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What Do You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening?

Posted on 9/15/2016 by Keith M. Cooper
A patients teeth before and after a whitening treatment.Teeth whitening is a fairly simple cosmetic procedure that can have a dramatic impact on the appearance of your teeth. With so many teeth whitening options out there, you may be uncertain whether you should whiten your teeth at home or schedule an appointment for a professional treatment. When choosing the right option for you, there are a few things to consider:

What Causes Stains on Teeth?

First, it is important evaluate how stained your teeth are because this will help you determine what treatment is right for you. There are several foods, beverages, and habits that can result in your teeth becoming stained and dull:

•  Acidic, pigmented beverages such as wine, soda, tea, and coffee
•  Any foods or beverages with food coloring, like slushies and hard candy
•  Naturally pigmented foods, such as beets and blackberries
•  Decay and tartar build-up
•  Smoking

At-Home Vs. Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments

While there are a few tooth whitening options out there, each one will have varying levels of effectiveness. At home, you can use whitening toothpaste, whitening mouthwash, or over-the-counter whitening treatments, and these can help remove some of the surface stains on your teeth.

However, professional tooth whitening will oftentimes give you the most noticeable results while maintaining patient comfort. When whitening teeth, professionals can use stronger whitening materials, but they can also prevent your gums from being exposed to the whitening treatment.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Teeth whitening can make your teeth feel sensitive for a short time afterward, but if your teeth are whitened professionally, the sensitivity can be managed. Gum sensitivity is another common side effect, but with better fitting whitening trays, this can be minimized as well.

Having your teeth whitened in an office is different than at-home treatments since you will have a dental health professional monitoring the process every step of the way.

If you have questions about teeth whitening, contact our office today at . We can help you determine if teeth whitening is the right procedure to create your ideal smile.

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