Teeth Whitening the Best Way to Improve Your Teeth Color
Everyone wants to have a dazzling “toothpaste commercial smile” in order to look their best. But unfortunately, not everyone has naturally white, sparkling teeth. Maybe your teeth were once sparkling, but they have become stained by drinking coffee, tea, and red wine, or by nicotine if you smoke. Now they look yellowish instead. Your toothpaste does not seem to be making any difference either. Perhaps teeth whitening could be the best solution for you.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a simple dental procedure to whiten and brighten discolored or stained teeth. This procedure can help to whiten your teeth by several shades. You can opt to get this treatment done in-chair by a cosmetic dentist or do it yourself at home.
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
You need beautiful teeth to look your best and to give you self-confidence. Your smile is one of your most important assets, and one of the first features others will notice about you. You need to make the best first impression possible, so consider having your teeth whitened. You will no longer need to smile with your mouth closed to hide your teeth. Whiter teeth will greatly benefit your social and professional life.
Should I have my teeth whitened in-chair or at home?
If you decide to have your treatment in-chair, your cosmetic care dentist will use custom made trays filled with a bleaching solution that will fit snugly over your teeth. Your dentist may use a special light to speed up the process. The in-chair treatment is mostly preferred because of the speed, as it will usually only take around one hour.
If you prefer to do the at-home treatment, you will be provided with a teeth whitening kit. You put the whitening agent into the trays, and put these onto your teeth. You will find that your at-home treatment will take longer, as the solution is not as strong as the one used at the dentist’s surgery.
Another way to whiten your teeth at home, is by applying gel strips to your teeth for up to 2 hours a day.
Does Teeth Whitening cause any side effects?
The whitening solution used to whiten teeth has been proven to be a safe treatment that does not damage teeth. But some people can experience some minor side effects. For example, if you suffer from gingivitis or bleeding gums, you may experience some gum irritation. For this reason, it is recommended having your teeth and gums checked and cleaned before whitening.
You might also experience gum irritation from the trays themselves if you have opted for the at-home treatment, as they will not have been custom made to fit your mouth.
Whitening your teeth too much, can cause your teeth color to become whiter than neighboring crowns or fillings.
Who should not use Teeth Whitening?
If you are pregnant or a nursing mother, or have gum problems and tooth decay, you should definitely talk to your dentist first, before undergoing any whitening treatment.
Talk to our friendly and professional team at Newport Beach Dental Group about your cosmetic dental needs to improve your appearance and confidence.