Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that involves bleaching or whitening the natural teeth for a brighter smile. A qualified dentist and team should carry out the process to ensure effectiveness and prevent risks. Several teeth whitening options are available, such as home teeth whitening kits. However, it's important to remember that teeth whitening isn't permanent; thus, you have to do it more often. Those who have fluorosis and brown or yellow-colored stains on their teeth can benefit from teeth whitening. Visit Frankart Family Dental to book an appointment for teeth whitening.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
The main contributor to tooth discoloration is poor eating habits. Over time, stains may appear as a result of the meals and drinks you consume. Coffee, tea, red wine, for instance, can stain your teeth. Furthermore, eating acidic meals may encourage enamel degradation. Smoking and chewing tobacco create brownish or yellowish deposits on your teeth that stain them. As you age, your tooth color changes due to wear and tear and stain buildup.
Additionally, teeth may darken with time due to certain genetic traits. Also, patients with bruxism run the danger of having discolored teeth. This is because the biting edges' of your teeth may change color due to microcracking brought on by teeth grinding. Falls and other accidents can cause cracks in the teeth, where stains collect.
Advantages of Teeth Whitening
The main benefit of teeth whitening is that it enhances your self-esteem and confidence. Everything is captured in your smile. Additionally, teeth whitening is less expensive than cosmetic surgery. You will get a more brilliant, amazing smile for less cost.
Different Teeth Whitening Methods
There are three different methods of teeth whitening available: in-office whitening, professionally dispensed take-home kits, and over-the-counter remedies. The in-office teeth whitening is where the dentist spreads a peroxide gel with a high concentration on your teeth. The dentist must use a paint-on rubber dam to protect your gums before applying the gel. The gel will remain on your teeth for 25 to 60 minutes. They will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride for sensitivity reduction.
Dentists provide a take-home kit, which includes a peroxide gel with a low concentration that you apply to your teeth with specialized bleaching trays. The peroxide gel should remain on your teeth for at least an hour and ideally overnight due to the decreased peroxide content.
Over-the-counter whitening products are an affordable alternative for teeth whitening. You can easily acquire them from the grocery store. The bleaching gel has a very low concentration compared to the take-home kit, however and isn't as effective. You should apply the gel to the teeth using universal strips, trays, or paint-on applicators.
Frankart Family Dental will recommend the best teeth whitening method for you. Call us today at (513) 809-1366 to book an appointment.