05 Nov Teeth Whitening: Is it really possible to have a brighter smile?
One of the most effective, yet economical, cosmetic dental procedures is with teeth whitening. Dull and drab teeth can be lightened in one in-office application or at home over a little longer period.
There are many products available online or at the drug store that claim to whiten teeth; however, if you wish to maximize your teeth whitening dollars, your cosmetic dentist has your best solution.
A dental professional has access to the most powerful whitening agents available. Since they are dispensed under strict guidelines and supervision, you can enjoy whiter teeth in a short amount of time. And the change can be dramatic.
Teeth that are yellow from tobacco use or dark due to consuming coffee or red wine can be lightened many shades.
Teeth that are yellow from tobacco use or dark due to consuming coffee or red wine can be lightened many shades. Extrinsic stains can be eliminated giving you a smile makeover you did not think was possible.
Another advantage of teeth whitening with your dental provider versus purchasing products on your own (usually hoping to save a few dollars) is that if you have a problem or disappointing results, who is there to help you? If you have a question or concern, you’re stuck.
Many teeth whitening pastes and gels contain an abrasive product that when used over time can start to place wear on dental enamel. This can actually do more damage over the long term, even though you may see minor results.
Once you have made the decision to whiten your teeth with the help of your cosmetic dentist, you will experience a major smile makeover. However, to maintain your new smile there are several things you can do.
- See your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning, polishing and dental exam.
- Floss and brush every day with the recommended tooth paste or gel.
- Limit the things known to stain teeth: coffee, red wine, cola, and tea – cold beverages can be consumed using a straw so the beverage will bypass the teeth. Never swish these beverages in your mouth.
- If you do eat or drink something known to stain, try to brush as soon as possible. Or at least rinse with water.
To learn more about your teeth whitening options, contact our team at Friendly Dental Care today.