Celebrities and TV personalities all have white teeth. As a result, Americans are infatuated with the idea or a sparkling white smile. Teeth Whitening is the most common cosmetic procedure performed today. There are plenty of options to choose from as well, from teeth whitening toothpaste, whitening strips and mouth washes to in-office teeth whitening procedures.
But there are some things you should know.
Some of these over the counter whitening products have not been tested and there are lawsuits that are pending for materials that have actually caused gum trauma or caused the tooth to actually dissolve.
Teeth are porous. Dark food, drink and smoking all stain teeth and cause them to stain and darken. Bleaching causes teeth to be more porous. This means, that once you begin bleaching your teeth, your teeth are more porous than when you started, so dark food and drinks, like coffee, wine and tea, can stain your teeth even more.
Many people find that if they stop teeth bleaching, their teeth eventually regress to a shade worse than it was before they started because the bleach makes tooth enamel more porous.
Going to a dentist for an in-office whitening procedure is safer. The American Dental Association said in a report that bleaching is generally safe when done under the guidance of a professional.
At Today's Dental we fabricate custom tooth whitening trays and provide professional strength gel to brighten your smile. Custom whitening trays are made specifically for your teeth, whitening the front, back and in between for better results. Additionally, because they are custom fitted, there is no damage to your gums.
In-office teeth whitening last longer as well. Under your dentists supervision, whitening results can last up to 2 years with good hygiene and lower exposure to staining foods or beverages. With periodic touch-up applications and regular dental hygiene visits, your whiter, brighter smile will last indefinitely.
For more information, contact Today's Dental.
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