Can Your Boulder Smile Be Too White?

It seems like everyone is trying tooth whitening products to brighten their smile. Are you one of them? There are many products you can try at home: white strips, paint-on gels, brightening toothpastes or mouthwashes. But can whitening treatments turn into too much of a good thing?

It’s entirely possible. Just as people become obsessed with plastic surgery, or working out constantly to achieve super fitness, some people become “addicted” to tooth-whitening.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, tooth whitening is the No. 1 cosmetic service requested of dentists. And nationally, we spend more than $1 billion a year on over-the-counter tooth bleaching products.

You may think your teeth are indestructible. But bleaching products can permanently damage your tissues. Dr. Irwin Smigel, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics says he’s had patients who have required root canals because they’ve overbleached. Tooth enamel can wear away from too much bleaching. Your teeth can become translucent, or turn blue or gray…just the opposite of the smile you want.

If you’re looking for a white smile that’s natural looking and won’t damage your teeth, Dr. Kalfas offers the Zoom! in-office whitening system in Boulder. Zoom! can lighten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter. For at-home touch-ups, Dr. Kalfas can make up bleach splints to use.

As with all her services, Dr. Kalfas has several customized options for tooth-whitening. She can also offers the KöR Deep Bleaching System, which uses a combination of in-office power bleaching and at-home trays that you wear while you sleep. The trays are created from custom molds of your teeth, so they’re very comfortable.

Your teeth are an important part of your overall health as well as being the most noticeable part of your smile. The American Dental Association recommends that patients interested in tooth whitening start with a dental exam and consult with their dentist about the best methods for whitening their teeth. It’s the best way to achieve a beautiful white smile without damaging your teeth.

Call the Boulder dental office of Dr. Lisa Kalfas today at 303.447.9161 to get a beautiful white smile that’s uniquely you!