Showing off a bright, white smile goes a long way in the world. Having teeth that look white gives you a more youthful and healthier appearance. Unfortunately, many of us are plagued with teeth that have lost a bit of their luster for one reason or another.
If this is where you sit, then cosmetic teeth whitening may be the ideal solution for you. The simple and non-invasive types of teeth whitening that are currently available can give you very noticeable results in a very short amount of time.
Reasons for Darker Teeth
There are many reasons that you may not have the bright, white smile you are looking for. Some of the most common include:
| Drinking coffee, wine, or tea on a regular basis
|Smoking cigarettes or cigars
|Getting too much fluoride while your teeth were developing (known as Fluorosis)
|Some medications stain the teeth, like tetracycline
|Normal wear on the outside of your teeth from age
Just because you have teeth that have stains on them, does not mean you are unable to have that perfect, Hollywood smile you dream of.
Types of Teeth Whitening Options
Many people want to have whiter teeth, but they are not sure which option is going to work best. There are quite a few options, and all have their good and bad sides to them. Here are some of the most common types of treatments.
At home, over the counter, whitening solutions: these can be trays, sheets, gels, or solutions that painted on your teeth. These are costly, and often ineffective for dramatic results.
Professional teeth whitening solutions from a dental office: these are treatments that your dentist gives you. These are often very effective, and usually last for quite a long time. These treatments require you to come in twice, first to have a mold created to make your trays, and second to give you the trays and solution. This ensures a proper fit and allows your dentist to explain how to properly use the system.
Things to Understand About Teeth Whitening
One thing to keep in mind is that when you are bleaching your teeth, many people notice an increase in tooth sensitivity. This is expected and normal, and most of the time goes away quickly after you end the bleaching process. Another thing to keep in mind is that only your natural teeth are going to respond to the bleaching process. You are going to have to get to your desired level of whitening, then go back to your dentist to have any dental crowns or dental fillings changed to match the newly brightened teeth if they stand out at the older color.
At Century Dental, LLC, you have multiple staff members who can help you whenever you have a question about teeth whitening. You can call (971) 708-1608 and schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today, and they can explain to you what options your mouth would respond to best in their professional opinions. From there, you can get your teeth whitening treatments going, and have that gorgeous, white smile you have been looking for in no time!