Kelly Miller Specialty Dentistry
Kelly Miller, DDS, MS
Prosthodontist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Kirkland, WA
Nothing lights up a smile like bright, white teeth that shine with great health and vitality. If your teeth are stained or dulled with age, Kelly Miller, DDS, MS, offers professional teeth whitening at Kelly Miller Specialty Dentistry. With special products that whiten without creating sensitivity issues, patients in Kirkland, Washington, and the greater Seattle area, can breathe new life into dull teeth in no time at all. To learn more about teeth whitening, call the office to make an appointment.
Teeth Whitening Q & A
Why aren’t my teeth as white as they used to be?
There are many forces that conspire to rob your teeth of their white, bright color. For starters, as you age, your protective enamel begins to slowly break down. While this is perfectly natural, the thinning enamel allows the brown dentin inside your teeth to show through, which is what creates the yellowing effect.
As well, years of drinking and eating foods that stain, such as that daily cup of coffee or foods with artificial coloring, can begin to pile up, leaving your teeth discolored.
How can I whiten my teeth?
While there are plenty of over-the-counter products that promise to whiten your teeth, these bleaching agents aren’t terribly strong, and the process can be a hassle as you wrangle strips and messy gels onto your teeth.
At Kelly Miller Specialty Dentistry, Dr. Kelly uses Ultradent® products, which offer professional-grade bleaching while protecting your teeth’s sensitivity. This point is an important one, as teeth whitening products can irritate your teeth and gums causing you considerable discomfort. With Ultradent, Dr. Kelly offsets this side effect with a desensitizing gel, allowing you to obtain whiter teeth without any discomfort.
Ultradent is a take-home system that relies on trays to whiten your teeth. The trays are designed to fit snugly over your teeth, and they’re preloaded with the exact amount of bleaching gel you need to achieve your whitening goals. In most cases, you wear the trays for up to an hour a day for 5-10 days.
How can I maintain my newly whitened teeth?
Once you complete your teeth whitening, there’s much you can do to maintain your new pearly whites. To start, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day to keep plaque at bay and rinse after you eat or drink to prevent staining agents from resting on your teeth.
Avoiding those foods and habits that stain, such as coffee or smoking, goes a long way toward maintaining your newly whitened teeth.
Should age and staining catch up with you again, you can simply return to Kelly Miller Specialty Dentistry and Dr. Kelly sets you up with another round of whitening.
To brighten your smile with teeth whitening, call Kelly Miller Specialty Dentistry to set up an appointment.