Whiter Teeth for the New Year
- Posted on: Jan 15 2018
Does your list of New Year’s resolutions include having a brighter and whiter smile? If not, it should. Here’s why: studies show that people with whiter teeth are perceived as more successful, friendly, and more likely to get a job offer. On the other hand, those with stained teeth are viewed as less capable and less successful. Whether or not these perceptions ring true, the fact is that a brighter smile can enhance the first impression others have of you. Let’s review what causes tooth discoloration and the types of teeth whitening available.
Tooth discoloration can be the result of a variety of reasons. Aging, trauma to your teeth, tobacco use, drinking coffee, metal fillings that are visible through the tooth, and even excessive fluoride use all contribute to tooth discoloration.
Teeth whitening can be customized to fit your individual goals and needs. In office teeth whitening is a fast, safe, and simple procedure done under professional supervision. It is a non-medical procedure that will take 30 minutes to an hour of your time. The severity of your tooth discoloration will dictate how many in office treatments you will require. Before your in-office whitening treatment, you will have a consultation with the dentist to determine if you have any dental issues, like a cavity, that may not respond well to teeth whitening. During your whitening procedure, the dentist will apply a bleaching agent to your teeth along with a specialized light or laser to achieve the desired results.
Take home teeth whitening kits can also be used instead of an in-office whitening treatment. These take-home kits can include bleaching solutions, customized impression trays, and whitening powder or gel. By using these take-home kits provided by your dentist, you can enhance the brightness of your teeth within a few days.
Over the counter teeth, whitening options are effective but have a lower level of concentrated ingredients. These types of products include take-home whitening kits or a whitening toothpaste. If you choose to use the counter products, it will take longer for you to see the desired results.
Arrange a consultation
If you are interested in teeth whitening, contact Dr. Robert D. Bankhardt today at (805) 584-1194 in Simi Valley, California. We look forward to assisting you!
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