Glossary

Whitening

Any treatment procedure or method your dentist might prescribe to whiten the color and brighten your teeth. Bleaching strips, bleaching pen, bleaching gel, laser bleaching and natural bleaching are all methods used to whiten teeth.

White Spots

A disturbance in the skin pigmentation process referred to as pigmentation loss of skin, or depigmentation. It occurs when the production of melanin is decreased in the skin. Causes include Tinea Versicolor, a fairly common benign, or non-cancerous skin condition that is caused by a kind of yeast, known as Malassezia, that normally occurs on the skin but can overgrow when the skin is oily; Vitiligo, a common condition that shows up as white spots or patches of skin; and Idiopathic Guttate Hypomelanosis, flat white spots associated with aging that appear on areas of the body exposed to the sun.

White Stretch Marks

Scars, appearing on the skin after periods of rapid growth and/or weight gain, which turn white as they age.

Wrinkles

Folds, ridges or creases in the skin that typically appear as a result of aging processes such as glycation or, temporarily, as the result of prolonged (more than a few minutes) immersion in water. Wrinkling in the skin is caused by habitual facial expressions, aging, sun damage, smoking, poor hydration and various other factors.