Just like sponges, our porous tooth enamel can soak up elements from what we eat and drink. Although it’s normal for teeth to darken over time, dark stains from coffee or cigarettes can speed this process up. Even things like different medications or mouth rinses can cause staining in your teeth!
Thankfully, whitening your smile is a piece of cake for your dentist! Professional grade whitening products are able to naturally lift deep-set stains from your enamel, dramatically improving the appearance of your teeth. Depending on the type of whitening service you choose, you can whiten your teeth in as short as one appointment, or from the comfort of your home in less than 2 weeks. Most patients that choose professional teeth whitening services will see teeth lighten by several shades.
Over the counter products and whitening services found in salons are not the same as the whitening kits distributed by your dentist. Retail whitening kits are a one-size-fits-some product, which uses weaker whitening solutions that aren’t able to produce the same types of results as professional grade gels. In fact, professional gels can’t even be administered by anyone other than a dentist, so even if your product says it’s recommended by dentists, it won’t give you the same results. Generic kits also use trays or strips that do not provide a close fit to your teeth. What that means is whitening gel isn’t distributed evenly, resulting in irregular whitening patterns or even exposure to your gum tissue.
If you have questions about what type of whitening treatment is best for you, ask your dentist. Depending on the amount of whitening you need, you may have a few different options to choose from.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care
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