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    13Sep
    There are many reasons for teeth to become dull and discolored. Age and the use of stain-producing food, drink and tobacco are just a few of the factors that can lead to a less-than-dazzling smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry provides many options for whitening your teeth to bring back your radiant smile.

    At Spokane, Cheney Dentist we use the Sapphire Teeth Whitening System. This is a bleaching process that is very effective in lightening discolored tooth enamel. One of the benefits of this system is that this is one of the few companies that have incorporated a desensitizing agent into their whitener's formulation. This feature helps minimize the patient's potential for post-bleaching sensitivity.

    The Sapphire Whitening Process
    Treatment begins by protecting the lips and gums, leaving only the teeth exposed. A hydrogen peroxide-based gel is then applied. The Sapphire procedure uses a light bleaching unit that has been designed to filter out infrared emissions. This feature helps to insure that the teeth being treated don't become over-heated, which is important for your comfort.

    The whitener is usually applied to the teeth in two 30-minute applications. Upper and lower teeth are treated at the same time, and the total time including pre- and post-treatment is somewhere around 90 minutes.

     

    At-Home Follow Up
    You will be given a Sapphire touch-up kit to take home along with instructions on how the kit should be used. We also advise you to use certain stain-producing foods and beverages in moderation to maintain the whitening effects of the Sapphire treatment.

    Is Sapphire Whitening Right for You?

    Before deciding whether Sapphire In-Office teeth whitening is right for you, your Cheney Cosmetic Dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to ensure your overall oral health and discuss your at-home oral hygiene and lifestyle. This will help you and your dentist agree on the whitening product or technique that's best for you.
    05Jul
    Bill was a regular patient at the Spokane Dentist Office, and even though he was diligent about his at-home dental regimen, brushing and flossing routinely, he was not happy with the brightness of his smile. Jim was a two-pack a day smoker for many years. Even though he recently quit smoking he was disappointed that all his efforts to maintain healthy teeth were diminished by the staining caused by years of smoking.
     
    I spent a little time talking to Bill about the fact that all teeth change as we age. Children have bright white because their young enamel has not become worn or cracked; over time, that enamel gets worn down, develops millions of microscopic cracks, and begins to thin. The thinning of the enamel causes the yellowish dentin within the tooth to become more noticeable. The teeth age and many things including different types of food, red wine and coffee can stain teeth over years of indulging in the foods and drinks we enjoy.
     
    Everyone’s teeth will stain, but the good news is that everyone’s teeth can be brightened quickly and effectively in a single trip to the dentist. You can restore your smile to its youthful luster and sparkle in as little as one hour.  Teeth whitening is the easiest, most efficient and effective of all cosmetic dentistry. There are two categories: teeth whitening, which does not involve bleach but merely cleans the surface debris off of the teeth leaving it shinier and whiter; and teeth bleaching, which uses a mild bleaching agent—my office uses Sapphire™ teeth whitening, which is painless—to whiten the teeth by up to seven shades, restoring your yellowed or discolored teeth to their youthful whiteness and brilliance.

    Bill was thrilled with the immediate results! I told him that it may take up to two weeks to see the full impact of the whitening. Jim left the Spokane Cosmetic Dentist Office with a big smile, flashing his newly whitened teeth for everyone to see.