Investigating the Options
When we meet others, we instinctively want to flash a nice, welcoming smile in greeting. However, when teeth are visibly dull and discolored, the new instinct is to hide them. In the end, discolored teeth lead to lack of confidence and sometimes even less satisfactory social and professional interactions.
With so many treatment options for teeth whitening today, there is no need to live with teeth you do not feel confident showing to others when you speak, laugh, or smile. The challenge of teeth whitening is not deciding to do it, but in choosing the most suitable option for optimal results. Because there are toothpastes, commercial strips and trays, and even gum that promise to whiten teeth, it is easy to assume the process is simple, but this is not the case. By investigating both commercial products and the professional whitening treatments available in our Brentwood dentist teeth whitening practice, you will know the benefits of each method available, and thus be able to discover the best option for you.
Commercial whitening products are difficult to ignore simply because you see them in aggressive marketing on television and in print. Because they are so readily available, they seem like the perfect method for a dazzling white smile. While over the counter whitening strips will indeed produce whiter teeth, they are limited in both safety and effectiveness, removing only surface stains. Because there is no evaluation of teeth and gums before applying commercial products, irritation may occur. The only way the law can provide protection against this is to limit the amount of whitening agent in such products, which limits the results.
Our teeth develop stains from a variety of factors we encounter daily. Foods and drinks we consume contain dyes or high amounts of tannins, which dull and discolor as they contact the enamel. Lifestyle habits such as smoking also cause yellow or brown stains, as does inadequate oral hygiene. The discoloration of teeth is simply difficult to avoid, hence the popularity of teeth whitening treatments.
To adequately combat stains that have settled into the deeper layers of enamel, which all stains do, professional treatment is necessary. Working with Dr. Alkhoury, you can see teeth brighten by several shades through at-home whitening or with Zoom! whitening, which is performed in our office. Contact us to achieve whiter teeth that last!