Posts for tag: teeth whitening

By Sood Family Dental
January 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Discover the best method for you for achieving a brighter smile.

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments that our Shelby Township, MI, dentist Dr. Sood has to offer. After all, most teeth whiteningpeople can benefit from having a whiter smile. It doesn’t just improve your appearance but it can also boost your self-esteem; however, we know there are several methods for getting a whiter smile. So, which one is right for you? Let’s find out!

Over-the-Counter Whitening

All you have to do is walk down the oral care aisle of your local drugstore or grocery store and you’ll see a variety of products dedicated to helping you achieve a whiter smile. While these products will contain an active ingredient such as hydrogen peroxide, the concentration is very low. This means that the product will have to remain on your teeth for much longer in order for you to see results.

Over-the-counter whitening is the least expensive way to get a whiter smile. It’s important to follow the product’s instructions exactly as directed. Do not leave whitening products on your teeth for longer than it says. It is normal to experience some minor sensitivity when beginning a new whitening regimen. If you are experiencing intense sensitivity with teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Sood.

Chairside (In-Office) Teeth Whitening

This is a popular method for anyone dealing with deep-set external stains that don’t respond as well to at-home whitening products. Since our Shelby Township, MI, cosmetic dentist has received extensive training, this means that we will be able to provide you with a safe and effective whitening treatment.

If you want to say goodbye to yellow teeth quickly there is no faster method than in-office whitening. Within one hour, we can get your smile several shades whiter. Those with more serious stains may require more than one whitening session to see the optimal results.

At-Home Professional Whitening

If you are interested in the idea of whitening from the comfort of your home, but you want a stronger and more effective system than over-the-counter treatment options, then it’s time to talk to Dr. Sood about our professional at-home whitening kit. Custom whitening trays ensure that your smile gets even results. With continued use, you should start to see results in as little as one week.

If you have questions about the different teeth whitening options, we do offer in Shelby Township, MI. Do not hesitate to contact Sood Family Dental today to find out how we can get you a whiter smile quickly.

By Sood Family Dental
September 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

A relatively easy and inexpensive way to improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. In fact, you may even be able to do it yourself at home. Although there are differences between at-home and professional whitening, the former can still be effective.

That effectiveness, though, might be dependent on how well you understand what home whitening can do and what it can’t. So before you purchase your kit, here are a few things to know about DIY teeth whitening.

Home kits are safe—when used as directed. Although nothing in life is completely risk-free, home whitening kits are relatively safe. But only if you follow the directions: If you overuse the bleaching solution beyond its intended use, you could wind up with permanent damage to your tooth enamel that can be costly to treat.

Bleaching solutions are relatively mild. Nearly all home kits use carbamide peroxide, a form of hydrogen peroxide, as their bleaching agent. Home kits usually contain no more than 10% of this agent, much lower than professional solutions. Used as directed, this amount of bleaching agent poses little to no risk to dental or general health. On the other hand, the weaker home kit solution does limit the extent of brightness you can achieve compared to stronger professional treatments.

For top results (or certain conditions), consider professional whitening. While you can obtain good results with a home whitening kit, professional whitening provides more precise brightness control and range, and may possibly last longer. That’s because your dentist has more advanced techniques and equipment, as well as stronger bleaching solutions. And, if your discoloration originates inside your teeth, a home kit won’t help—only a dentist can address that kind of discoloration.

Even if you decide to “go solo,” your dentist can still give you advice on what to look for in a home kit, as well as tips for the actual procedure. But whether you whiten at home or let your dentist do it, teeth whitening can take years off your smile and give you a more attractive look.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips: Are Bleaching Products Safe?

By Sood Family Dental
July 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningDo you want sparkling white teeth? Do you want to be able to smile without having to photoshop your teeth? Well, that's understandable. Your Shelby Township, MI, dentist Dr. Sood has just the answer: Teeth whitening!

What does teeth whitening do?

Teeth whitening rejuvenates your smile. It removes stains and yellowing, dullness, and discoloration.

Do you have a tainted smile?

There are many contributing factors when it comes to your teeth yellowing and becoming discolored. Here are a few reasons:

  • Drinking too much tea and coffee, and eating too many berries can also stain your teeth.
  • Not eating healthy foods like apples scrapes away plaque and drinking enough water can help remove food debris from teeth.
  • Medications like certain antibiotics can stain teeth.
  • Not maintaining a healthy oral and dental regiment may contribute to plaque and tartar buildup.
  • Chewing tobacco and smoking can cause the accumulation of stains on teeth.
  • Aging does play a factor because the dentin under the tooth enamel is yellow and is exposed over time.

What are the different types of teeth whitening treatments?

  • You can buy teeth-whitening toothpaste but that may not be the best for your teeth. Sometimes they consist of harsh substances that can cause damage to your teeth.
  • In-office teeth whitening: The doctor will use retractors to prevent your cheeks and lips from touching the bleach put on your teeth. The dentist will leave the bleach on your teeth for about an hour then remove it.
  • At-home kit: Your Shelby Township doctor will give you a kit that can be used at home. It's convenient so that you can brighten your teeth when it's convenient for you. Make sure you listen to your doctor's instructions though!

If you're interested in improving the brightness of your teeth, then you need to contact your Shelby Township, MI, dentist Dr. Sood can help you, then call today!

By Sood Family Dental
November 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you looking to brighten up your teeth?cosmetic dentistry

Here at Sood Family Dental, Dr. Sood has what you need. Forget those days of you covering up your smile because of yellow and/or stained teeth. With your Shelby Township, MI, dentist, your smile can become several shades whiter.

But how did they become yellow and stained anyway?

Part of the reason our teeth become discolored is because of age. If your dental stains are severe though, teeth whitening can help, but this decision will depend on what your doctor's assessment of your teeth is.

Here are some reasons you should need teeth whitening:

  • Smoking
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Drinking coffee and/or tea
  • Eating certain foods, such a blueberries

So how will my Shelby Township dentist make my teeth whiter?

A device designed to keep your cheeks and lips open is placed your mouth. This device will ensure the tissue in your mouth does not come in contact with the gel the dentist will use to whiten your teeth. The doctor will then apply gel on the surface of your teeth.

The in-office procedure is convenient and doesn't take long. The gel is left on your teeth for a few minutes and, if necessary, a dental light is used to speed up the process. Dr. Sood will remove the gel, then reapply the teeth whitening gel several times throughout the one-hour treatment.

Forget those over-the-counter teeth whitening kits. They don't contain high concentrations of vital components such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Dr. Sood and her team, on the other hand, know exactly how to handle, use and oversee the effects of teeth whitening gels containing these materials. This will allow you to have whiter teeth in a shorter amount of time compared to the home kits and you'll have the added benefit of it being safe since dental experts will be taking care of you.

If you have you have any questions or concerns about getting a whiter smile, call your Shelby Township, MI, dental office today at (586) 207-1471.


Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

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Sood Family Dental
56732 Van Dyke Avenue
Shelby Township, MI 48316

(586) 207-1471
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