Your smile is one of your best features. You don’t want to hide it because of terrible stains. That’s why many people want to have their teeth whitened.
It’s not a display of vanity to want whiter teeth. Rather, it shows that you care about yourself. You should be at your best at all times, and your smile can be your best accessory. If you can have your teeth whitened, you should discuss it with your dentist.
Why Your Teeth Get Stained
Teeth get stained due to the food we eat, the lifestyle we lead and the medications we take. If you drink a lot of cola, tea and coffee, your teeth may have brown stains from the years you’ve consumed these beverages. If you smoke, your teeth will not be white.
Certain medications can stain your teeth a dark brown or blue color. You can still get your teeth whitened, but it can take months to see the results that you want.
Qualifications for Whitening
Most people are qualified for tooth whitening. If you’re not, your dentist will tell you why. You should know that if you have any cavities or major problems with your teeth, they will need to be addressed and taken care of before you get them whitened.
What Are My Options for Teeth Whitening?
There are many options available for getting your teeth to be whiter.
Most people choose the at home options. There are two of these available. You can either use the tray kit or you can use the strips that fit across your teeth.
If you decide to use the tray you will find that it may take six months to see results. This is because the chemicals used in the formula are much weaker than what dentists are allowed to give you. You will also find that the trays don’t fit your mouth correctly. You may swallow a lot of the formula because the trays are not custom fitted for your mouth.
The second option is the strips. The strips apply the tooth whitening gel directly to your teeth. This means you won’t swallow as much of the chemicals, and you’ll get better results. However, nothing beats the results your dentist can give you.
Your dentist will give you the best tooth whitening results. If you don’t want to sit in the office, you can perform your teeth whitening at home. You may have to check in with your dentist every once in a while to see how it is going.
Before you make a decision, you should discuss all of your options with your dentist. He will be able to guide you down the right path of getting your teeth whitened. Ask him any questions that you feel you need the answers to so that you can make an informed decision.
Teeth Whitening Procedure
First your dentist will do a complete examination on your teeth. Then he will review your medical history. Once it’s determined that you qualify for teeth whitening, he will discuss your goals with you and what you’d like to achieve with the procedure.
A tray will be made to fit your teeth. This tray is used for the gel that they will apply so that your teeth will become whiter. It is much stronger than what you will find over the counter. You can even do the procedure at home if your dentist gives you permission to do so. You will have to come back on the next visit to pick up your tray, kit and instructions from your dentist.
Two chemicals are used in the teeth whitening procedure: hydrogen and carbamide peroxide. These chemicals combine to form oxygen. The oxygen then goes between the pores (little holes) in your teeth and breaks up the stains in your teeth.
As the stains break up, the light that is applied to your teeth is no longer blocked. It can now begin to whiten your teeth.
You can see results within an hour or up to three days. Sometimes it may take a few weeks. In other cases it may take months. The types of stains that do best with teeth whitening are stains that are yellow or slightly brown. If you have darker stains, or stains that turn your teeth dark brown or blue (as mentioned earlier) it may take up to six months to see the results you want. However, it can be done with persistence and patience.
If you decide to do this procedure at home, you must perform it according to your dentist’s instructions. Don’t deviate from them. Don’t think that leaving it on longer will give you better results. It may cause problems. Only leave it on for the amount of time instructed by your dentist.
How to Maintain Your New Whiter Teeth
Results from over the counter teeth whitening kits can last up to six months. The results of a professional teeth whitening done by your cosmetic dentist can last from one to three years.
The length your results last depends on many factors. For starters, you must have a regular oral hygiene routine. You should avoid things that stain your teeth, like smoking, coffee or tea. If you decide to have a food or drink that will stain your teeth, you should clean your teeth immediately afterward. Letting the substance sit on your teeth without removing it will cause them to stain again.
Renewing the Whitening
You will have to get your teeth whitening renewed. If you’ve gone through your dentist it won’t be as expensive as it was the first time you had it done. The majority of that pricing was for the custom fit trays that were given to you. Now that you already have your trays, you should be able to just get the solution from your dentist.
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If you would like to make an appointment to discuss teeth whitening please call 1300 657 033 to schedule an appointment at the Geelong Dentist Clinic.