White teeth make for the most beautiful smiles any day. Very few people can maintain teeth colour for a long time. Food, drinks, medication and all other things we ingest stain our teeth. The process of teeth whitening is to restore the original appearance of teeth. There are ways to achieve this yourself at home. However, going to a dentist has proven to be a better choice.
Before undergoing teeth whitening, you should have healthy teeth and gums. Teeth with a yellow tint respond best. Brown and black teeth are less likely to respond. Let’s see what the process entails.
Methods of Teeth Whitening
There is whitening toothpaste available for sale in local pharmacies. All you need do is apply a pea-sized portion on your toothbrush every morning, before brushing your teeth. They only contain mild abrasives and cannot work on colour deep into the teeth.
Whitening gels and strips are other options. You will apply these to your teeth for some time, following the manufacturer’s instructions. They can also be gotten at local pharmacies. Whitening rinses are like mouthwashes used to whiten teeth. You can use them every morning and night before brushing your teeth. However, it’s the least effective of these methods. This is because contact between teeth and mouth rinse is limited.
For best results, you should contact a dentist. Bleaching agents used in their offices are up to twice or thrice as strong as over-the-counter products. They will also make a mouth-tray that is tailored to an impression of your teeth. This allows for maximal contact between the whitening gel and your teeth. This is better than the one-size-fits-all trays gotten over-the-counter. You will be less exposed to the risk of the procedure as your dentist will employ various protective measures. This includes a gum-protective gel or a rubber shield over the teeth before treatment.
Even with a dentist, teeth whitening is not permanent. You will have to go in for another session in a couple of years.
Is Teeth Whitening For Everyone?
No. People less than age 16 are not advised to go for the procedure. This s because they’re still developing. Pregnant or breastfeeding women are also not allowed. Anyone with any dental issues like gum disease, cavities and worn enamel is not eligible too. These conditions have to be treated before the whitening procedure.
People who have fillings, crowns or other forms of teeth restoration like veneers, bridges and bonding are not eligible too. Any attempt to whiten the teeth should be done before these restorations. This will prevent uneven colour.
See a dentist today if you want to get those picture-perfect sparkling teeth!