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Harrisburg, PA 17111

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Posts for: May, 2018

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
May 29, 2018
Category: Teeth Whitening
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth WhiteningDr. Ernest Fontaine offers teeth whitening in his Harrisburg, PA, office. He can help you get that Hollywood smile whether you're a busy mom racing to drop your kids off at soccer practice or a professional who has consecutive meetings all day.

Stained Teeth

Part of the reason our teeth become discolored, or stained, is a result of age, but that's not the only factor. When teeth end up yellow, you end up with a ruined self-esteem as well. Here are some things to keep an eye out for:

  • Chewing tobacco
  • Eating certain foods, such as blueberries
  • Smoking
  • Drinking coffee and/or tea

There are two ways to get whiter teeth:

In-Office Procedure: A device designed to keep your cheeks and lips open is placed in your mouth. This device ensures soft tissue in your mouth don't come in contact with hydrogen peroxide gel and other high-concentration bleaching gels used by your doctor to whiten your teeth. The doctor will then apply gel on the surface of your teeth and leave it for a few minutes. The procedure takes about one-hour. If your dental stains are severe, you may need more than one session.

Take-Home Whitening: Your Harrisburg dentist may recommend taking home a teeth-whitening kit. The results take longer to show themselves than when using an in-office procedure, but this is better than over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits you get at your local store, and it's convenient for busy individuals. Your doctor gets an impression of your teeth and creates a mold so that two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays, one for your upper teeth and the other for your bottom teeth, are made for you. All you need to do is fill each tray with whitening gel provided by your dentist, position each tray over the upper and bottom teeth, then wait for about an hour. You may need to repeat the process to see the results you want.

Are you interested in brightening your smile? Dr. Fontaine offers teeth whitening in his Harrisburg, PA, office. Call for an appointment at 717-564-1310 today!