Teeth whitening can add sparkle to your smile
As you age, your teeth naturally darken.
This look can be amplified by staining due to:
- certain foods
- your genetic disposition
- gum disease
If you are unhappy with your smile, if it seems like it’s getting a little dingy or discoloured, you can brighten it up.
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At home vs professional teeth whitening
There are a lot of teeth whitening treatments out there. You can choose home teeth whitening products such as toothpastes, mouthwashes or kits. Or you can go for a professional teeth whitening treatment.
What’s the difference? Cost is one factor. At home products are less expensive. The downside? They are often less effective. Because professional teeth whitening treatment is supervised by a dentist, the whitening solution is stronger, giving you a brighter white in less time.
Professional teeth-whitening advantages are:
- Quick and noticeable
- Controllable results – you decide how dramatic a change you want
- Simple and convenient – you can choose from in-office treatment, or opt for a take home kit
One of the professional treatments available is laser whitening. A hydrogen peroxide concentration is applied to your teeth, and the whitening process is accelerated with the use of a dental laser.
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What’s the best teeth whitening treatment for you?
Many people feel more confident with whiter teeth, but how do you make sure the teeth whitening treatment you choose will be effective for you? Because there are so many products available that use different whitening agents and strengths, it’s a good idea to check in with your dentist before you proceed.
He or she will be able to assess the condition of your oral health,and any dental restorations you may have (sometimes it’s old fillings, crowns or bridges that are causing the problem), and help you plot a course of action that will help you get the best results.