Most of us are aware that habits such as drinking coffee, tea, smoking and indulging in red wine can cause staining. What many people might not know is that even ‘healthy’ alternatives such as fruit and vegetables and juices can have a staining effect as well. These foods and drinks contain naturally occurring acids and sugars, which can wear away at the enamel and cause teeth to take on a yellowy tone. Neglecting to brush and floss from time to time, and even just normal aging can all lead to teeth becoming discolored.
Tooth whitening methods have become more and more popular over the years, as people are seeking that pearly white smile. Indeed, with several teeth whitening options available, there is no need to let staining and discoloration dull your smile.
Many people opt for home whitening products, such as Crest 3D White strips. These products are popular over-the-counter methods which claim to lighten teeth by several shades. While you may notice a difference after using these products, they are generally not as effective as professional whitening treatments available through your dentist. While there is no type of teeth whitening that can yield permanent results, professional whitening services generally last longer than over- the- counter products.
There are a variety of different whitening methods that dentists use, but what is commonly used is a type of whitening gel which is applied directly on the teeth. A light is used to activate the solution and being the process of lightening your teeth. The procedure is quick and noninvasive, usually taking no more than an hour. However, your dentist may recommend a cleaning and fluoride treatment beforehand.
If you have a special occasion coming up and want to give your smile that extra boost, or if you simply want beautiful, pearly white teeth to make your smile stand out, give us a call. Our dental team is experienced and skilled at a wide variety of cosmetic procedures including teeth whitening, and we’ll be sure to send you off with a smile that you can be proud to show off.