Brighten Up Your Smile: The Ins and Outs of Tooth Whitening
Are you tired of feeling self-conscious about your stained or discolored teeth? Tooth whitening, also known as teeth bleaching, can help to remove discoloration and achieve a brighter, more radiant smile. But what exactly is tooth whitening and what causes tooth discoloration? All this, plus everything else you could possible ask about the procedure is answered below!
What is teeth whitening?
Tooth whitening is a process that uses a bleaching agent, such as carbamide and/or hydrogen peroxide, to remove stains on the enamel and dentin of the teeth. A common method of tooth whitening is through the use of a custom-fitted mouthguard that holds the bleaching agent in contact with the teeth. This method is commonly used by Dentists and sent home with their clients. However teeth whitening is also done in a more controlled, effective method with our custom application method where whitening gel is applied to each individual tooth (either self-administered by the client or by our qualified technician).
What causes teeth staining/discoloration?
Tooth discoloration can be caused by a variety of factors, including external stains from food and drink (such as coffee, tea, and tobacco) or internal stains from factors such as aging, trauma, and certain medications. It’s important to note that over-the-counter tooth whitening products, such as toothpastes, can only remove external stains, while professional whitening procedures can remove both internal and external stains.
Who can get Tooth Whitening?
Everyone deserves to have a bright, confident smile. Tooth whitening, also known as teeth bleaching, is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that can help to remove stains and discoloration on the enamel and dentin of your teeth. While tooth whitening can benefit most people, it’s important to note that certain procedures may not be as effective for some individuals.
For example, patients with teeth stained by tetracycline may experience difficulty in achieving their desired level of whiteness. Similarly, people with veneers, crowns, or fillings may experience uneven whitening, as these dental fixtures do not whiten along with the rest of the teeth.
Is it safe for a pregnant or nursing woman to undergo a teeth whitening procedure?
While tooth whitening can be a safe and effective way to achieve a brighter, more confident smile, it’s important to consider the unique needs and concerns of pregnant and nursing women. Many dental experts and healthcare professionals recommend that pregnant and nursing mothers avoid teeth whitening procedures, as there are currently no clinical studies that have been done to determine the effects of bleaching agents on a woman’s health during pregnancy or while nursing.
It’s always best to consult with your dentist or healthcare provider to determine the best course of action and ensure the safety of both you and your baby. With the right approach, you can achieve your brightest smile yet, even during this special time in your life.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Achieving a brighter, more confident smile is one thing, but maintaining it is another. Alone, teeth whitening treatments can last anywhere from several months to several years, depending on the type of treatment you choose and how well you take care of your teeth, with professional chair side whitening from our students and regularly scheduled touch up appointments your results will last indefinitely.
Professional whitening treatments, such as those done by our specialists, generally last longer than over-the-counter whitening products. For example, whitening treatments that use a bleaching gel, such as hydrogen peroxide, can last 6 months to two years if you take care of your teeth, maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly. On the other hand, over-the-counter whitening products, such as whitening gels, strips, and toothpastes, typically last only a few months.
If you have sensitive teeth, you may want to opt for a more gentle whitening treatment that includes potassium nitrate, mention this to your specialist to ensure you get the most gentle product on the market. This gel is designed for sensitive teeth and is great for those who are worried about sensitivity.
In summary, keeping your teeth white requires a combination of regular teeth cleaning, good oral hygiene and consistent use of touch ups. Make sure to stay on top of our your routine cleanings, touch up appointments and post-treatment maintenance to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and white for the long-term.
Achieve the smile of your dreams with professional teeth whitening! Not only will it boost your confidence and self-esteem, but it will also give you a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.
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