How Teeth Whitening Can Improve Your Smile
It's no surprise that people respond positively to a happy, beautiful smile. Whether it's during a job interview, chance meeting with a friend at the mall or any place where you are face to face and smile to smile with someone else, you want your teeth to look their best. And, frankly, stained or dingy teeth make anyone feel self-conscious.
One of the simplest, cost-sparing and effective ways to improve your smile is tooth whitening. Whether in the dentist's chair or at home, this outstanding cosmetic procedure can take years and shades of unwanted color off your teeth safely and comfortably.
Why teeth may need whitening
As time goes by, a smile is not always as bright as it once was. An overall yellowed or stained appearance happens for many reasons, including:
- consumption of beverages such as coffee, tea, and cola
- eating highly colored foods such as blueberries
- poor dental hygiene
In addition, heredity and injury can darken teeth. These problems be addressed by more complex dental services such as porcelain veneers or bonding.
How teeth can be whitened
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that an experienced dentist is the best resource for safe and effective tooth whitening. After performing an oral exam and discussing the individual's goals, the dentist may recommend a few different approaches. A lot depends on the health and condition of the person's teeth and gums.
One option is use of over the counter whitening products such as strips, gels, and toothpastes. Many dentist and hygienists offer these products in-office and educate their patients their correct use. Hydrogen peroxide is the most common ingredient as it is a great stain remover. A reliable measure of the product's quality is the American Dental Association's seal of acceptance on the packaging.
Other tooth whitening options may begin in the dental chair. The dentist or hygienist may apply a whitening gel in a tray that has been specifically molded for the patient or the product may go directly on the teeth. The gel contains hydrogen peroxide, and some preparations are activated by a special whitening light. The dentist takes care to protect the gums with any of these treatments. Depending on what product is being used, the patient may continue with whitening at home but will return to the dentist's office to ensure the procedure is being followed safely.
Who is not a candidate for whitening
Some people who should avoid whitening are individuals who:
- have sensitive teeth
- have many restorations such as crowns
- have gum disease or are allergic to peroxide
- are teenagers or younger as the teeth are not fully matured
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
See if tooth whitening is right for you
In Southeast Idaho, call Towne Square Dental. Drs. Richard George and Boone Allen are dedicated to giving their patients care that is informed, compassionate and cutting edge. Contact the staff at the Rigby office today at (208) 745-8704. Get your questions about a bright, white smile answered by the experts!