A sparkling white smile appeals to many as a sign of good health and youthful beauty. Having attractive teeth can also give your self confidence a boost.
Unfortunately our teeth don’t always look as white as we’d like them to, or is the fashion of the day.
Sometimes the foods and drinks we like cause staining and discolouration. Smoking is another culprit, as is the age old unavoidable act of ageing, which can cause your teeth to yellow. It happens to almost everyone eventually.
But that doesn’t mean you have to accept it.
Options such as teeth bleaching or teeth whitening is a relatively inexpensive way to enhance a faded smile.
You’ve probably seen many over-the-counter products that claim to whiten teeth to varying degrees.
But the strongest and fastest acting whitening solutions are only available in your dentist’s office. These solutions can whiten teeth 3-8 shades in a single hour and can last from 6 months to 2 years.
First your dentist will protect your gums and, if necessary, the roots of your teeth to ensure your safety.
Then a professional-strength bleaching solution is applied.
Often a special light or laser will be used to make the bleach work faster.
Another way to whiten your teeth is with a take-home kit prescribed by your dentist.
First your dentist makes moulds of your teeth. Then, thin plastic mouth trays are created to fit your teeth, exactly allowing you to apply the bleaching gel.
In order to see the desired results, you need to stick with your dentist’s prescribed course of treatment.
While this process takes longer, it can also be very effective and less expensive than an in-clinic whitening option.
There are a few things you need to know before whitening your teeth.
Potential side effects include tooth sensitivity or gum irritation which are usually minor and clear up in a short time.
Your dentist can tell you if you’re likely to develop sensitivity based on the condition of your teeth and gums. Be aware that tooth sensitivity or gum irritation can become more serious if you use over-the-counter ill-fitting trays or if the bleach is applied by untrained personnel.
Keep in mind that teeth whitening will not affect existing crowns, veneers or fillings.
Teeth whitening is not permanent, although it is possible to slow the fading process by avoiding foods and habits that cause staining – and by doing a minor touch-up every so often.
Most importantly, studies have found teeth whitening is safe when used exactly as directed.
Teeth whitening is today considered by patients to be the most popular and cost-effective way to dramatically enhance you smile.
If you’re considering teeth whitening, talk to your dentist. Together you can come up with the best plan to return your smile to it’s better, brighter days that minimise any risks and damage.
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