Teeth Whitening – What You Need To Know

Whether you’ve always wanted a more beautiful smile, or your teeth have slowly become discolored overtime, you may want to consider teeth whitening.  Teeth whitening is a fast and easy way to brighten your smile. Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure.

Why Do Teeth Become Discolored?

Although many people naturally think of teeth as being white, tooth enamel comes in many different shades. In addition, your teeth can become discolored over time due to a number of reasons including tobacco use, stain causing food and drinks, aging, injury, illness, and even getting too much fluoride when you’re young can discolor the teeth.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, teeth whitening may be an option.

The options for teeth whitening include At-Home do-it-yourself kits, and professional teeth whitening performed in a dental office.

The following is a basic overview of the options available and what you can expect.

At Home Teeth Whitening Options

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste can help to remove stains on the surface of your teeth. They work using a polishing action instead of chemicals and therefore there are usually fewer side effects. The downside is that these Products usually do not get teeth as white as chemical whitening products

DIY Home Whitening Products

You can purchase home teeth whitening products from most pharmacies and department stores as well as your local dentist. These products usually whiten teeth using a chemical called peroxide. In home whitening typically take several weeks to produce noticeable results. You should always consult with a dentist before using any teeth whitening products.

Professional Options

Teeth whitening procedures performed at your dentist office can provide results much more quickly than toothpaste or home-use whitening products.

The professional teeth whitening products tend to be much stronger than over-the-counter products, and therefore produce much faster results. Professional teeth whitening services typically take about an hour in the office.

In office teeth whitening not only produces faster results but is typically safer than in-home products. In addition, gum and tooth sensitivity can be more effectively controlled. Because your teeth will start accumulating stains again after being whitened, many dentists recommend using in-home products for follow up and maintenance.

Teeth Whitening

Is Tooth Whitening Right For You?

Tooth whitening is generally not recommended for people who have hypersensitive teeth and gums, deep staining, or teeth that have become transparent due to age.

If you are interested in enhancing your smile with teeth whitening, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with a dentist and learn more about what options might be best for you.

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