How do you whiten teeth?
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry or the AACD, American adults believe their smile is the most defining way to remember someone so it is not surprising to learn that people are looking to improve their smiles. One of the fastest ways to change your appearance is by lightening the shade of your teeth. Depending on your situation, the dentist may be able to have your teeth whiter by the time of your important event.
First you need to talk to the dentist about your desire to whiten your teeth. The dentist will help review the overall health of your teeth and gums and even review why the color of your teeth is not as white as you would like. For some people, their teeth are darker due to extrinsic stains or stains on the top layer of the teeth. When the enamel darkens due to stains, they are often the result of dark food and drinks or tobacco use. A topical whitening treatment available from the dentist for use in the office during an appointment or a product you can purchase at the drug store can be used to improve these types of stains. The dentist can talk to you about the potential risk of each of these treatments to your teeth and gums and the best option to reach your desired outcome. It is important to know that any of the whitening options will only address surface stains on your natural teeth and will not change the color of tooth fillings, veneers, or any crowns. If you are looking to change the color of any dental work you have done, you will need to work with the dentist to determine an alternative treatment.
If you are looking for a whitening treatment to complete at home that you purchase at the drug store, then you will be able to choose between whitening toothpastes, gels, or strips. The whitening toothpaste uses an abrasive agent to loosen and break up surface stains. Whitening gels and strips use hydrogen peroxide in a bleaching compound that stays in place on the surface of your teeth. If your teeth are not in alignment, then you may have a more difficult time keeping the strips in place. These options are usually are on the lower end of the price range for teeth whitening. They will take longer to show results and they will not brighten as many shades as the professional versions.
When you look to the dentist for professional whitening options, the dentist can offer you treatments that you can do at home or you can have during an appointment. At home whitening trays give you the stronger bleaching agent than the ones you buy at the drug store but they are not as strong at the ones that the dentist uses during a single appointment. They are designed to gradually lighten your teeth with a tray that the dentist has fabricated for your mouth.
Be sure to talk to the dentist about the changes you would like to make to your smile.