What You Should Know About Teeth Whitening
Over time, your pearly whites can lose their luster due to age, or the food and drinks you enjoy. If you are looking to get the teeth of your youth back, there are several strategies you can use. You can use over the counter products, or have a professional job done at the office of your dentist.
Here are some secrets to whiter, brighter teeth.
Do-it-yourself whitening kits.
There are many toothpastes, rinses, and other products that promise to whiten your teeth. There are also teeth whitening kits you can use that mimic what dentists do in their offices to whiten your teeth, but they are limited by the strength of the hydrogen or carbamide peroxide which is the active ingredient. Your dentist can give you a much more potent form of hydrogen peroxide, resulting in whiter teeth. If your teeth are deeply stained or stained on the inside, you’ll likely need the help of a more professional grade teeth whitening agent.
Home whitening strips.
One of the more recent over-the-counter products for teeth whitening are strips. These thin, almost invisible strips contain a peroxide-based whitening gel. You will need to wear these strips for at least 30 minutes minutes every day for a week or so, and the results are visible in as little as a few days. The results may not be as dramatic as kits, but they are easy to use.
As people get older, the outer layer of the teeth called the enamel can slowly wear away revealing the layer of dentin below which is yellow in color. Enamel may not only wear away, but also become translucent or see-through, almost grayish in color added to the yellow of the dentin. This is why prevention of stains in the first place is so important. After you have gone to the trouble of whitening your teeth, avoid coffee, tea, wine, and brush your teeth often to keep them stains away.
Don’t light up.
If you are a smoker, one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth white is to stop. Smoking causes brown stains that penetrate the enamel and really cannot be removed by brushing alone. The longer you smoke, the more entrenched those stains will become.
Watch your intake of colored drinks.
In a way, you are doing your body good when you drink grape juice, cranberry juice, and red wine, since they are all packed with antioxidants that help to fight off disease. The downside is that all of these drinks can seriously stain your teeth. Remember, if you’re afraid that they might stain a shirt or tablecloth, they will stain your teeth. To avoid stains setting in, rinse your mouth with water after drinking any of them.
See your dentist on a regular basis.
The best thing you can do for your smile is visit your dentist on a regular basis for check-ups and a biannual professional cleaning. Your dentist has advanced techniques that can clean heavily stained teeth, and their teeth cleaning and whitening methods are more effective than any home remedy or anything you can buy over the counter. They can also spot and treat any other oral health problems before they develop into something more serious that can threaten your overall health as well.
There is one very important thing you should know about teeth whitening. Most insurance companies consider teeth whitening to be a form of cosmetic dentistry which are usually not covered.
If you are looking for a dependable, professional and experienced dentist to look after your oral health, and help you to keep your teeth white and attractive, you can count on Bronitsky Family Dentistry. Located at 17952 SW Blanton St, in Aloha, OR, 97007. You can reach us at (503) 649-5665.
We are a complete and and full service dentistry, with an experienced and friendly staff that will make you feel at ease and welcome. The results of our teeth whitening procedures cannot be duplicated by any over-the-counter teeth whitening kit or strip you will find. We are skilled in the latest techniques and technology so our patients get the best possible results, and the most attractive smile.
No matter what your dental needs are, we have the experience to help you. We provide services for the entire family, from young to old, and everyone in between.
Call us today for an appointment or book online by clicking here.