Millions of people complain of dulled or yellowed teeth that take away from their smiles. Discolored teeth can be associated with poor hygiene, but they are also associated with old age, and frailty of the teeth that can be caused by a few different things.
Professional teeth whitening treatments make it easier to achieve a bright smile, sometimes in just one treatment. The treatment works by treating the teeth with a hydrogen peroxide gel and then activating the gel to release oxygen ions. These oxygen ions flood your teeth and break down interior and exterior staining to achieve a bright look. This bleaching process is incredibly effective and extremely safe with little to no discomfort.
Our office currently offers two different types of professional whitening services: in-office and custom-made trays.
If you’re looking for a teeth whitening remedy without coming to the dentist, there are a few simple things you can try at home like brushing with baking powder, use hydrogen peroxide to brush or rinse with on an occasional basis (cut the peroxide in half so you are using a 1.5% solution and not a 3% solution, which is common for over-the-counter), use apple cider vinegar as a brushing or rinsing agent, eat more fruits and vegetables they are good for your body and your teeth, limit foods that stain your teeth such as soda, coffee and wine, limit your sugar intake and always remember to brush and floss twice a day—its still a powerful tool.
This largely depends on your individual lifestyle – the effects can last as little as 6 months or as long as 2 – 3 years. Practicing excellent oral hygiene and avoiding things that stain your teeth, such as smoking and drinking coffee, can prolong how long the effects will be visible.
If overused, whitening strips can cause harm to your teeth. It’s important to avoid having the strips make contact with your gums as the whitening chemicals can cause serious damage to the soft tissue. Additionally, frequently using whitening strips can cause tooth sensitivity and weaken the tooth enamel.
If you have additional questions about teeth whitening, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.