Whitening teeth is often a priority for anyone who has discolored or stained teeth. Our teeth are a major part of our physical appearance and the smile is one of the first things people notice. White teeth are associated with cleanliness and youthfulness, while discolored teeth often lead to people assuming they are that way because of poor hygiene.
Brushing can sometimes get rid of minor stains, but serious ones require the use of a bleaching agent like carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. These bleaching agents are very effective when it comes to getting rid of discoloration caused by age, some medications or consuming things like red wine and coffee.
Certain types of stains like those caused by tooth decay and fluorosis cannot be removed with a bleaching agent. People with these types of stains are advised to get dental prosthetics like crowns or veneers.
There are a variety of ways a person might go about whitening their teeth. Some methods are more effective than others, so let us take a look at some of the more popular ones:
1. Whitening toothpaste
Some kinds of toothpaste contain polishing agents that can be used to scrub minor stains off the surface of a person's teeth. These products can be purchased at pretty much any store where hygiene products are sold. This method will not do much to get rid of deep stains.
2. Whitening pens
These are like ink removers, but for teeth. The person simply applies the whitening solution directly to their teeth and leaves it there for a specified amount of time.
3. Whitening strips
These strips are placed on teeth for a specified amount of time. They can be effective on deep stains, but it does take a few weeks to see drastic results. The wearer will not be able to eat or talk while wearing the strips, so that should be factored into their whitening schedule.
4. At-home bleaching trays
Dentists provide bleaching trays that can be used to perform whitening treatments at home. The dentist will take an impression of the patient's mouth and send that to a lab where a customized tray is made. This method does not produce results as quickly as getting it done in-office, but it does work well over time.
5. In-office teeth whitening
This method typically leads to the best results. The person's teeth can be whitened by up to 10 shades during a single visit. A few visits and the person's teeth should be as white as they can be.
Regardless of which method you decide to go with, whitening teeth is a continuous process. Your teeth will still be exposed to the things that stained them, so maintenance treatments will be needed to retain your teeth's new color.
Contact our office to learn more about whitening treatments and explore the treatments we provide.
Request an appointment here: https://www.atidentalcare.com or call ATI Dental Care at (630) 364-2554 for an appointment in our Naperville office.