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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Teeth Whitening (Definition)

Teeth whitening is a treatment of the tooth to reduce pigments so enhancing their appearance and reducing discoloration. Usually the outer enamel is lightened using an oxygen releasing carbamide product for extrinsic bleaching, but when access to the pulp chamber is possible, intrinsic bleach with a stronger reagent that can significantly reduce the color. Dr neil mcleod dds ...Read more


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Should I whiten my teeth before I have braces on? If I whiten my teeth will it affect the orthodontic work to be done? Thanks.

Should I whiten my teeth before I have braces on? If I whiten my teeth will it affect the orthodontic work to be done? Thanks.

NO: In my professional opinion, wait until orthodontic treatment is completed before your attempt to whiten your teeth. The area under the braces will be different than the rest of the teeth as food/drink will affect the teeth, while under the braces will be different. It is best to wait, in my opinion, until AFTER ortho treatment is completed. ...Read more

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Can you whiten teeth while you have braces?

Can you whiten teeth while you have braces?

Shouldn't: Not a good idea because part of your teeth are covered with brackets and will not be affected. When brackets removed, you will see spots which may not respond to the whitening to the same degree. Wait until completed, then whiten. Good Luck. ...Read more

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What can be done to whiten teeth with braces?

What can be done to whiten teeth with braces?

Wait: Bleaching while braces are on will only affect the part of the tooth not covered by braces. Thus when braces removed there will be darker blotches where the braces were attached. Wait until after your Orthodontist removes your braces before having your Dentist whiten them. ...Read more

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What can I do to whiten teeth if I have braces?

What can I do to whiten teeth if I have braces?

Wait: Agree with the other doctor-- wait until you are done. ...Read more

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What are safe ways to whiten teeth with braces at home?

Bleaching teeth: If you have brackets (braces) on your teeth, the whitening solution cannot get to the tooth structure underneath those brackets. That means that while the part of the tooth that is exposed will get lighter, the part under the brackets won't- resulting in mottled teeth.
Best to wait until the braces come off. ...Read more

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I was wondering, do dentists really whiten teeth after braces?

I was wondering, do dentists really whiten teeth after braces?

Teeth whitening: It is recommended to wait 6 month before teeth whitening after braces. Then a professional teeth whitening without laser, followed by home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect. You will be very happy with the results. ...Read more

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Can I use teeth whitening after getting braces off?

Can I use teeth whitening after getting braces off?

Yes: Make sure you have all resin/bonding materials removed, and if there is still "extra white" areas, hypermineralized zones, or the value/color is not uniform on your front teeth, try asking your dentist to use opalustre in combination with in office professional whitening materials to blend for a uniform result. ...Read more

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Hi, I've taken my braces off since 3weeks ago n now have retainers at the back on both top and bottom. Wondering if I can get my teeth whitening now?

Hi, I've taken my braces off since 3weeks ago n now have retainers at the back on both top and bottom. Wondering if I can get my teeth whitening now?

If tissue is healthy: If your teeth and "settled in" and your gums have "settled down, " you can bleach your teeth. Since you are young and your pulp (nerve tissue) is fairly large, you should brush your teeth for a week if not 2 with a potassium nitrate toothpaste e.g. Sensodyne prior to the bleaching to avoid sensitivity. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get braces a month after having laser teeth whitening?

Is it safe to get braces a month after having laser teeth whitening?

Yes: The laser teeth whitening should not affect how the braces are attached to your teeth. After a month, new mineral has deposited on your teeth, bringing them back to the state before your whitening. This should allow the proper conditioning of the teeth when the braces are placed. The bond strength should be sufficient to allow the braces to stay on your teeth. ...Read more

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How can I best whiten teeth?

Teeth whitening: There are several good ways to whiten the teeth. First one is to use whitening trays with whitening gel. This is given to you by your dentist and you do it conviniently in your house. The other ways are to do it in office under supervision of te dentist using a laser or uv light. All methods work well. If you want one shot whitening then in office is good for you. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Will peroxide really whiten teeth?

Will peroxide really whiten teeth?

Yes. Depends on type: Carbimide peroxide is an excellent form found in many whitening products. ...Read more

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What can I buy to safely whiten teeth?

What can I buy to safely whiten teeth?

Dentist supervised: For the best results, consult a dentist for a take home tray system that is custom made to your teeth and you apply the gel every night to lighten your teeth. ...Read more

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What's the best way to whiten teeth at home?

What's the best way to whiten teeth at home?

Custom trays: Custome fitted trays and whitening get is the best at home method followed by over the counter strips. ...Read more

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Best way to whiten teeth non professionally?

Best way to whiten teeth non professionally?

OTC Products: OTC products may help whiten your teeth somewhat, but they will not give you the same results as professionally dispensed kits. The strength of the OTC gels are not as strong and do not penetrate your enamel as well. Surface stains and calculus should be removed first (by a dentist) before you attempt whitening. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to whiten teeth?

What is the most effective way to whiten teeth?

Professionally: Talk to your dentist regarding the options for your teeth. Otc products work somewhat, but will not be able to match the strength of the gel from your dentist. ...Read more

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How can you whiten teeth without damaging them?

How can you whiten teeth without damaging them?

Home remedy: Stay away from wine, cigarettes, food that stain your teeth. ...Read more

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Could you tell me ways to whiten teeth for a night?

Yes: There are some take home whitening which you wear your trys and the whitening gel at night. It calls nite white. ...Read more

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Is there a way to naturally bleach/whiten teeth?

Is there a way to naturally bleach/whiten teeth?

Dental cleaning: This is where to start. After cleaning, you can go over w your dentist the technique, either in office, at home or both, to get the desired shade. ...Read more

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What chemicals are in toothpaste that whiten teeth?

What chemicals are in toothpaste that whiten teeth?

Whitening TP's: Abrasives to remove surface stain and some form of hydrogen peroxide to bleach the enamel. They are only minimally effective and there is some danger in using these toothpastes on a regular basis. ...Read more

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What are ways to whiten teeth and increase breath freshness?

Brush: Beside the whitening make sure brush at least two times a day and also brush the roof of your mouth and your tongue. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm wondering what the best way to whiten teeth is?

Dentist provided: The best way is dentist supervised whitening provided in the dental office and then used at home, and monitored by the dentist. Dentist have different concentrations of solutions that can be used and can tell you how to make any corrections to your technique if needed. There are more customizable options available with the dentist providing the whitening. ...Read more

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Are there any products to whiten teeth that are not mint? Which one?

Sure: Many companies make tooth whitening gels that are other than mint flavored. ...Read more

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Does banana peel whiten teeth?

Does banana peel whiten teeth?

No: Banana peel does not white teeth effectively or safely. ...Read more

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Could hydrogen peroxide whiten teeth?

Could hydrogen peroxide whiten teeth?

Yes, but...: Yes, but in higher concentrations than is usually available over the counter. For example, most hydrogen peroxide available in the store is around 3% (or 4), the strength needed to effect bleaching on the top layer of the enamel (about 75 angstrom, very thin) is more on the order of 20 to 30%. This concentration can be very caustic to the soft tissue, and is not readily available to the consumer. ...Read more

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Does anybody know a home remedy to whiten teeth?

Hydrogen peroxide: Even though studies show hydrogen peroxide can whiten teeth, consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can cat litter deodorizer be used to whiten teeth?

No: I wouldn't advise it as I am not sure of the chemical used as a cat deodorizer. ...Read more

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Should I try to use hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth?

Yes, but diluted: Safe to use 3% (over the counter) hydrogen peroxide + 2 parts water. Use twice daily after brushing every day for whiter teeth (in about 4-6 weeks) and healthier gums! ...Read more

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Please help! Does fluoride tooth polish help whiten teeth?

Please help! Does fluoride tooth polish help whiten teeth?

Whitening toothpaste: Fluoride toothpastes do not have an active ingredient to whiten teeth. Whitening toothpastes are more abrasive, so they'll remove stains from coffee or tea, but won't whiten your teeth. ...Read more

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Can baking powder be used as a home remedy to whiten teeth?

Can baking powder be used as a home remedy to whiten teeth?

Not really: Baking soda (not powder) is abrasive and will remove surface stains, but not actually whiten your teeth very much. Excess use can wear away the enamel making your teeth weaker. Consider using products specifically designed to whiten teeth. OTC gels may work for you, but nothing beats professionally dispensed and applied products. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more