Teeth Whitening Procedures
Teeth whitening is done to help enhance an individuals white and bright smile. One of the easiest ways to help your teeth stay healthy and white is by brushing and flossing a couple times each day. When patients feel like their smile is not sparkling like it used to the most common questions are; what is causing my teeth to change color and how can I get them white again?
Numerous factors can cause our teeth to dull or yellow over time. Two of the biggest factors are dark liquids and tobacco use. Avid coffee, tea, and red wine drinkers may start to notice the beverages’ intense color staining their teeth over time. Tobacco use is a big contributor due to tar’s natural dark color and nicotine’s yellowish color.
Teeth whitening is simple process that can restore your smile to it’s natural brightness and is offered in a variety of ways:
- Whitening Toothpastes contain mild abrasives to help remove surface stains and on average will lighten an individuals’ teeth by one shade.
- At-home whitening gels have you apply a peroxide-based gel to each tooth using a small brush.
- At-home whitening strips are thin strips containing a peroxide-based gel and that are applied to your upper and lower teeth.
- Whitening rinses are used twice daily before brushing your teeth. They contain ingredients to help whiten teeth along with helping to reduce gum disease and plaque.
- Tray-based tooth whiteners use a mouth guard to hold a whitening gel. Individuals wear the tray for a specified amount of time daily for about a month. The length of time using the trays will depend upon the targeted level of whiteness.
- In-office whitening is the costliest option, but results are seen much quicker. The whitening gel is applied to teeth and then is illuminated by a specialized light for an average a half hour. Results can be seen after the first appointment but depending on the staining numerous treatments may be recommended.
As always, it is important to talk to your dental professional before starting a tooth whitening regimen. Your dentist will go over your dental history and desired outcome to help you find the best option.