In their natural state, no one has blazing white teeth. For the most part, the natural color of your teeth coordinates with your skin tone, which can make them seem lighter or darker. Teeth do have a natural brightness to them that can be lost over the years due to staining.
The foods you eat and beverages you drink on a regular basis can affect the color of your teeth. Red wine and dark juices along with berries and even some spices can cause teeth to become discolored and dull looking. It happens so gradually you may not be aware of how dingy your teeth have become. When you see the difference teeth whitening can make, you may be surprised.
Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic procedure requested in the dental office worldwide. It can have a big impact on the aesthetics of your smile. By simply removing the stains and discoloration from your teeth and making them whiter, you can look more youthful and healthier.
Why Get Professional Whitening?
With so many over-the-counter whitening kits available, why spend the time and money getting it done by a professional? The easy answer is because it is safer and more effective in the long run. Many of the OTC products actually do a decent job of whitening teeth. Unfortunately, some of them are ineffective, and others can do damage to your teeth.
Professional whitening not only does a better job, but it also is a safer way to get stunning results. Your dentist monitors the change of color so your smile will look natural and healthy, rather than artificial with the risk of damage to the tooth enamel.
What to Expect
Professional teeth whitening can be completed within an hour’s time. The dentist or hygienist will monitor the process and check on you every few minutes. The whitening solution may cause you to feel a little twinge in your teeth every now and then. This is the bleach agent working out the stains deeper in the tooth. OTC whiteners generally only bleach surface stains.
Professional grade whiteners work at a deeper level and do a more thorough job of removing stains. Deep stains can still show through the translucence of the enamel if they are not also removed.
Schedule an appointment with Rivers + West Family Dentistry if you are considering having your teeth whitened. Our procedure is safe and effective, and you have the experience and expertise of our dental team behind the process. Contact our dental practice today for a brighter, whiter smile.