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Get Your Teeth Whitened

Your smile is the first thing that people notice when they see you. There are many reasons that your teeth might not be as white as you would like. Smokers, coffee drinkers and those that are getting older will notice the color of their teeth is affected. Some are lucky enough to have white teeth, but most don't. Teeth whitening can give you a million dollar smile and will have your beaming from ear to ear to show off your pearly whites. 

Getting Your Teeth Whitened at the Dentist

Going to the dentist for a teeth whitening is a great idea when you want to have teeth that are no longer dull or yellowed. You can’t expect to go from this color to ivory white, but the bleaching method will lighten your teeth by a few shades if not more.

There are things to consider when you are thinking of going to the dentist for a bleaching procedure. The cost could be a major factor for some and the quality of the dentist’s work is a consideration as well. There are also safety concerns.  

The bleaching process can also result in your teeth becoming sensitive to hot and cold sensations. You should be aware that if you have crowns, laminates or bonding that the bleaching process will not affect those teeth. 

The Power Bleach

For those that want rapid results and for whom money is no object then power bleaching is the procedure you should try. The process is also referred to as “Chairside” as it happens right in the office of your dentist. The whole procedure can take as little as thirty minutes or can last for as long as two hours.

The first thing that will be done is fitting you for a dental tray. This mouthpiece does not cover your gums but only your teeth. Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide will be put into the tray and you will be required to wait for thirty to sixty minutes before it is taken off.

The dentist will combine this treatment along with laser dental instruments so that the gel has the chance to break down. As the dentin and enamel of your teeth get oxygenized, it will bleach only those areas that are discolored. This procedure does not affect the chemical composition of your teeth nor will it do anything to change your teeth’s structure.

At Home Care

If you are diligent about your oral hygiene, your teeth will stay whiter for a longer period of time or will prevent further discoloration. Drinking cola and caffeine are the quickest way to change the color of your teeth as is smoking. All of these things can be controlled by you and if you needed a reason to quit smoking and your health is not a real consideration at this time, perhaps the appearance of your teeth will spur you to put out that cigarette. There are other reasons your teeth may become yellowed and dull that have nothing to do with what you eat or drink or whether you smoke. Sometimes antibiotics will change the color of your teeth or if you were exposed to excessive fluoride during your younger years, this too will cause darkening or stains. Other factors that may affect the color of your teeth are nerve degeneration and dental trauma.

It may be helpful for you to know that before you can get your teeth professionally whitened, if you have sensitive teeth from the outset or if you have any cavities or gum disease with bleeding, these will need to be addressed before any whitening procedure can begin.

Brush your teeth often, especially after meals and snacks. Stay away from beverages that are known to stain your teeth and above all quit your cigarette habit. Practicing good oral hygiene from the start can prevent a host of dental problems, and not just the color of your teeth.

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