We all want pearly white teeth, but it’s hard to get them with so many teeth staining foods and beverages that are part of many of our daily lives. Drinking coffee, tea, and soda as many of us do will cause teeth to become discolored and lack-luster. There are many, many methods of teeth whitening, and a lot of misinformation on the Internet. So how do you get white teeth in the most effective, safe manner?
First, we will discuss why you need to whiten your teeth in the first place. Teeth whitening would not be necessary if teeth did not become discolored. Tooth enamel can be stained from any dark substances such as coffee, tea, red wine, and soda. The staining can be surface staining, while is often removable from brushing and regular dental visits. However, the staining could be below the surface. This staining has resulted from years of drinking these dark beverages. Because this staining is below the surface, it is much harder to change.
So how do you remove those below the surface stains? There are many over the counter whitening treatments available at your local pharmacy, but these products may be dangerous and lack longevity. The safest, most effective way to whiten your teeth is to have it done professionally by your dentist. We recommend first seeing your dentist to ensure tooth discoloration is just staining and isn’t due to a health problem. Once you determine that your discoloration is due to staining, many dentists will give you the option of in-office whitening or take-home trays.
The in-office treatment offers the most powerful whitening treatment, and also gives the dentist more control to ensure the color is perfect. This also allows the dentist to ensure your gums are protected from the whitening agent. In addition, it allows the dentist to blend the whitening treatment with existing crowns and fillings, because these items will not be affected by the treatment.
The take-home treatment will require the dentist to make a cast of your teeth that will be used to create custom whitening trays. The dentist will then provide the whitening solution for you to take home and use in conjunction with the trays. This process will give you similar results to the in-office treatment, but it may take a few weeks since the whitening solution is not as concentrated.
We hope this helped you learn more about teeth whitening. Please contact us to find out what method is best for you!