Cosmetic dentistry can make you look better and feel better. You’re likely to smile more if you’re proud of how your teeth look and you’ll shed some self-consciousness as well.
If you’re wondering if teeth whitening is right for you, your first stop should be your dentist’s office. You’ll want to make sure your mouth and teeth are health before you start any kind of whitening regimen.
There is a wide range of products available for whitening your teeth, incuding toothpaste, strips, gel that you can paint on your teeth with a cotton swab, whitening trays, and more.
These products alluse the bleaching agent peroxide as their main active ingredient, the same thing your dentist will use. Dentists have access to a more concentrated product because they have the expertise to use it correctly, per The Chicago Tribune.
The procedure works more quickly when done by a professional using a stronger bleaching agent, said Matthew Messina, a practicing dentist at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry and a spokesman for the American Dental Association, but your dentist knows how to protect your gums while using it.
Over-the-counter products have a weaker concentration of peroxide so there is less risk to the gums. Messina stressed reading the directions and seeing your dentist if you have any problems or questions.
Before using an at-home whitening product, have a professional cleaning to make sure your teeth are clean and that plaque and tartar have been removed
Professional whitening is immediate and will last for years, while products you use at home require multiple applications, have a lesser whitening effect and don’t last as long.
To prevent your teeth from becoming stained in the first place, avoid staining substances like red wine, coffee, tobacco residue tea, tomato sauce and balsamic vinegar. Brush your teeth or rinse them with water after eating, floss and get regular checkups.