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Everything You Should Know About Teeth Whitening

Posted on: August 10th, 2016 | Categories: Cosmetic Dentistry

Have you ever thought about whitening your teeth? Teeth whitening products are currently in high demand; this is because people see their smile as one of their most important features. It impacts their social life, dating life, and could even affect how they are perceived at work. So, if you have been thinking of brightening up your pearly whites, here is what you need to know.

There are a few different methods involved in teeth whitening. Here are two different procedures that you might try.

Method 1: Bleaching procedures

Whether you use an at-home kit or go to the dentist, bleaching trays are one way to whiten your teeth.

Bleaching changes the natural color of your teeth and can make your teeth anywhere from five to seven shades whiter. Whether you opt for chairside bleaching or at-home trays be aware that over time, your teeth will become discolored again. Normal wear on teeth from day-to-day eating and drinking causes stains and discoloration to enamel. If you have your teeth whitened, you may have to go back in a year to have them done again.

Ask your dentist if a bleaching procedure is a good choice for you and for your teeth.

Method 2: Non-bleaching procedures

This method doesn’t use bleach, but instead uses physical or chemical action to remove stains from teeth. The concept behind this whitening system is to use whitening toothpastes and mild abrasion techniques to remove stains. A thorough cleaning from a dentist or hygienist might do the trick in some cases.

The key difference between a non-bleaching procedure and a bleaching procedure is that with a bleaching procedure you are changing the natural color of your teeth. A non-bleaching procedure aims to remove stains without changing the natural color of your teeth.

Talk to your dentist to find out which whitening procedure is right for you. They can give you guidance on whether at-home bleaching trays are an option or if you need chairside whitening done by a professional. Everyone has a unique set of teeth, with a unique set of needs, so talk to your doctor to find out what’s best for your oral health.

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