Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours. Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from daily brushing and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office, but if you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter you should investigate all of your whitening options.
The staff at Glen Oaks Dental can tell you whether whitening products will be effective for you. Whiteners work well to remove yellow-hued stains, but may not correct all types of discoloration, such as brown- or gray-hued teeth. Whiteners are not effective on bonding materials or tooth-colored fillings, making them stand out in your newly whitened smile. Other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be needed to achieve a consistently white appearance.
There are several options for bleaching/removing stains from teeth:
- At-home bleaching. Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. There are potential side effects, such as increased sensitivity or gum irritation. Speak with your dentist if you have any concerns.
- Whitening toothpastes. All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives. “Whitening” toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these ADA Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface.
To learn more about teeth whitening and bleaching, check out this article from American Dentistry Association.