Everyone wants a bright, gleaming-white smile! However it is common for your teeth to become discolored over time, due to your enamel becoming thinner and more transparent. Teeth also get stained from drinking red wine, coffee, tea and cola.
While getting your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist is the safest and most effective way to get a cleaner, brighter smile, home whitening methods continue to be popular among consumers. If you do go the home-whitening route, be sure to receive a professional cleaning and mouth exam first. Your dentist will let you know if you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening, and a cleaning will help maximize your results
Whitening products come in pastes, gels, pens, and strips. Be sure the whitening products you use are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Peroxide, which is a bleaching agent that is generally safe for teeth, is the main ingredient in most whitening products. You’ll want to choose a product that has no more than a ten percent concentration of bleach.
Do not attempt to whiten your teeth if you have dental crowns or veneers, as they won’t whiten properly and thus will not match the rest of your teeth. In addition, you shouldn't try whitening if your teeth are especially sensitive.
But don’t go too overboard with whitening! You don’t want to look like the Cheshire Cat in Alice's Wonderland, where all they see is a blinding smile when you walk into the room. Also, too much bleach may even give your teeth a bluish tint! So, be sure to read and carefully follow the instructions on whichever product you choose.
You will get faster and more effective whitening results in a dental office, but as long as you use safe products that are approved by the ADA, you’ll be okay whitening at home. And. if you're not getting the results you're wanting, we're here to help!