We all want a beautiful, pearly white smile. A great-looking smile can bring confidence and make anyone feel great. However, as time goes on our once white and bright smile may soon fade. It is only natural that teeth eventually get stained and discolored because of age, what we eat and drink, or simply because we do not take care of our teeth properly. First impressions play a big role in how we interact with other people so it is imperative that we take care of our teeth.

Is Tooth Bleaching A Safe Procedure?

As people age, teeth usually darken because of the changes in the mineral structure of a tooth and enamel becoming less permeable. Teeth whitening or bleaching has become an increasingly popular trend over the last few years to help resolve this issue, even though the concept has been around for thousands of years. Dr. Jasin Youmans of Jasin Youmans Family and Cosmetic Dentistry cautions anyone thinking of bleaching that they should always see their dentist before they begin to avoid any damage to gums or teeth. Products such as Crest White Strips have become a household name because they promise pearly white teeth fast for less money. In addition, this option can be performed in the comfort of your own home, but it is important to consult your dentist first for the best advice. Dr. Youmans cautions that many over the counter bleaching products use the same or very similar chemicals as professional bleaching. However, the tray or strips are not form fitting or custom made and can cause irritation and damage to the gums or not bleach all areas. So make sure you use them at your own risk and again, consult your dentist.

Professional Teeth Whitening and Cosmetic Surgery, Is It For You?

Professional teeth whitening with a dentist is the best way to guarantee a whiter, brighter smile. Make sure to do your research and choose the right dentist for the job. Options include abrasive teeth brightening, chemical, mild acid whitening and laser teeth whitening which has also become increasingly popular. Dr. Youmans says that professional bleaching trays are an effective way to lighten your teeth. The form-fitting tray allows the bleach to clean the pores in your teeth. Various strengths and formulas can help to reduce sensitivity and still provide a good result. The trays must be worn for one to two weeks for the desired result and touch up bleaching should be done from once a week to once a month depending on diet and desired shade. What each person should take into consideration before heading to the dentist office is your budget, your desired results, and your tooth sensitivity.

Good Old Fashioned Toothpaste!

With so many different options for whiter teeth, simply brushing twice a day along with a routine cleaning at the dentist every six months can be just as effective. Dr. Youmans advises against bleaching toothpaste which are typically abrasive and can cause gum recession and sensitivity, if this is experienced you should discontinue use of the toothpaste.