Many people realize that the appearance of their teeth is integral to their image, professional or otherwise. Also, when our teeth look bright and healthy, we feel brighter and healthier – at least more confident. Alas, keeping the smile vibrant and beautiful takes work. In addition to brushing and flossing to ward off the hazards of that morning cup of coffee or afternoon soda, it is necessary to manage the color of your teeth. This is an easy task when you work with your dentist toward your goals.
A common school of thought is that teeth whitening is one of the most convenient, most affordable ways to makeover the smile. This is true; but there are aspects of the process that need to be just right in order to for this to happen the way it should. Yes, home remedies sound fascinating and easy. They barely cost a thing, at least when you look at the surface costs of materials. The thing about the home remedies that are available is that they don’t work; and this is best case scenario. In extreme cases, such methods could cause irreparable damage to your teeth.
What’s Different at the Dentist’s Office
To whiten under the supervision of your dentist does not mean that you choose to actually have treatment performed in the dental office. There are two common treatment options that can achieve great results. Many patients actually choose to whiten at home using materials purchased at the dental office. Professional grade peroxide solution has a great deal more power against stains that commercial products. Also, your dentist makes whitening trays that fit around your teeth so the product does not leak onto your gums and into your mouth.
One of the aspects of teeth whitening, or any cosmetic dental procedure, really, is appropriateness. Not every treatment is suitable for every person. Teeth whitening, for instance, does not work on dental materials, only on natural enamel. If you have crowns or veneers that are visible, their color may be difficult to match with whitening treatment. If your gums are inflamed before whitening treatment, and this is not treated, inflammation may become uncomfortable.
At Advanced Dental Arts, patients receive our full attention before, during, and after cosmetic dental care. To learn more about teeth whitening and other stain-disguising treatments, call (847) 223-5200.