If you’re like most people, your first impression is always important to you, and it starts with a beautiful, white smile. But sometimes that’s not always possible, and that can be embarrassing for some people. Statistics reveal that we place a high value on our smiles. According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey:
Just as there are a number of ways to lighten or brighten teeth, there are also several different ways for teeth to become discolored. The main causes of darkened teeth are genetics, antibiotics, and certain foods, plus teeth tend to darken as we age. Internal tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the enamel of the tooth and the dentin. The main causes of internal tooth discoloration are exposure to high levels of fluoride, tetracycline, use of antibiotics as a child, developmental disorders, tooth decay, restorations, root canal issues, and trauma. External tooth discoloration is caused by factors outside the body, mainly foods and tobacco. The main causes of external tooth yellowing are smoking, foods with tannins, coffee, tea, carrots, oranges, and other foods.
In-office whitening systems typically involves a bleaching liquid/gel substance, typically 35% strength being applied to your teeth and a special UV light shines on them for 1-2 hours. Because of the strength of the whitening agent, gums are protected and a professional is required at all times. This process can transform your smile in just one visit, however, if you want an even brighter white smile, this process can be repeated! Your teeth can literally brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour! Also, dentists have the ability to make custom-made trays. These trays fit over your teeth, with a bleaching gel placed in them and then they are left on for specified lengths of time. Again, the strength of this gel is typically 10%-35%. The entire process usually takes place in the dentist’s office, but professional whitening trays can also be adapted for home use.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening options for use at home include whitening rinses and toothpastes, gel strips and whitening trays. Rinses and toothpastes work gradually and only expose your teeth to a small amount of bleach. Gel strips and whitening tray systems work faster, but require more application time. As always, and with everything, it’s okay to try products, but make sure you consult your dentist before the train and if you have any problems or discomfort!
If you have healthy teeth and gums, at-home treatments may be a convenient and appealing choice. They’re easy to use and relatively inexpensive. If you have problems with tooth sensitivity, professional treatment may be the better option. Your dentist at Standley Shores Dental Group can manage sensitivity symptoms and make the whitening process more comfortable. You’ll also get faster and more dramatic results with professional teeth bleaching whitening agents.
Some people shouldn’t use whitening treatments. These include pregnant women and people with gum disease or untreated tooth decay. Talk to your dentist about your whitening options to find out what is best for you.To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist call Standley Shores Dental Group today at (303)420-9720. We have many whitening options and suggestions and prices on our products vary.