For our patients in Sacramento, teeth whitening is an important confidence-building treatment that always makes a person feel better and more attractive. A bright, beautiful smile conveys youth, good health, happiness, warmth, and confidence. In fact, research by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) found that more than 99 percent of adults believe their smile is one of their most important “social assets.” Most people believe a great smile to be more appealing to the opposite sex, and as many as 75 percent believe that an unattractive smile can decrease their chances of career success.
So, what is the most commonly desired cosmetic dental improvement? Whiter teeth. This is good news because teeth whitening treatments are easy and one of the most economical ways to acquire a more attractive smile.
- Teeth Discoloration: As you age, your teeth become darker or yellower and normally accumulate stains. Your baby teeth were probably whiter than your adult teeth, so this may be why brighter, whiter teeth make people appear younger. The primary causes of external tooth discoloration are genetics, certain foods, tobacco use, and normal aging. Foods associated with tooth yellowing include tea, coffee, carrots, and oranges. Internal tooth discoloration may be caused by exposure to high levels of fluoride, tetracycline use, developmental disorders, root canals, tooth decay, dental restorations, and injuries. The most common teeth whitening techniques are over-the-counter whitening products and professional, in-office teeth bleaching whitening treatments:
- OTC Teeth Whitening Products: Do-it-yourself treatment kits are available in retail stores (Over The Counter) and do not require a prescription. These typically include teeth whitening strips, gels, and other oral care products such as toothpastes and chewing gums. These products are generally very safe, but it’s not a bad idea to talk with your dentist or hygienist before trying them. With their experience, they can give you a pretty good idea about which OTC products are best.
Professional teeth whitening procedures are performed in a dental office and involve stronger and more effective whitening agents. These very effective treatments can often improve your smile in just one visit. The effects of an in-office treatment also last much longer than an over the counter solution.
- In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment: There are several advantages to in-office treatments. Professional care makes the teeth whitening process safer and considerably more effective. Your dentist can ensure that your mouth trays are fitted properly to ensure that there is no leaking of the whitening product. If you’ve experienced sensitivity issues as a result of whitening agents, your dentist is best equipped to relieve your symptoms, and keep it from growing worse without ending the treatment.
Talk to your dentist about teeth whitening options today, and give your smile new life. A bright, stunning smile can make a real change in your attitude, your confidence and your life.