Whiter smiles are in high demand in the United States. White smiles look better, and can be shown more confidently than stained ones. Foods and drinks can discolor teeth over time, leading many people turn to cosmetic dentistry for tooth whitening treatments. Despite the popularity and success of tooth whitening, some people may be held back by rumors surrounding tooth whitening. If rumors have cast tooth-whitening treatments into a negative light for you, it is important to learn the truth behind those rumors.
Professional tooth whitening is designed to be gentle on tooth enamel and remove staining without destroying this protective layer. There is no danger of enamel loss if you are having your teeth whitened by an experienced dentist. The real danger comes from a number of at-home remedies that people use to whiten their teeth. One popular strategy for DIY tooth whitening is to rub fruits that are high in citric acid on your teeth. This method may remove plaque, but the high acid content also damages the enamel of the tooth, and it doesn’t help with staining. Using at-home whitening products more often than recommended to speed up the process can also weaken or damage the enamel. It is also important to note that you should choose where you get your teeth whitened carefully. Places such as mall kiosks and salons may use harmful chemicals in high doses that can damage enamel.
Tooth whitening is a pain-free process, though some people may experience discomfort if the bleaching agent comes into contact with the gums. To prevent this, gums and lips are covered to protect them from potential irritants.
Some people experience sensitivity after tooth whitening, but there are ways to reduce or eliminate sensitivity if you have your whitening performed professionally.
As a general rule, assessing whether or not you are a good candidate is wise for any procedure to avoid complications. Tooth whitening is no exception. Prior to your whitening treatment, you will be assessed for existing tooth damage and decay that needs to be taken care of first. Damaged teeth are often more sensitive, and may cause discomfort when the whitening agent is applied. Tooth whitening may also not be right for people who are pregnant, nursing, or are under the age of 16.
Just like the natural whiteness of your teeth, the results of whitening are not permanent. The length of time results will last for depends largely on your habits and genetics. Drinking large quantities of coffee or red wine, smoking, and eating foods like beets and soy sauce may cause staining to set in faster than it otherwise would. With the Zoom Tooth Whitening used at Collins Dentistry and Aesthetics, results typically last about a year. Results can be touched up at home using the custom-made tooth whitening trays sent home with you after your visit.
When people hear the word “chemical”, cancer often springs to mind. Naturally, some people may worry that the materials used in tooth whitening could also cause cancer. A number of studies testing the safety of tooth whitening practices have found that the chemicals used do not cause cancer.The American Dental Association has reported that the tooth whitening products used in these procedures are safe for use.
Whether your teeth are stained by age, favorite foods, or habits, tooth whitening can help restore your confidence. Although tooth pastes and at-home kits can help you brighten your smile, results can take up to two weeks to begin to show. At Collins Dentistry and Aesthetics, we use Zoom Tooth Whitening to give you fast, long-lasting results. After your visit, your teeth will be an average of eight shades lighter. You will also learn about maintaining your pearly smile so that you can enjoy your white smile for a long time.
Keep your smile radiant with Zoom Tooth Whitening. Please call 509-368-7788 for an appointment at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788