Dental Myths: All Teeth Whitening Options are the Same

Teeth whitening is a very popular tool used in cosmetic dentistry. There are multiple brands and methods; your dentist will consult with you to discuss the pro’s and con’s of one’s you’re interested in, and offer suggestions of what might work best for you.

Since whitening has become a very economical way to achieve a smile makeover, the marketplace has introduced different solutions for stained and/or discolored dentition. Some work better than others … learning about what is available; any budgetary limitations you may have; whether or not you are working with a specific timeline; and knowing the reasons your teeth may need whitening are all things you should take into consideration to help you to determine your product selection.

Acquiring teeth whitening products from your dentist will assure you are obtaining a tested and proven teeth whitening solution. Whether you are whitening in the office or using a take home kit, your dental professional is licensed and can dispense a more powerful whitening agent than what you can buy at the drugstore or online. This makes your dentist the first person you should see when considering teeth whitening.

Whitening pastes and gels that you brush with daily can’t really deliver the results you can get from a product that is going to be applied and allowed to sit on your teeth for a period of time. The same holds true for oral rinses that claim to whiten. This is not to say that your teeth may not lighten a little, but you will not achieve the same results you would get from teeth whitening with your dentist.

One size fits all dental trays you can use are less expensive; however, a customized whitening tray will fit well and produce a better result. Having your dentist fabricate whitening trays for you  will allow you to achieve a more satisfactory whitening experience.

Teeth whitening at home takes longer than whitening in the office; however, this suits many patients well. The results are often similar … your dentist can discuss the differences with you before you make a decision about where to whiten.

Many foods and beverages contribute to dental stain … coffee, tea, cola, red wine, certain berries, tomato/soy/balsamic vinegar sauces, citrus, curry … to name a few. Limit or avoid these, plus tobacco products, to help prevent dental staining.

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