Fashion rules do not apply to your teeth; white teeth are always in style.
Brushing and flossing everyday are great habits to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, sometimes brushing and flossing alone is not enough to get a whiter smile.
Overtime, your teeth can go from white to “not so white” for a number of reasons:
• Food and Drink
• Tobacco Use
If you notice that your teeth are looking a little “buttery”. It is a good idea to think of whitening your teeth.
Teeth whitening is an easy process. Whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide; these chemicals break down stains on your teeth to make your teeth brighter.
There are different options to whiten your teeth.
- Whitening Toothpaste – Uses mild abrasives in toothpaste to remove surface stains, some toothpaste products contain additional chemicals to provide additional stain removal. Make sure you purchase ADA accepted products!
- Over-The-Counter (OTC) Whitening – Either comes in a gel consistency or a strip that fits on your teeth. The concentration of OTC agents is lower than what the dentist uses in the office.
- In-Office Whitening – Usually completed in one visit at the dental office. The dentist will apply protective gel over your gums and apply the whitening agent on your teeth. A light may be used to enhance the whitening agent.
- Professional Take-Home Whitening – Only your dentist can provide you with a kit. The concentration of the whitening agents is stronger than what you will buy at your local pharmacy. Most people find that professional teeth whitening agents brighten their smile better and faster than OTC products.
Whiteners may not correct all discolorations. Therefore, it is a good idea to speak to your Dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. I recommend In-Office Whitening or Professional Take-Home Whitening.
Currently, my office is offering $100 off Professional Teeth Whitenings!