Today, tooth whitening has become an essential part of cosmetic dentistry because patients want to reverse the unsightliness of the stains caused by food, tobacco, and the effects of aging.
OTC Ways to Whiten Your Teeth
Over the counter whitening toothpastes are an effective option for removing stains resulting in a brighter smile. The benefits are not without risks. Most of toothpastes contain abrasive ingredients that will actually erode your tooth's enamel after frequent use.
There are a variety of over-the-counter whitening systems that may also do the job, but they should be monitored, and the directions must be followed closely.
Note that whitening ingredients in any product do not remove all stains and are less effect on dental restorations-including bonding, crowns, bridges, and tooth-colored fillings-or teeth that are badly discolored or pitted.
The safest, most effective, and longest lasting teeth-whitening procedures are those performed in a dentist's office.
Professional Ways to Whiten Your Teeth
With self-treatment, customized trays, filled with a special gel, are worn in the mouth for approximately an hour on a daily basis. In about a week, this method can remove most troublesome stains and produce a brilliant white smile. Stains that are hard to treat, crowns or porcelain veneers may prove to be a more appropriate choice than teeth whitening.
If you choose in-office treatment , it will begin with a preparatory step to isolate your gums and lips. Then, a whitening gel will be applied and activated with a specially designed light. A five-minute fluoride treatment will complete the procedure, and as a result, your teeth should be 6 to 10 shades whiter than they were previously.