There are few people out there who wouldn’t like to brighten their teeth a few shades. White teeth make a person look younger, healthier, and much more attractive. Who wouldn’t want that? Our teeth become discolored over time, especially if we drink dark beverages like coffee, wine, soda, and dark liquors. If you use nicotine you will have even more discoloration. And the foods we eat can weaken and discolor our teeth as well. Good dental hygiene can keep your teeth whiter, but some discoloration is unpreventable. However, whitening is possible and achievable for nearly every set of teeth out there!
What Options Do I Have For whitening?
There are a plethora of options for someone looking for teeth whitening. You may choose to begin with the most affordable store-bough options. There are whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, and adhesives strips which can safely whiten your teeth for just a few dollars. Taking it to the next level, you can purchase trays and gels that are more complex and more expensive, but give a more dramatic solution. Finally, you can opt for professional teeth whitening in your dentist’s office for the best possible results.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Getting your teeth whitened in a dentist’s office is the best option when it comes to quality and longevity. The more affordable options for teeth whitening often take time to eliminate stains and brighten your enamel, and the effects are easily undone. With professional teeth whitening, the results are more immediate and more permanent. You may still cause discoloration with dark beverages or smoking, but the bright white that comes with professional teeth whitening is much more significant change.
Professional whitening is definitely safer than “amateur” teeth whitening. Your dentist will not burn your gums or weaken your teeth through over-exposure, as often occurs with people trying desperately to whiten at home. Professional whitening is also better for those with sensitive teeth, as the professional versions are thicker and less penetrating than over the counter versions.
Professional whitening obviously costs more than drugstore or online cosmetic options, because the quality is much higher. Sometimes professional whitening can be partially covered with dental insurance or paid for by a health savings account, but often it is an out-of-pocket expense. Often clients are dismayed to find stains return, so it’s important to remember that no whitening is a permanent solution for the stains of everyday life. Some clients with transparent teeth due to aging may find that professional whitening is sensitive and less effective.
To determine if you are a candidate for professional teeth whitening, reach out to your preferred dentist today