Watch this video to help answer some questions about Invisalign.
Teeth Whitening Options
There are two ways to bleach you teeth in order to whiten them: tray bleaching or power bleaching.
The patients that benefit the most to power bleaching are those that have considerable staining on the surface of your teeth. Most likely from smoking.
The patients that benefit the most from tray bleaching are those whose staining are on the inside of the teeth. Most patient fall into this category.
Power bleaching is done in the office and takes about an hour to complete.
In tray bleaching, impressions of the mouth are made to make the trays that will hold the bleach against your teeth. These trays are worn for at least 4 hours (usually while sleeping), in order for the bleach to diffuse through the teeth and bleach the inside of the tooth.
Both whitening options can make your teeth sensitive
In my opinion, you can obtain better results with tray bleaching.
Uses around 75% less radiation that traditional x-rays.
Avoids using chemicals that are harmful to the environment.
Can email x-rays easily to specialist if necessary with no degradation to the clarity of the picture. In the past duplicating the x-ray made it almost unusable.
With computer technology, we can diagnosis easier.
Safety of Amalgam Restorations (Silver or Mercury Fillings)
The mercury in dental fillings uses inorganic mercury that can’t be absorbed.
Organic mercury (the type of mercury we’re warned about in fish) is the dangerous.
An very small amount of inorganic vapor can be released, but only when is vaporized by the drill during removal. The vapor is then immediately sucked away by our high powered vacuums.
Amalgam fillings last longer and have more predicable outcomes than white fillings.
Amalgam fillings are cheaper than white fillings.
All studies show no adverse effects from amalgam fillings.
There is a small increase in mercury levels in people with amalgam fillings, but the levels are so small that they are considered insignificant.
We’d be happy to place white fillings if that is what you would like to do.
Below is a statement from the American Dental Association: