Teeth discolouration is an inevitable part of the aging process. Things like diet, genes, and tobacco use can speed up or worsen this process. There are a variety of products available to bring teeth back to the shade of white you are most comfortable with. Some options are safe, some put your teeth at risk, and some fall in between. Some products strip the teeth of their natural protective coating and leave the teeth feeling sensitive. Others can introduce your gums and body to dangerous chemicals. Before making your decision, there are a few things to consider.
Why Teeth Lose Their Shine
Knowing why your teeth are in their current condition can help shine a light on areas that could be improved. Picking up some healthier habits, or dropping unhealthy ones, could have a small whitening effect on their own. Some things that damage a naturally white smile include:
- Excessive fluoride treatments and exposure in adolescence
- Teeth grinding or trauma
- Cigarettes contain tar which leaches a poisonous stain within the mouth
- Dark liquids like coffee, red wine, and soda that can stain your teeth
- Poor and/or infrequent brushing habits allow tartar to build up
Swap coffee for Tee, red wine for white, wear teeth guards for grinding and brush your teeth often. This will give you a great start when considering your whitening options.
Over-the-counter products are available on both store shelves and online. There are many brands and varieties to choose from, from paint-on liquids to strips. These methods are budget friendly but often require lengthy use and repetition to be effective. Going through twenty or thirty boxes is not going to be as friendly on your wallet.
Kits you can bring home from your dentist are another option. At Tee Family Dental, we can supply you with a custom set of whitening trays using the latest innovative technology and highest quality materials. Most importantly, we will assure your teeth are healthy enough to be safely whitened before administering any cosmetic enhancements.
Why Dentists are an Important Part of The Whitening Process
Appointments with our office are easy to make, and we strive to provide a high-quality experience with friendly staff. During your visit, we can properly address any calcifications or other factors that may diminish the effects of a whitening procedure before you spend your money on a treatment option. We can also provide services to help your teeth reach their optimal health in preparation for the whitening process.
Gum health is equally as important as tooth health. Having a dentist apply whitening agents assures that your gums will not be aversely affected. Dentists can even apply a protective layer to your gums when using higher concentrations of bleach-based products.
Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of whitening, which is why we firmly believe that it is essential for our patients to work in conjunction with our dentists. Every member of staff at Tee Family Dental is focused and determined to deliver the best possible outcomes for our patients. We take the time to discuss the options and help out patients make the best choice for their individual circumstances. If you want a dentist that cares, that has the knowledge, experience, and expertise to deliver the whitening results you desire, Tee Family Dental is the company you have been looking for.