Bright pearly whites AND daily coffee? What’s the secret?? Professional teeth whitening.
Why Whiten Your Teeth?
According to a national survey from the American Dental Association (ADA), Crest®, and Oral B®, the smile outranked eyes, hair, and the body as the most attractive physical feature! Sadly, many people keep their smiles to themselves, embarrassed by yellowed or stained teeth.
Many factors can cause your teeth to become discolored:
•Antibiotics – The use of antibiotics during childhood, or exposure to high levels of fluoride or tetracycline can cause dull or discolored teeth.
•Certain foods – Oranges, carrots and other foods can yellow teeth, as can coffee, tea, and foods and drinks with tannins (like red wine).
•Tobacco – Both smoking and chewing can lead to an unsightly smile.
•Genetics – Once again, heredity is a significant factor.
•Age – Teeth usually darken as you get older.
At-Home Whitening or Professional-Dentist Whitening?
Once you’ve decided to brighten your smile, you can either use over-the-counter remedies or choose to let a dentist whiten your teeth. Aside from the standard brushing twice a day and flossing daily, at-home treatments include:
•Rinses – These easy-to-use, mouthwash-type rinses whiten smiles gradually, since they’re only in contact with teeth for a short time.
•Toothpastes – Since these toothpastes remove surface stains with enzymes or mild abrasives, they can make teeth sensitive.
•Gel strips – For best effect, these peroxide-based strips need to be applied once a day, usually for 30 minutes to two hours, and work best when used for 10 to 20 days.
•Whitening gels – Though these whiteners can be applied with a toothbrush or cotton swab, they’re most commonly used with plastic mouth trays. A gel-filled mouth tray can whiten teeth faster than the other methods, but is more likely to irritate gums, since the trays are not custom-made.
What is the difference in professional dentist provided whitening?
Professional whitening, offered by dentists, also use mouth trays. These trays are custom molds fabricated to fit to your mouth and teeth exactly. This helps protect the gums and ensure the product is touching each tooth and not just being squished up to burn the gums. In addition, The Tooth Doctor can provide a much stronger and effective whitening gel that can create an outcome in a few applications that can last for months. The trays you receive are yours and should last for years. Each 6 months when you visit for a cleaning, you can purchase the professional grade maintenance whitening gel during your appointment. This will ensure you get to enjoy your brightest, professionally whitened smile for years. Depending on your choice of over-the-counter whitening products versus professional whitening, the cost may be similar in the first year and may even be cheaper in the long-run. Your best and brightest results will come from your dentist. We often hear patients say they wish they hadn't waited so long to get started with the professional version.
Which to choose?
If your teeth and gums are in good condition, you need just a little lightening, and time is not of the essence, a do-it-yourself remedy may work just fine. It will probably not whiten your teeth as much as professional strength whitening will nor as fast. For teeth that may be sensitive, especially stained, or for those who want fast, professional results, in-office professional whitening would likely be a better choice.