White Teeth Equals A Youthful Smile
One of the easiest and most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures is teeth whitening. As we age, our teeth naturally become dull. This is why teeth bleaching can have a youthful effect on patients. Although it is easy to find whitening booths in the mall or OTC bleaching kits, whitening can have adverse effects and patients should talk to their dentist before doing anything to their teeth. There are a myriad of problems that can occur to result in a poor outcome. This can be due to crowns, fillings and even the natural enamel. For best results, discuss the different dental whitening options with your cosmetic dentist. Here are two methods that may be talked about:
Bleaching Trays – If you choose this procedure, your dental office will take an impression of your teeth and then make custom trays that fit snuggly over your teeth. The whitening process will occur over the next couple weeks. Your dentist will give you a schedule for when to wear the trays and he will give you a whitening gel that you place inside during each use. Often, you will wear them over night. One advantage of this method is that the whitening happens gradually so it tends to cause less sensitivity.
In Office Whitening – This is also known as Zoom or laser whitening. The great advantage of this method is speed! You can whiten your teeth by as many as 4-5 shades in one office visit. Your doctor will coat all of your teeth with a hydrogen peroxide solution similar to what is used in the trays but stronger. He will then use a light to speed the reaction. This is fast and efficient and you come out with a bright new smile; however, if you know you have sensitive teeth, then this may not be the procedure for you.
There are many methods to help you obtain the smile you want, even if there are obstacles in the way. Be sure to talk to your cosmetic dentist about your options and he will be sure to lead you on the right path.