It is commonly said that you only get one chance to make a first impression. The first thing that many people will notice about you is your smile. Many people find that they can smile with confidence when they have had their teeth whitened. This process is exclusively for aesthetic purposes and does not protect your teeth against decay. However, an attractive smile can make you feel self-assured in social and business situations.
There are numerous options available for whitening your teeth, and it is recommended that you consult with your dentist in order to choose the most effective option for you. Your dentist will be well-acquainted with your overall dental health and gums, and he can recommend what is the best for your situation.
The most common options for teeth whitening fit in the following categories:
- Dentist-assisted whitening – This option has the benefit of professional assistance from the office staff and the results are immediate. This option is definitely more expensive than the others.
- Teeth whitening gels and trays – While this is cheaper, you will not notice the results as soon since the whitening solution is weaker than what your dentist will use. There are also fewer trays sizes to wear while whitening which may result in some discomfort for you.
- Teeth whitening strips – Most brands are simple to use and reasonably effective. The main negative aspect is that they take quite a bit longer to achieve results than professional treatments.
- Teeth whitening toothpaste – This is really more of a polishing treatment than a whitening treatment.
Whatever treatment you choose, the active whitening ingredient will most likely be peroxide. It actually bleaches your teeth. The effect is beautiful, although it is only temporary.
Teeth whitening is used to brighten teeth that have been discolored by aging, staining, or chemical damage. In extreme cases, crowns or veneers may be required as a complete solution. However, we can provide reasonably-priced whitening options that are inexpensive enough to make it worth trying first.