Teeth whitening: the key to a beautiful smile!

A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. An alluring smile is all it takes to win hearts. It is a myth that only celebrities should own prepossessing smiles; even you can. Cosmetic dentistry has taken giant leaps in the recent decades, now anyone can possess an enchanting smile at an affordable cost.

So why would you want to make your smile charming and white? There are a plethora of reasons for the same, not just in recent times, but since the ancient era.  Even 4000 years back, white teeth were considered as the epitome of wealth and prosperity by the ancient Egyptians. The Romans employed techniques to whiten teeth with a mixture of stale urine and goat milk. Thankfully those days are over, but present times are not laid back with regards to being beauty-conscious. Did you know that according to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96% of adults believed that an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to the opposite gender, and 74% of adults felt that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances of career success? As Americans of the modern era we are quite convinced with the beneficence of a great smile and spend a whopping 11 billion dollars for teeth whitening annually.


So what causes your teeth to discolor?

Are you a frequent consumer of tea, coffee, red wine and soda? It is quite natural that the process of your teeth getting stained is progressively faster than others. Besides, an array of causative factors such as poor oral hygiene, diet, and the oral environment can play havoc with your teeth’s natural color.

teeth whitening before and afterA few people are more prone for chromogenic bacteria, which is likely to cause brownish-blackish stains. Such stains are quite common and are considered to be extrinsic. The more the stain is extrinsic, the easier it is to treat. However, there are some stains that are intrinsic and are built within the tooth. These can be quite difficult to treat. A small percentage of people inherit certain pathological diseases of the enamel and dentin, which leads to poorly developed and extensively stained teeth. Some people tend to have more abrasive habits such as vigorous tooth brushing that might simply abrade the whiter enamel layers and expose the underlying yellowish dentin. So depending on the etiology, your dentist will be able to suggest the best method to treat your teeth discoloration.


Which option of teeth whitening, will best suit you?

Teeth whitening options range from the professionally applied to an array of over-the-counter products. However, professionally applied products are highly recommended, as they achieve satisfactory, predictable, cost-worthy and faster results of whitening that result in shades up to ten times lighter. These products usually contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide in higher concentrations. Professionally delivered whitening consists of two types of systems, either the in-office whitening system or the take-home whitening system. The former consists of applying the gel containing whitening chemicals for around an hour’s time; the effect can be accentuated by the dentist, by either heat or light application. The latter consists of custom made flexible trays which will be used to deliver the chemical gels, to be used over a prescribed period of time, on a regular basis.

Over-the-counter products usually contain lower concentrations of these chemical whitening agents and hence require prolonged periods of time to achieve satisfactory results. Nevertheless, it is usually advised to use products with ADA’s seal of acceptance. Whitening toothpaste is the most commonly utilized in this category. Brush-on whitening systems, whitening strips, and whitening gums are also on the rise.


How vital is a ‘post teeth whitening’ regular dental check-up?

Check up at the dentist after teeth whiteningIt is quite important to understand that bleaching is not a permanent solution and the results tend to fade over time. We have to keep in mind that we are as equally committed as the dentist in producing the best results for our whiter teeth. This includes preventive strategies that include avoiding teeth staining foods such as tea, coffee, etc. It is also possible to slow down the process of fading by additional touch-up whitening appointments with the dentist. An attractive and captivating smile can be produced through a comprehensive approach, where your dentist replaces your pre-existing crowns, fillings, and bridges, in order to match the new, post-bleaching shade of the dentition.

A Dentist’s advice on your cosmetic needs is irreplaceable and it is necessary to review the risks, benefits and alternatives to bleaching. Remember, the benefits of regular dental consultations are endless and will definitely prove to be worthwhile.

A new beaming smile, your signature accessory, is the only curve that can set things straight!

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