Cosmetic dentistry has become more and more popular in recent years. Unlike other types of dentistry–such as restorative dentistry, which aims to restore decayed and broken teeth–cosmetic dentistry aims to improve the overall aesthetic of your teeth and smile. Some examples of cosmetic dentistry include onlays and crowns, but the most commonly recognized (and most popular) procedure is tooth whitening.
Unlike other procedures, there are many ways you can whiten your teeth, some of which you can do yourself. Of course, how you shine your teeth will be dependent on how much time and money you are willing to spend, how stained your teeth are, and how sensitive your mouth is. Read on to find out which method is the best for you.
Toothpastes come in a wide variety of options, one of which is “whitening toothpaste”. This toothpaste contains some abrasives that scrub the surface of the teeth, leaving it polished and slightly whiter than before. An advantage of this toothpaste is that it is affordable and easily accessible through your local supermarket. However, the abrasives in the toothpaste may bother those who have sensitive teeth or gums. Additionally, the toothpaste is not strong enough to clean deeper stains.
Many people have heard of this form of tooth whitening. Whitening strips are thin pieces of plastic coated in peroxide, a chemical substance that helps lighten the teeth and clean stains. You attach these strips to the front of your teeth for generally 30 minutes per day over a 14 day period. By the end of this time, your teeth will be noticeably whiter. Many people choose strips because they are relatively inexpensive and are the most effective way to shine your teeth at home.
Whitening gel is another form of do-it-yourself whitening. Purchased over the counter at a pharmacy or supermarket, you apply this peroxide-based gel to your teeth with a special brush over a period of several days. Results depend on the strength and concentration of the gel.
Are you a fan of mouthwash? A newer product in the realm of do-it-yourself whitening procedures are whitening rinses, a specialized mouthwash that contains peroxide. While this is a quick, easy way to whiten your teeth on a day to day basis, your results will not be as dramatic as other methods. Why? The peroxide in the rinse is only in contact with your teeth for several minutes–a limited amount of time for the substance to do its work.
Professional Tooth Whitening
For the most effective way to shine your teeth, consult your dentist. Professional tooth whitening, such as Greenspoint’s Dental Zoom!, is a professional procedure performed in one hour-long visit that dramatically enhances the “whiteness” of your teeth. For comparison, whitening toothpaste typically results in teeth one shade whiter, while professional procedures can result in three to eight shades whiter than before.
Want more information on how to improve your smile? Ready to schedule a professional procedure? Greenspoint Dental is ready to help you with all of your dental needs. Contact a Houston dentist today.