Everyone deserves to have a beautiful and attractive smile. Unfortunately, very few people are happy with the teeth that they have been naturally blessed with and for this reason, many are seeking out cosmetic dentistry treatments to give them the smile improvements that they so desperately want. However, there is one type of cosmetic dentistry procedure that is more sought after than any other – teeth whitening.
No-one knows exactly when super-white teeth became so desirable, but there is little doubt that today, they are one of the most coveted features going. While our teeth may naturally start off very white, over time their exposure to the food and drink that we consume, ageing and other environmental factors mean that they slowly start to become discolored. By the time we reach our 20s, it is fairly normal to have teeth that are yellowed and stained and less than naturally attractive. Try as we might to scrub them so they look brighter, it is virtually impossible to improve how white they are without professional products and services.
People who have whiter teeth are thought of as being healthier, more attractive and more successful. With this in mind, who wouldn’t want to emulate those traits for themselves? Fortunately, there are plenty of different products and services that claim to be able to whiten your teeth. Unfortunately, there are so many to choose from that finding the best one can seem difficult. Understandably you don’t want to spend money on treatments that might not produce the result that you are looking for. Here is our guide to teeth whitening, including information on the quickest and most successful way to whiten your teeth.
There are countless products on the market that claim to be able to whiten your teeth. Most of these can be purchased over the counter, in grocery stores and even on home shopping networks. Some of the common include toothpastes and mouthwashes. These either contain very low doses of bleach which, over time, will lighten your teeth a little, or, in the case of toothpastes, abrasives which help to scrub your teeth clean. While these are inexpensive, the low grade of bleach means that it takes a long time to see any difference in the color of your smile and most people find that the results are mediocre at best. Continued use of the products is also essential if you are to maintain the results. Any products containing abrasives should ideally be avoided since instead of cleansing the teeth of any stains they will instead damage the enamel and increase the likelihood that you will be affected by decay.
You can also purchase bleaching gels that come with a special curing light. These gels are pasted on to your teeth and then you use the light on them to create the chemical reaction that causes bleaching. These results are considered to be superior to that provided by toothpastes, but normally regular use is needed for a number of weeks before you start to see a change in the color of your teeth.
Finally, you could consider a take-home whitening tray from your dentist. These offer a higher-grade bleach than any other at-home solution, and some degree of whitening is evident immediately. Nevertheless, patients often find the application of the whitening solution is tricky and this can lead to inconsistencies in the results.
If you are looking for the quickest and most noticeable results, then your best option is in-office teeth whitening. This is because only a professional is allowed to use the highest grade of bleaching agent, which is so effective that most patients see a significant improvement in the appearance of their teeth after just one whitening appointment. The other key benefit is that the whitening agent can be applied by your dentist, who can see your teeth and apply the gel much more evenly and consistently than you can do yourself. This helps to ensure that the result is not only much whiter teeth, but that the color improvement is consistent across the range of your smile. The results of professional in-office whitening are also considered to be far superior and longer-lasting than any other type of dental whitening.
If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth and are interested in tooth whitening and would like more information, our friendly and experienced team of dental professionals are here to help you achieve a whiter, brighter smile. Please contact our offices to schedule your appointment.