April 2, 2018 Miami, FL – Thursday, November 18. 2010 marks the 27th annual Great American Smokeout, the day when Americans are encouraged to give up smoking. This year, local dentist Dr. Julio Hernandez hopes consumers reward themselves with a sparkling new smile through teeth whitening procedures after kicking the habit.
“Teeth whitening treatments are the perfect complement to quitting smoking, “ commented Dr. Hernandez, of Miami, FL. “Unattractive tobacco stains can be virtually erased by undergoing a dentist-supervised tooth whitening procedure.”
In a study by the AACD, consumer demand for tooth whitening procedures has increased by more than 300% since 1996, * which has translated into more dentists offering in-office treatments and more dental companies producing over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products. According to the study, nearly 88% dentists reported that at-home custom-fitted whitening trays supervised by a dentist remains the most effective tooth whitening procedure. Prices for different treatment options vary nationwide, but can range from $150 to $500.
Consumers have several options for brightening their smiles through tooth whitening procedures, but should consult with Dr. Hernandez to find out which choice is best for them. These include:
- At-home Dentist-Supervised Treatment – Patients wear a custom-fitted mouth tray containing whitening gel for a few hours each day or night. Trays can be adjusted to lighten individual teeth. The average patient wears the tray for one to two weeks. Severe tobacco stains can often be removed with extended use of a home whitening system prescribed by Dr. Hernandez.
- In-Office Power Whitening – A whitening gel containing a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth and desired results can often be achieved in just one visit to Dr. Hernandez’ office. Often, at-home treatments, as described above, may be recommended to enhance the effects.
- Over-the-Counter Kits – While numerous over-the-counter kits are now available, dentist-supervised treatments remain the safest way to remove cigarette stains. OTC trays often fit improperly and can release whitening gel that results in irritated gums and less effective results. In addition, dentists can monitor each patient’s sensitivity in supervised treatments, but not with OTC kits.
During the Great American Smokeout, Dr. Hernandez and his team hopes Americans kick the smoking habit and brighten their smiles through teeth whitening treatments
* Based upon a 2001 AACD member study.