Whiter teeth can certainly improve your appearance and smile, so there is no wonder that teeth whitening is the most popular options of cosmetic dentistry.
Along with the discoloration caused by the surface stains build-up acquired from the excessive use of tobacco and consuming some drinks or foods, teeth of most people appear in light grayish yellow shades, which become darker with age. Methods of teeth whitening give many people a chance to enjoy beautiful smiles that would not be available to them otherwise.
All treatments are not suitable for everyone, so it is important to check with your dental expert before determining which whitening option to choose. Some treatments make use of bleach while others don’t, and bleaching is not suitable for everyone.
Teeth whitening is suitable for those who have healthy teeth and gums, without any fillings. Teeth with yellow shade are most ideal for whitening.
Majority of bleaching products are based on peroxide. The peroxide bleaches the tooth enamel and makes your teeth whiter. The capacity of peroxide normally decides the strength of whitening procedure. The amount of peroxide found in teeth whitening products is 10% to 22%.
All discolored teeth may not respond to bleaching products. For instance, bleaching will not work for those who have had root canal treatments, crowns, fillings and dark stains. Only a dental expert can tell you if your gums and teeth are strong enough to go through the process of whitening.
If your dentist has decided that you are suitable to have your teeth whitened, you will have to decide which method you want to go with. Options of your teeth whitening include over the counter gels and strips, whitening toothpaste, tray-based whiteners and in-office whitening. These can take from few days to few weeks to offer good results.