Teeth Whitening – Learning About Your Choices

September 10, 2008 by admin 

There is a television show on The Learning Channel that essentially covers make-overs for women who are looking far older than their actual age. The number one reason a person may appear older is because their teeth have become discolored. People associate whiter teeth with being younger. Teeth whitening procedures have become a huge industry. Dentists advertise whitening specials. There are countless television ads promoting their zoom whitening techniques. But what exactly is involved in the process of dental whitening of the teeth and can it do more harm than good in the wrong hands?

It helps if you think of the surface of teeth as a ceramic tile. Just as tiles can become discolored and lose their brightness, so too do teeth. Dark liquids and tobacco are the chief causes of brown and yellowed teeth. Even some illnesses and medications can cause discoloration. Many people turn to teeth whitening as a way to feel younger and have a smile to show off.

There are two ways a person can whiten their teeth. They can visit a dentist or they can try a whitening product at home. Both can achieve some success. Typically, a dental visit can yield the best results, as some dentists can whiten teeth up to fourteen shades lighter than what the initial visit showed. If whitening cannot be achieved with standard procedures, then the dentist may suggest porcelain veneers to cover the damaged teeth.

Home teeth bleaching systems can be anything from specialty toothpastes, to whitening strips placed on the teeth at certain times of the day. There are also trays that can be molded to the shape of your teeth and filled with a special whitening gel. However, there are risks involved with any procedure. Bleach, while it can whiten teeth, can also erode the protective layer on your teeth. This is why it is very important to pay attention to the manufacturers’ directions.

Most teeth whitening products are very affordable, especially the home teeth whitening kits. If you have tried a home kit in the past and were disappointed with the results, then you may want to consider visiting a cosmetic dentist. Be forewarned though that their procedures will be more expensive than the whitening treatment kits for home use. The bright side is that you will see immediate results and it may be the best option for your particular case.

To learn more go to Michigan Teeth Whitening and at Raleigh Teeth Whitening


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