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Teeth Whitening Tips

Posted under Cosmetic Dentistry on January 2nd, 2012 | No Comments
Teeth Whitening Tips

Whiter teeth can bring years back to your smile

With the growing awareness of the systematic relationship between oral health and the wellness of the whole body, people are paying more attention to how their smile portrays them as an individual. People associate yellow teeth or tooth loss with old age. Hence, by simply whitening ones teeth, it could bring years back to a smile.

Today, there are many teeth whitening products on store shelves. Some claim to be as effective as the teeth whitening treatment done in a dental office. But are they? Here you will find helpful tips and a comparison between over the counter products vs. dentist supervised teeth whitening methods.

There is an old wife’s tale about using lemon juice and baking soda mixture as a home-made teeth whitening solution. It is never recommended. Citric acid in the lemon potentially could dissolve your enamel, leaving your teeth unprotected.

Over-the-counter whitening strips and gels are peroxide-based. The gels are applied directly onto the surface of your teeth.

Tray-based tooth whitening systems involves filling a mouth guard like tray with a gel whitening solution and wearing the tray for a period of time.

The in-dentist-office teeth bleaching provides the quickest way to whiten teeth. With in-office bleaching, the whitening product is applied directly to the teeth. These products can be used in combination with heat, a special light, and/or a laser. Results are seen in only 30- to 60-minutes at a session. With in-office bleaching, dramatic results can be seen after the first treatment. This type of whitening is the most expensive technique.

Who doesn’t desire to look younger and have a dazzling smile? Discuss the whitening options with your dentist today.