Who wouldn’t want a brighter, whiter smile when they pause to check out their looks in the mirror? In fact, when hundreds of dental patients were asked what one thing they would change about their teeth, the nearly unanimous response was “a whiter smile”.
Thanks to age, injury, medication, food, drink and tobacco use, over time shiny white teeth can take on an unattractive yellow hue. Fortunately, teeth whitening is available in many forms and it’s a rather simple process.
Depending on the severity of discoloration and the amount of money a person wants to spend on whitening, several options are available. Stain removal toothpastes can easily be purchased. Unlike bleaches, these types of ADA-Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface. In office bleaching is another, long lasting option. While it’s pricier, it’s also super effective. Your dentist can also provide you with a personalized tray for bleaching at home. This process can take a few days to a few weeks. Last but not least, there is a wide array of over the counter bleaching kits that are generally safe and effective for teeth whitening.
As always, check with your dentist first, because some people are better candidates than others for optimal results. Feel free to schedule a consultation, and we would be happy to help you pick the best whitening process for your individualized, unique needs.