Have you ever looked in the mirror and cringed at the appearance of your teeth? You are not alone. In fact, so many people want whiter, brighter teeth that teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. Read these teeth whitening facts and decide if the procedure is right for you.
Why Do Teeth Become Stained?
Usually, when teeth become stained, it’s because of lifestyle choices. If you drink a lot of coffee or tea, love red wine, smoke or chew tobacco, then it is inevitable that your teeth will become stained. Staining can also be due to antibiotic use.
Can Whitening Toothpastes Help?
Maybe a bit, but not much. The trouble with whitening toothpastes is that they only remove surface stains, and possibly a bit of plaque. They are simply abrasives that do not get deep into the tooth. They contain a bit of bleach, but not to the level that you will get with teeth whitening treatments from your dentist.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening treatments from your dentist work in the same way as whitening pastes in that they use hydrogen peroxide bleach, but they use it in a much higher concentration. The bleach in the teeth whitening systems that your dentist uses actually gets down deep into your teeth right into the pores, and lifts out stains that occur below the surface of your teeth.
How Long Do Teeth Whitening Treatments Last?
Because professional teeth whitening treatments work below the surface, you can expect to have a brighter, whiter smile for several years, which is a far cry from the week or so (with lesser whitening ability) that you will get from drugstore toothpastes or whitening strips (which also only work on the surface).
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The results will fade over time, though, so eventually you will have to visit your dentist again for another teeth whitening treatment. However, if you avoid the lifestyle habits that cause staining in the first place, your whitening treatment will last longer. Contact Martin Implants for teeth whitening today.