Looking after your teeth is an important consideration to make sure you get a lifetime of use from them
. While the health of your teeth is obviously a primary consideration to ensure that they remain pain free, many people also consider the appearance of their teeth. Having a good set of pearly whites can give you confidence and make smiling a joy.
However, there are many factors that can affect the appearance of teeth and over the years they can become dull and discolored due to a number of reasons. This can include age, smoking, certain types of food and drink and also damage to the teeth. These all have the potential to discolor teeth and make them look less attractive. However cosmetic dentistry is an option these days and teeth whitening is a way to reverse the problems of discoloration. This is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry techniques available and it can help get your teeth back looking white and bright.
There are a few options with regard to teeth whitening and this ranges from over the counter products which can be purchased from a local pharmacy to professional treatment by a cosmetic dentists.
The most effective and quickest way of whitening your teeth is to visit the dentist for treatment
. In-office treatment generally comprises having high concentrate peroxide gel professional applied to your teeth by a trained practitioner. Generally the gums are first protected to prevent them suffering any damage and then the peroxide gel is applied for a short period of time, usually no more than around 15 minutes. This should provide noticeable results in terms of brightening your teeth. Generally several sessions at the dentist are required to complete the treatment and the peroxide gel is usually applied for around an hour total over a few sessions. In-office treatment tends to be the quickest way of seeing results in terms of brightening your teeth, although it also tends to be the most expensive.
As well as in-office treatments, dentists can also dispense home use whitening kits. These typically feature less concentrated peroxide gel which can be applied for a longer time period and in some cases it can be kept on over night as the user sleeps. It is generally applied using a custom fit mouth shield or bleaching tray which the dentist will produce as part of the treatment. As it uses lower strength gel it generally takes longer to complete the treatment and see the results, although home whitening kits dispensed by dentists can be more convenient