It’s natural for your teeth to lose some of their brightness over time. Unfortunately, regular brushing and flossing and even using the right toothpaste won’t keep those pearly-whites so white forever! Teeth change color over time; as you get older, the enamel covering the teeth will thin, allowing for the yellow-colored dentin to show through. Drinking coffee and tea without using a straw will stain teeth over time, and tobacco use can quickly yellow your teeth. Although this may seem scary, it’s really common. Thankfully, tooth whitening is a simple process.
Simple whitening agents utilize common hydrogen peroxide to break up stains and make your teeth appear whiter. Many kinds of toothpaste, whitening strips, and even home remedies use hydrogen peroxide in their formulas because it is a simple and easy way to whiten your teeth.
There is a whitening process that fits anyone and everyone who wants whiter teeth. In-office bleaching is one of the fastest and safest ways to go about whitening your teeth. Dentist supervision is a wonderful resource to have when you are going about the process because you can potentially avoid damage to your tooth’s enamel as well as protect your soft gums from potentially irritating whitening paste. Usually, in the office, your dentist will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth after taking precautions to protect your gums. This gel is then activated by a laser, and the whitening process is short and effective.
At-home bleaching is another option for those of us that feel comfortable doing so. It is common and easy to get ahold of whitening kits at the store. Each one has a varying degree of effectiveness and cost, but they are generally safe when used as directed.
It is easier than ever to get your teeth whitened and put the shine back in your smile!