It’s normal for the teeth of the average person to suffer stains or discoloration as we age. Even the best oral care and dental hygiene may not prevent stains and discoloration 100%.
There are several everyday factors, such as foods we eat and beverages we drink, that impact the appearance of our teeth. On top of that, simple age will turn our teeth a different color. In other words, it is natural for teeth to become “discolored” over time.
There’s no need to get depressed about it, though. Modern teeth whitening treatments can restore the bright, youthful appearance to your smile in a safe, effective manner.
If you have concerns about dental teeth whitening, you’re not alone, but hopefully, you’ll feel more at ease once you see some of the basic facts behind this procedure. Read more to get all the info you need about the innovative procedures involved.
In-Office vs. Store-Bought Kits
Although there are numerous at-home whitening kits available in local stores, they may be less effective as professional-in-office whitening. In fact, not all store-bought teeth-whitening kits have the approval of the American Dental Association.
Store-bought whitening kits come in varying strengths, shapes, and applications. If not used correctly, they can cause sensitivity and possibly damage… without delivering the desired results.
In-office solutions, on the other hand, use some very powerful whitening agents – so powerful, in fact, that you can’t buy it over the counter. They must be applied to the teeth by someone who has been fully trained. This will ensure you get the results you want (many people leave their appointment with teeth up to 10 shades brighter) without risking unwanted impact on the gums and soft tissues.
Who’s a Good Candidate?
Keep in mind, not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening, so it’s important to discuss your options with the dentist.
If you’re thinking about getting your teeth whitened, ask your dentist to perform a full evaluation on your current dental health. If you are currently suffering from infected gums, sensitive teeth, tooth decay or dental work, your dentist may recommend addressing those problems before starting any whitening treatments.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck. Your dentist may be able to suggest alternative options to brighten your smile. Just because you may not be a suitable candidate for in-office-tooth whitening doesn’t mean you can’t have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
So, who is a good candidate? Every situation is different, but as long as you have been taking care of your teeth and show basically good oral hygiene, you are a candidate for most in-house whitening procedures.
The Procedure and The Results
During the treatment, the dentist will carefully protect the gum tissue from the whitening agent, apply the product, and use a special light to activate the treatment. Your treatment should take less than an hour and you can improve your smile in a single visit.