Over time, your teeth naturally fade and yellow, but yellowing may be sped along by certain habits like smoking and drinking wine or coffee. Over the counter teeth whitening products do provide some results, but for serious cases, professional teeth whitening may be the best step for you to take.
The Difference Between Over the Counter and Professional Teeth Whitening
There are plenty of products on the market from toothpastes and mouthwashes to gels and strips that all claim to have brilliant results. However, these items are less likely to provide the whitening you want because they have lower concentrations of peroxide and can’t get into the deeper levels of your tooth enamel to remove deep-set stains. Though these products are usually less expensive, you will likely end up wasting money trying multiple products and having to use them more often, whereas professional teeth whitening provides better, long-lasting results.
Is Teeth Whitening Right for Me?
Only your dentist can truly answer this question since he or she knows and understands your teeth best. It is important to know, though, that whitening will not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings and also that certain stains bleach better than others. Having a consultation with your dentist can help you to manage expectations and understand what your options are for achieving your desired brightness.
What to Expect When Getting Your Teeth Whitened
Your procedure will likely last somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Your teeth will be cleaned before placing a bleaching solution containing peroxide onto the teeth. A laser light is then used to activate the solution. Though many people experience dramatic results after just the first visit, most will need multiple visits to get their smile looking its best.
Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you and at Hawkins Family Dental, we want you looking your best. If you feel like professional teeth whitening may be the best choice for you, don’t hesitate to call us and our friendly staff will be happy to get you scheduled for a consultation.Leave a reply →