20 Dec Things to Know About Teeth Whitening to Getting a Brighter Smile
Everyone wants to have a brighter, whiter smile. The external white surface of our teeth – the enamel – is an integral part of forming that beautiful smile we all deserve to have. With proper dental care, our enamels will last a lifetime. However, our diet and bad habits can get in the way of that bright smile. Luckily there are ways to maintain those pearly whites!
In this article we’ll be discussing the things you should know in order to maintain a brighter smile for your teeth.
As the name suggests, teeth whitening treatments make use of a variety of chemicals to breakdown the stains that have accumulated on the surface of your enamels.
Teeth whitening is one of the most common dental cosmetic procedures. In fact, many people undergo teeth whitening treatments as part of their regular maintenance to keep the pearly white enamels as clean as possible. It is a relatively safe and quick treatment to improve the cosmetic look of your teeth and create a brighter smile.
As we age and go about our daily lives, our teeth gradually pick up stains and particles that can discolor the enamel. Additionally, our enamels are made of porous materials – meaning they can hold and retain stains if not thoroughly cleaned and maintained. Common reasons for teeth stains include chronic smoking and drinking any liquid with dark pigments such as coffee, tea, soda or wine. Also, our enamels become thinner as we age, losing their white complexion overtime. Don’t worry though, these can all be remedied by a visit to your dentist for teeth whitening treatments.
Teeth whitening treatments
As prefaced above, the teeth whitening process is completely safe and will not take much of your time. The dentist initiates the treatment by inspecting the overall condition of your teeth and gums for signs of cavities or receding gums, as these need to be addressed before the whitening process. After the inspection, and if everything checks out, only then will the dentist proceed to the whitening treatment.
To remove any residual plaque, particles, bacteria and other substances that may have built up on your teeth, the treatment begins with a general cleaning of the area to be treated. Then a protective substance is placed on your gums and around your teeth before proceeding to apply the whitening agent on your enamels. These whitening agents will then be activated by a special light directed to your teeth. And that’s it! The dentist will inspect your teeth for the last time before you leave the office.
Teeth whitening doesn’t usually come with side effects, though some people can experience a bit of temporary sensitivity. Make sure you maintain good dental hygiene to keep those pearly whites for as long as possible!
For more information on teeth whitening treatments, contact us at Rejuvie Dental Clinic for a consultation session.