How to Whiten Your Teeth, The Right Way!
There are so many myths regarding teeth whitening, it’s hard to keep up. When shopping for toothpaste or a new toothbrush, you’ll quickly notice the large amount of ‘teeth whitening’ products that fill the shelves. Everything from whitening toothpaste that promises whiter, brighter teeth in 2 weeks to whitening strips that range from $20 to $30 a box. While access to these products makes it easy to assume whitening your teeth is only a matter of using one of these promising products, unfortunately, that’s not the case. We’re here to provide you with factual information on how you can achieve whiter teeth the right way! First, let’s examine why your teeth turn yellow or brown.
Why Aren’t My Teeth As White As They Once Were?
There are several circumstances that cause teeth to lose their shine and crisp white color. What you consume plays a significant role. Drinks such as coffee, soda, and tea contain caffeine that stains teeth on the surface. In most cases, these stains can be removed through daily brushing. When brushing can’t solve the problem, it’s because the issue is now below the surface. In addition to caffeine, beverages with acid will wear off your tooth’s enamel. As the enamel wears off, teeth are no longer protected on the surface, making it more difficult to brush off stains. Moreover, genetics play also plays a role in the discoloration of teeth. Some people have dentinogenesis imperfecta, a condition that causes teeth to appear translucent and discolored. Thankfully, there are treatments available to help.
Achieving Results with Professional Teeth Whitening
Those amazing before and after pictures of teeth whitening that many people share online can certainly serve as inspiration for the type of results one hopes to achieve. One thing to keep in mind is that results do vary based on the condition of your teeth and sometimes more than one visit is required. During a professional teeth whitening service, a bleaching gel is used to provide teeth with a white pigmentation. The session generally lasts one hour in total with two 15 to 30 minute periods of applying coats of gel.
Practicing Good Habits at Home
After receiving a professional teeth whitening service, it’s important that you do your part to keep teeth looking white. The best way to keep your teeth in excellent condition, both visibly and internally, is to brush regularly, twice a day for at least two minutes. Doing so will help you remove the plaque that easily builds up throughout the day before it hardens and leads to worse issues.
Contact Ricardo Chavez, DDS
At Ricardo Chavez, DDS General Dentistry, we provide affordable and professional teeth whitening services. Our office understands that achieving whiter teeth can make a difference in how confident and comfortable you feel in everyday settings. Taking steps to a whiter, brighter smile has never been easier. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!