A white smile is considered more attractive so it’s no surprise many of us strive to have that pearly white smile. Our teeth naturally darken over time and can be affected by things we eat and drink (coffee, tea, oranges etc.) or habits we have like smoking.
Although our teeth aren’t naturally completely white, we aspire to have that bright white smile. This is why many dental offices offer whitening options to patients to help them achieve the shade they want.
Why should I whiten my teeth?
Many people have various reasons to come to their dentist to whiten their teeth, some include
You want to remove or lighten some stains from food, drinks or smoking
You want to enjoy the appearance of a white smile for years
Whitening toothpastes or over-the-counter strips aren’t strong enough
You have sensitivity issues with regular whitening products
What is teeth whitening? How does it work?
Most dental teeth whitenings use a bleaching approach which means they use a dental-grade bleach solution to whiten your teeth. Usually this is self-administered, your dentist will take a mould of your teeth to make your own whitening trays. Your dentist will give you instructions on how much solution to put in your trays, how long to wear them and the total treatment time.
Will teeth whitening hurt?
Teeth whitening shouldn’t hurt but it could cause some sensitivity if you have sensitive teeth. Your dentist can go over any concerns you may have with you in person and help you choose the best teeth whitening choice for you.
Is it safe?
Yes, teeth whitening is completely safe as long as you follow all the instructions given to you by your dentist.
How can I make my teeth whitening last longer?
The best way to prolong the beautiful white smile you have is with good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing multiple times a day will be the best way to help prolong your pearly whites.