A person’s smile creates an immediate impression on everyone they meet. Whitening teeth can make a person’s smile radiate vitality, health, youth and happiness. At Biscayne Wellness Center, we know that people always notice a bright, white, healthy smile and that teeth whitening can be one of the most affordable ways to improve anyone’s appearance.
As people age, their adult teeth can become stained, yellowed or darker. There are a number of ways that teeth become discolored. The main causes are foods, antibiotics, aging and genetics.
Internal discoloration is caused by changes to the dentin and the enamel of teeth. The main causes of internal discoloration are tooth decay, issues with root canals, trauma and frequent use of antibiotics during childhood.
Tobacco and foods are the main cause of external discoloration. Smoking cigarettes and consuming food and drinks with tannins such as tea, coffee, oranges, carrots and wine can cause a yellowing of the teeth.
Types of Teeth Whitening
The two common types of teeth whitening treatments are:
- At home
Professional whitening is the preferred whitening method because it uses stronger whitening agents, while the rest of the mouth is protected. In-office whitening is very effective and can transform the look of teeth in just a single visit. One hour is all it takes to brighten teeth up to 10 shades.
In-office whitening is a great starting point and can be touched up with at-home treatments to maintain the results. If a patient experiences any symptoms from the whitening, such as sensitivity, the best person to handle these issues is the dental professional.
The results of in-office whitening can last for years with the proper maintenance.
At-home treatments are popular because they are generally easy to use and are less expensive than in-office treatments. The best course of action is for a patient to use the at-home treatment that their dentist recommends in conjunction with in-office whitening. This is the safest way to get the best results.
There are many advantages to working with a dentist for cosmetic teeth whitening. It may be more expensive, but it is safe, effective, and a patient can get great results quickly. Please consult with the dental professionals at Biscayne Wellness Center to determine the best course of teeth whitening treatment for you.