Teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic dentistry option. It allows people to improve the appearance of their teeth and also improves their confidence. In the past, the treatment could only be done at the dentist. However, due to improvements in technology, it can also be done at home using over-the-counter teeth whitening products.
Improve your smile with teeth whitening
Even though people have naturally white teeth, the color of their teeth changes over time. The change in appearance is usually due to the types of foods and drinks that they consume as well as age, tobacco use, trauma and medication.
Some of the teeth whitening treatment options are:
This is considered the most effective way to whiten the teeth because dentists use a concentrated bleaching agent on the teeth. The process involves applying the bleaching agent on the surface of the teeth and repeating the process until the desired whiteness has been achieved.
The results are instant and the teeth stay white a long time. Dentists also provide their patients with a take-home tray they can use to touch up the teeth if they start to turn yellow again.
Teeth whitening done at the dentist’s office provides the best results. However, some people prefer to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their homes. In this scenario, the dentist will provide their patients with a take-home tray they can use to whiten their teeth by themselves.
The trays usually have to be worn daily for an hour to get the best results. It takes up to two weeks for the treatment to be complete because the bleaching agent used is not as strong as the one used by the dentist in their office.
Over-the-counter whitening products
There is a wide variety of over-the-counter teeth whitening products that can be purchased at a local convenience store or at the pharmacy. These options include whitening strips, whitening gels, toothpaste and mouthwash.
Like the take-home kit provided by the dentist, the bleaching agent used in these products is not as strong and it usually takes a few weeks before results start to show. Since there are so many options to choose from, people considering this treatment option should ask their dentist to recommend a product that will get the job done.
This is a very effective teeth whitening treatment option, but it is also the most expensive. Patients who have undergone the treatment report a dramatic improvement in the appearance of their teeth.
However, the treatment increases the sensitivity of the teeth. That is why people who already have sensitive teeth are not considered ideal candidates for the treatment. It will make it difficult for them to consume hot or cold foods and drinks when treatment is complete.
Teeth whitening brightens the appearance of your smile and also improves your confidence. This is why it is a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. If you are interested in improving the appearance of your teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist to figure out which of these treatment options is right for you.
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