Having a bright white smile is something we all strive for. Though no matter how great our oral hygiene is, the white seems to dull over time due to many different factors. But all is not lost! Teeth whitening is a very viable option that more and more people are seeking.
With the use of professional teeth whitening treatments, it is possible to turn stained teeth into a white smile you can be proud of.
How Teeth-Staining Happens
There are so many reasons why our teeth don’t stay pearly white – even if you have the best oral hygiene habits. Of course, brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist for a professional cleaning every 6 months goes a long way in maintaining healthy teeth, sometimes there are factors we may or may not be able to control as easily.
- Certain medications can lead to the discoloration of teeth.
- Poor dental hygiene.
- Foods and beverages can impact the color of your teeth, such as consuming things like coffee, tea, and red wine or eating certain acidic foods.
- Tobacco, chewing or smoking, plays a huge part in staining teeth.
- Aging and genetics.
The good news is that you can take advantage of teeth whitening procedures to reduce this staining.
Understanding the Basics of Teeth Whitening
There are many different types of teeth whitening on the market, though it is safe to say that mostly all of them have one main ingredient – peroxide. The reason for this is that different types of peroxides contain oxygen molecules that reach the surface stains and react by dissolving the bond that the stain has to the tooth’s enamel. Most professional teeth whitening uses hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide as their whitening agent.
But they don’t just stop with peroxide and whitening – they also include things like fluoride. This is to help keep the teeth strong while reducing their sensitivity during – and after – the whitening process.
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-The-Counter Options
If you go to your local drugstore or discount chain, you will likely find a DIY teeth whitening kit that has peroxide as the main ingredient. This may easily sway you into believing that they offer the same level of whitening as the more professional options. However, you’d be mistaken.
While, yes, over-the-counter options do also use peroxide, they are not as effective. This is primarily due to the fact that they have a very low level of peroxide compared to professional versions. This is so you aren’t over-whitening your teeth and causing damage to them. Buying kits online that promise to offer a high level of peroxide may seem enticing but may be very damaging to your teeth and your overall health.
Your best option is to let the professionals handle your teeth whitening. Your dentist has the ability to ensure successful – and safe – teeth whitening. And, will be there to monitor the process along the way.
Teeth Whitening at Dental Partners of Vero Beach
At Dental Partners of Vero Beach, we understand how important it is to feel good about your smile. And that means having beautiful – and white – teeth. We offer Philips Zoom Whitening to get your teeth up to 8 shades lighter in just one visit.