to help you with your teeth and keep you smiling.


DR. RUTH ADKINS

Please contact Dr. Ruth Adkins of Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for more information on Tooth Whitening or other dental services. (859)543-0333.

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The decision to get one’s teeth professionally whitened can be a big one. There are a number of factors to consider, such as cost, duration, and overall effectiveness. At Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, here in Lexington, we have been helping people with this decision for some time and have produced many happy patients through careful decision-making over the years.


There are many things that contribute to staining teeth, running the gamut from eating berries to smoking to coffee and tea. Because the teeth are porous, a lot of material can get lodged over the years in the tiny holes we all have in our teeth. A good whitening plan involves using a gel to absorb into the teeth that causes the stains to be eradicated. As dental professionals, we actually take a mold of the teeth, so each case is particular to the patient. The mold allows for the smallest of cracks, crevices, and holes to be accounted for. This makes for uniform whitening for all of the teeth involved, unlike the highly uneven whitening we usually see from generic trays one might buy from a common drugstore shelf. Groceries and pharmacies are filled with tooth whitening kits promising big results, but these cheaper and basic options usually don’t whiten at all or do so unevenly. Chewing gums, special toothpastes, whitening strips, rinses, and paint-on films are all at-home methods that deliver the whitener in one form or another, but none are on par with professional help and care. People tend to come in after these methods don’t work and realize they could have saved a lot of time and money by calling us in the beginning.