Let’s Talk About Teeth Whitening

Everybody wants to have a perfect set of pearly white teeth, and have that flashy camera-ready smile. If however like most of us you are not lucky enough to naturally have that, you may choose to undergo a tooth whitening treatment or follow home remedies to obtain that porcelain white smile.

Yellowish teeth can be acquired in two ways: Intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic stains are acquired internally. For example child too much exposed to fluoride during the development of their secondary teeth, or it may also be genetic. Extrinsic stains can develop due to the food we eat and beverages we drink including tea, cola, red wine, coffee and many more. Smoking also greatly affects or contributes to the discoloration of dental structures.

There are many different kinds of whitening treatments that you can do or have done to get the whiter choppers you crave. You can choose to have a professional dental treatment like power bleaching, power whitening or tray-based whitening. You could also follow basic home remedies which can make your teeth visibly whiter.

In the process often referred to as laser whitening or power whitening, a protective dam will first be applied for your gums, then a gel will be applied to your teeth. This gel contains a bleaching agent, and will be dabbed onto your teeth. Lastly a laser device will be shone onto your teeth which will cause the chemicals to be activated. This laser light will help speed up the whitening process. If you want whiter teeth, and wish to see results in just one day power bleaching is the best option. It may be a little pricey, but the instant and impressive results are worth it.

With tray based-whitening, chemicals that are used are almost the same except it does not use “laser light” therefore will make the process a bit longer. Your dentist will provide you with trays that fit well into your mouth, you will then apply a bleaching gel inside the trays and place them over your teeth. The trays must be worn for a certain period of time usually anywhere from an hour to as much as eight hours for a couple of weeks until the preferred shade is achieved.

Now if you prefer the affordable home kits, you can buy it in any drugstore, however choose the ones that are FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved. Aside from it being FDA approved, it is better to consult your dentist first, it is necessary to know if there’s any substance to which you might have an allergy.

Whitening toothpaste does not necessarily make your teeth whiter. It works by helping to remove stains. Thereby, making your teeth look whiter than they did before. However, using a whitening substance will make your teeth whiter but may not be able to remove stains.

Laser whitening is considered as the best treatment, aside from the fact that it can generate instant results, it usually lasts for about 3 years or sometimes even longer. If you brush your teeth using whitening toothpaste, avoid consuming any tobacco products, consumption less staining beverages like tea or coffee, you will be likely to maintain your white teeth.

If you want to try out these treatments or remedies it is best to have a checkup with a professional dentist first. Ask your dentist about teeth whitening, and if there are any special conditions you should consider.

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