The Evolution of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure available today. For patients looking to whiten their teeth, take years off of their appearance, and breathe new life into their smiles, teeth whitening is an easy, convenient, and effective way to do so. Teeth whitening procedures are at the top of the cosmetic dentistry popularity poll, but where and when did the desire for a bright, white smile originate?

Toothpaste got its start in ancient Egyptian when the Egyptians used a wine-based mixture to scrub their teeth. We now know that red wine is one of the leading contributors of tooth staining, along with tobacco products, coffee, and soda.

Following suit of their peers in Egypt, the Romans used human urine as the main ingredient in their toothpaste. In fact, this trend was so popular among Roman aristocracy that human urine was imported from all over the world just so the royals could have white smiles! As unappealing (and dangerous) as this sounds to us today, the Romans were on to something. Ammonia, the main chemical in human urine, has lightening and brightening qualities that are effective on our tooth enamel, which is the second hardest naturally occurring substance in the world.

Luckily, we have much better options when it comes to whitening our smiles these days. Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans, family and cosmetic dentists in Reno, Nevada, offer in-office and at-home teeth whitening to their patients. Both of these methods work, and you have the freedom to choose which method is right for you. For immediate results, in-office whitening is preferable. To whiten your teeth in the privacy of your home, you may prefer using custom whitening trays and professional-strength bleaching gel.

To find out more about teeth whitening, call Wager Evans Dental at (775) 800-4845 to reserve your appointment.

Conservative Cosmetic Dentistry for a Brand New Smile

If you look in the mirror and see minor flaws in your smile, you should be aware that there are two cosmetic dental procedures that offer fast, effective solutions: bonding and contouring.

The process of adding to tooth structure is called bonding. The practice of reshaping teeth by removing tooth structure is called recontouring. Usually, bonding and contouring occur during one appointment and may be done separately or in conjunction with one another.

Bonding is done with composite resin, which is the same material used for all-white fillings. This procedure is usually used to close a gap between teeth or to repair a chip in a tooth. These restorations will be tinted to match your existing tooth structure, so it will appear unnoticeable. Bonding can also be used as a permanent teeth whitening solution.

Contouring can be used to smooth sharp canine teeth or soften rough or jagged edges on teeth. A tiny portion of enamel is gently removed during recontouring for a smoother, softer, appearance.

We’re Dr. Brian Evans and Dr. William Wager, and we recommend bonding and contouring to patients with a chipped, gapped, or misshapen smile. Make an appointment in our dental office today by calling (775) 800-4845. Conveniently located in Reno, Nevada, we welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and the surrounding areas.