With more innovations cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening has increasingly become more effective, affordable, and widespread. For anyone looking to improve the shimmer of their smile and the aesthetics of their features, whitening their teeth can create an affable look that everyone will appreciate. There are several options for teeth whitening depending on the current state of teeth stains and the frequency of cleaning necessary.
You can find several toothpastes and mouthwashes on the market that feature a whitening ingredient but over the counter products do not have the power needed to eliminate most stains. A stronger peroxide that can only be found at a dentist’s office is the best solution for whitening. A cosmetic dentist will be able to provide the different types of peroxide bleaches that have the necessary strength for you to get a clean white look. Most teeth whitening products have a peroxide concentration between ten and twenty percent.
No matter what the state of your smile is, clean your teeth thoroughly and frequently or else the whitening process will not last. Some people’s oral health is too poor for some whitening procedures and they need to increase the health and strength of their teeth or gums. If your dentist clears you for a procedure, however, there are several options to take for a pearly white smile.
A bleaching is the most typical whitening procedure used by a cosmetic dentist. When people talk about teeth whitening, bleaching is most often what they a referring to. This procedure is a direct application of peroxide by a dentist. The application takes about an hour and must be done several times over the span of a few weeks for results to show. Zoom! whitening is a more rapid version of this procedure - which speeds up the traditional process.
Whitening gels advertised on television clear away the debris from teeth and replace it with a cleaning and whitening ingredient. You can purchase these from supermarkets but a dentist’s whitening trays will be far more effective. These need to be applied on a regular basis over a long period of time and may take up to a week before the gel takes effect. Unlike the over-the-counter gels, a dentist’s whitening trays will have a much stronger bleaching agent.
If you live in the Nashville area and want more information, contact Dr. Poss to discuss your treatment options. You can decide how white you would like your teeth as well as how quickly you want the process complete.