Everybody dreams of a perfect gleaming white smile. Sometimes, all the efforts you take do not bear expected fruits. Teeth tend to lose their natural color over time. That can be due to various factors like consumption of certain foods, medications, age, trauma, and so on.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental procedures. There are a plethora of options available for teeth whitening. Some of them are at-home teeth whitening kits or teeth whitening strips like Crest White Strips, Snow teeth whitening kit, Arc teeth whitening kit and teeth whitening strips, Lumeeno Teeth Whitening, and Aura Glow teeth whitening. Many companies market their toothpaste as “teeth whitening pastes” as well. There are also many teeth whitening “diy” tips available online which include using charcoal or coconut oil for teeth whitening. However, teeth whitening when done at a dentist’s clinic can show fabulous results.
Teeth whitening is a method that helps counter the dullness of the teeth. It is beneficial in multiple ways. It not only helps in making the smile brighter but also aids in reducing plaque build-up and chances of gum disease. This helps in reducing and preventing any tooth-related issues or gum diseases that often accompany age. After all, prevention is definitely better than cure. Teeth whitening is beneficial as it induces the urge to have better oral hygiene practices as well.
Following are few reasons that cause discoloration:
Frequent consumption of tea, coffee, red wine.
Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco.
A lot of consumption of fluorides during childhood.
Aging also contributes to discoloration. With age, the enamel layer becomes thin, gradually exposing the dentin layer beneath. Dentin is darker in color than the enamel
If your teeth were damaged due to face injury, discoloration can happen. Teeth change their color by laying down more dentin to control the damage.
Any strong medications or treatments like chemotherapy can also contribute to discoloration.
Teeth discoloration is an incredibly common issue, and so there are hundreds of people online every day trying to find the best teeth whitening method. “Teeth whitening how to” and “teeth whitening near me” are very common search terms, along with “teeth whitening dentist.” As mentioned above, there are at least dozens of different methods of teeth whitening at home. In the past few years, there has been a huge increase in the number of teeth whitening kits and teeth whitening strips in the market. Products like Crest White Strips, Snow Teeth Whitening, Aura Glow Teeth Whitening, and Zimba Teeth Whitening are commonly used. Teeth whitening paste is also a very common marketing ploy. Nowadays, there are even at-home teeth whitening pens like the Moon teeth whitening pen. These products do work to an extent, but there is always a possibility of overusing a product or using it ineffectively.
There are also several teeth whitening diy or do-it-yourself techniques online. The most famous methods are using hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening or baking soda for teeth whitening. Some people also use charcoal, coconut oil, and other commonly available household products. Some of these “teeth whitening naturally” tips and tricks may work, but some may not. And even the techniques that do work will only work to a certain degree and the effects won’t last long. Also, while using such methods there is always the risk of making mistakes and accidentally causing damage to the teeth or other side effects. In particular, if one is not cautious while using hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening, one can cause significant damage to the protective enamel of the teeth. Fixing this damage can be quite expensive. That is why the safest and best teeth whitening method is professional teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening by a dentist is more thorough and ensures evenly whitened teeth compared to most at-home teeth whitening treatments. Professional teeth whitening can remove even the most stubborn stains, while most at-home teeth whitening treatments can only remove the lighter stains. Professional teeth whitening is safer and more reliable than at-home treatments. Before whitening your teeth, the dentist will examine your mouth to ensure that there are no issues like failed fillings or exposed roots that could be worsened by the teeth whitening procedure. Professional teeth whitening is faster and more long-lasting as well. Most at-home teeth whitening treatments need to be done over and over again to see any results, but that is not the case with professional teeth whitening. At a dental clinic, most teeth whitening methods like Zoom Teeth Whitening or Laser Teeth Whitening take only 30 to 90 minutes, but they last for months.
We all want to get that dazzling smile. But before getting the treatment you must make sure if you are suitable for receiving the treatment. Dr. Orfaly advises that anyone can be a good candidate for teeth whitening except:
People with crowns on their teeth.
Patients with dental fillings cannot undergo teeth whitening, because the treatment can whiten their natural teeth leaving the fillings with their original color. This will result in your teeth having different colors.
People who have had exposure to tetracycline antibiotics during early childhood, while the teeth are still developing (before 8 years of age).
As this treatment is a cosmetic procedure, it is not advisable for pregnant ladies.
Dr. Orfaly makes sure to give the right advice and whether or not one must undergo the treatment.
The teeth whitening service at Fisher & Orfaly Dental is customized for you, as opposed to over-the-counter teeth whitening kits and teeth whitening strips, which are one size fits all. Along with normal dental teeth whitening methods including strong teeth whitening gel and laser light, at Fisher & Orfaly Dental we also use custom-made dental teeth whitening trays. The dental teeth whitening trays are made by taking impressions of your teeth and then dental stone models are made from those impressions. They are then placed on a custom-forming vacuum machine. This machine will fabricate the dental teeth whitening trays.
You will come back for a second appointment to receive the dental whitening trays and the prescription strength whitening gel.
The trays are typically worn for an hour a day. The dentist has found that you will reach your maximum whitening level after 2 to 3 weeks.
Dr. George Orfaly, of Fisher & Orfaly Dental, has written a blog where he describes in detail the procedure of teeth whitening and the benefits of the treatment.
There is no special care to be taken after the treatment. However, it is advisable to avoid brushing teeth at least a few hours after the treatment. However, after that, one must regularly brush and floss teeth for maintaining oral hygiene.
Teeth whitening cost can be financed using a CareCredit credit card. Read more about insurance and payment plans.
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Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.