Choose Professional Teeth Whitening for a Stunning Smile
Having stains or discoloration on your teeth is not uncommon. And one of the fastest ways to capture a bright, white, healthy-looking smile is through professional teeth whitening. This popular, affordable, non-invasive procedure can transform your smile and overall appearance. It’s hard to look anything but happy when you have a bright smile to show off and a very good reason to smile.
Are You a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Your teeth don’t have to be perfectly aligned to undergo teeth whitening, and you are never too young or too old to opt for this cosmetic dentistry treatment. You can go from dull, yellow, or dark teeth to a gleaming white smile.
But first, it’s important for your dentist to determine if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for the teeth whitening process. If there is any sign of periodontal disease or other oral health problems, your dentist will need to treat these first. It’s also important for your dentist to determine whether or not the teeth whitening process will work for you. Yes, teeth whitening is a “quick fix” but that doesn’t mean it’s the right solution for everyone. There are different types of tooth stains – and the stains that are deeply rooted in the enamel are unlikely to respond to teeth whitening.
If this is your situation, you’re not relegated to living with discolored teeth, however. In cases where teeth whitening will not make an impact, your dentist will recommend other types of cosmetic dentistry that can give you the beautiful smile you’re seeking, like porcelain veneers.
What Causes Tooth Stains?
There are two categories of tooth discoloration:
- Extrinsic tooth stains are on the surface of the teeth. These are typically caused by what you eat and drink. So that means a dependency on coffee, tea, or soda, a love for red wine, favoring dark-colored fruits, or eating dark sauces can tint the shade of your enamel over time. It’s important to understand, however, that these acidic drinks and foods aren’t the cause of the tooth stains directly – they are responsible for eroding the tooth enamel, and that is what makes it easier for discoloration to find a place to settle in. Conscientious oral health care, including diligent preventive care and cleaning your teeth after ingesting dark foods or beverages can certainly help keep extrinsic stains from taking root.
- Intrinsic tooth stains occur within the tooth. This type of discoloration can be caused by antibiotics, antiseptics, and antihistamines. When a stain is so deeply embedded in the enamel and inside your tooth, your dentist will recommend a cosmetic dentistry treatment other than teeth whitening to repair your smile.
Of course, chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes can also stain your teeth, as well as raise your risk of developing oral cancer. But there are some people who are simply prone to tooth stains – it’s just in your DNA, particularly if that DNA consists of thin tooth enamel which makes your teeth look a little more yellow naturally. And, of course, one of the side effects of aging is that your enamel can begin to thin and your smile can break down as a whole, which means restorative dentistry may be the most viable option for giving you a smile makeover.
Avoid Fad Teeth Whitening Treatments
There is no question that over-the-counter teeth whitening products can give you whiter teeth, but these products can also be abused by users who want white teeth quickly. Choosing to ignore the cautions about frequency of use of whitening strips can be damaging to your enamel. And, as any teeth-whitening recipient will attest to, over-the-counter whitening treatments simply cannot compare to the results of professional teeth whitening.
Natural whitening treatments are often touted as worthwhile ways to clean up your smile, but strawberry pulp, charcoal, and baking soda are not going to do the trick. It’s essential for whitening treatments to have two key agents – hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide – in order to make teeth permanently whiter. “Natural” treatments may be effective at removing plaque accumulation, which can temporarily brighten your teeth, but this solution is a superficial one (and using acidic fruits to whiten teeth can actually weaken your enamel). Professional tooth whitening treatments penetrate your teeth and break up the stain molecules from within to truly give you a bright, white, gleaming smile.
In-office teeth whitening treatments offer immediate results. Plus, you will receive teeth whitening trays and gels to use at home. These are used over a period of a few days or up to two weeks, depending on your unique situation and your dentist’s plan for your smile makeover. The gel is typically put into a customized plastic tray that is made specifically to fit your teeth, and you will wear the tray for one to four hours each day. The gel in the tray releases oxygen that frees stains from the surface of your teeth. The safety and effectiveness of this treatment is proven.
You know how amazing you feel when you’re wearing a new outfit, having a good hair day, or just feeling healthy and fit. Having whiter teeth and an enviable smile every day can enhance your self-confidence tremendously, which will in turn boost your social, professional, and personal life as well. When you’re feeling good about yourself, everything else in your life will be impacted positively.
Visit Dr. Shaista Najmi at Ivory Dental to discuss the possibility for teeth whitening. The professional whitening process can undo years of dental stains and discolorations in just a few days or weeks.