3 Ways To Whiten Your Teeth

If your teeth are not as white as they used to be, you may be considered a teeth-whitening application. Here are a few ways to whiten your teeth:

Whitening Toothpaste 

Whitening toothpaste includes the same gentle abrasive components that  non-whitening toothpaste does. However, in addition, they include whitening components, such as baking soda or peroxide. Still, whitening toothpaste is best used for light dental staining. Components, such as baking soda, help create an alkaline environment in the mouth to discourage tooth decay while also adding additional tooth-polishing capabilities. Peroxide is a gentle bleaching agent. Still, whitening toothpaste is generally not as effective as the whitening received through kits or professional whitening applications.

Over-the-counter Dental Whiteners

There many over-the-counter products that can be used to whiten the teeth. They are more effective than whitening toothpaste and usually use a peroxide-based solution to brighten the teeth. When a patient uses an over-the-counter whitening kit, he or she should be sure to follow the directions provided with the product. Overuse of whitening products can cause an increase in dental sensitivity.

Over-the-counter products are usually applicable for light or medium dental staining. Since these products are not as effective as professional dental whitening, they may not be as effective for deep stains.

In-office Whitening

Dental staining that is deep usually responds best to in-office whitening. Professional dental whitening gel usually contains a higher concentration of peroxide. In addition, a special light may be used to intensify the whitening ability of the product. Whitening gels when applied by a professional can often improve the color of the teeth by multiple shades. Still, in cases in which the dental staining is severe, multiple whitening sessions may be needed to achieve the lightest shade possible for the teeth.

When your dentist applies a dental whitening application, he or she is likely to cover the gums to help ensure that they are not irritated or inflamed by the whitening solution. In addition, a device is used to hold back your lips from touching your teeth.

There are some types of dental staining, which are considered permanent. These types of stains, such as those from a birth defect or dental trauma may require the use of dental veneers to whiten the teeth. The veneers do not whiten the teeth chemically. Instead, they conceal the discoloration.

If you are interested in improving the color of your teeth, contact a cosmetic dentist like Oakwood Family Dentistry.