Dental Cleaning, Exams, and Teeth Whitening
Discolored teeth are not just a cosmetic concern - studies show that people who have confidence in their smile lead generally healthier lives. Whitening removes natural stains and discolorations on teeth for a brighter, healthier smile. There are many different whitening options available including in-office laser treatments and custom-fitted whitening trays for use at home. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Killar to determine which treatment is right for you.
The Cleaning Process
What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?
- A physical exam
- Removing plaque and tartar
- Gritty toothpaste cleaning
- Expert flossing and rinsing
- Applying fluoride treatment
Even if you maintain good oral hygiene in your daily routine, regular in-office exams are essential for preventing disease and mitigating problems early on. During your oral exam, one of our dental hygienists will remove any plaque or tartar missed during regular brushing. The cleaning will take approximately 30 minutes, after which Dr. Killar will examine your mouth to make sure your teeth and gums are in optimal condition. Comprehensive oral examines can help prevent problems before they become emergencies.
In addition to hygiene treatment and maintenance during your regular oral examinations, Dr. Killar offers fluoride treatment to help inhibit tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral naturally found in water and other foods; it makes teeth more resistant to acid from oral bacteria and sugars. It can also reverse the effect of early tooth decay. Dr. Killar can prescribe fluoride supplements, or apply it directly to the teeth in the form of a gel, foam or varnish. Fluoride treatment may be necessary for people who suffer from chronic dry mouth, the early stages of gum disease, or a history of frequent cavities.
Dental sealants are a preventative procedure used to protect permanent molars just after they have fully erupted (around ages 6 and 12). The sealant procedure involves brushing a tooth-colored material into the deep grooves and pits of your child's back teeth, creating an environment that helps repel tooth decay and is easier to keep clean.
Take-Home Whitening Trays
Another option for teeth whitening is take-home whitening trays. Your dentist will fit you with custom-made whitening trays fit over your teeth. The trays can be filled with a special gel solution to gradually reduce the appearance of stains and discoloration on your teeth. With this at-home kit, you control how often you use the product and how white you want your teeth. You will begin to see results in just 3 days, but can continue to use the trays for future touch-ups and whitening maintenance. Ask Dr. Killar about how you can take home your very own whitening trays!