The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Discolored teeth can affect not only the way you see yourself, but the image others have of you. Teeth whitening them can be the quickest way to change both. It’s all in the smile, it seems.
Surveys have shown that a clean, bright and white smile gives the smiler a whole new air of confidence in relationship to others, whether in the social or work environment. This can influence their success in everything from dating to job interviews and work performance.
Similarly, someone whose teeth are discoloured is seen by others as having a lack of confidence, lower feelings of self-worth, and even as less healthy.
Teeth whitening at Broadway Dental is a relatively inexpensive, non-invasive, and quick dental cosmetic procedure which will enhance your smile effectively.
Teeth Whitening processes
- In-office whiteners: The quickest results come from in-office whitening by your dentist or dental hygienist. This service, which uses laser technology, can lighten your teeth by from 5 to 7 shades in just one hour.
- Home Tray Whitening Kits: Getting the same results at home is going to take a lot longer. You will also have to wear a tray some of that time over both your upper and lower teeth. The trays hold a whitening gel which contains less peroxide than the gel the dentist uses. Some whitening kits include standard trays, which may not fit perfectly, while others have trays which can be altered to fit snugly in order to avoid gel leaks.
- Whitening strips have a peroxide gel on one side, and are applied to the outer surface of your teeth for 30 minutes a day over a prescribed period.
- Whitening toothpastes: The least powerful of the teeth whitening processes, they do not get as dramatic results. The toothpastes are non-chemical and work by polishing the teeth over a period of time to remove any stains that have formed on the surface.
What causes tooth discoloration?
We all think of teeth as being white, but not all teeth are the same shade of white. Genetically, some people are born with darker teeth than others. Other factors can also take their toll, changing the color of the enamel. These include:
- Some illnesses, injury to the teeth and the normal process of aging.
- Consuming stain-producing drinks or foods regularly such as berries, red wine, cola, black coffee or tea and some sauces.
- Taking certain medications.
- Smoking or chewing tobacco.
- “Dead” teeth which turn grey inside
Limitations to the whitening process
Teeth whitening processes only work on your own teeth. Replacement teeth used as part of bridge or crown work in the past will have been colored to match your teeth at that time. No amount of bleaching will change their color, and they might show up as strikingly darker among newly-whitened teeth.
If you have replacement work scheduled, you may want to whiten your teeth first so that the new teeth can match your already whitened teeth.
- Gum irritation and sensitivity to temperature may be felt for a few days after whitening. If this keeps on, see your dentist.
- Follow the directions carefully if you try home-use products. Stop using them and see your dentist if you are at all concerned.