Teeth whitening is the most requested cosmetic dental procedure in the United States. This is because everyone wants to have a whiter, more vibrant and healthy looking smile. That is why these days, it is not a matter of whether or not you should whiten your teeth, it is just a matter of which teeth whitening solution is best suited to your individual needs.
There are a variety of different teeth whitening solutions that can be found at your local drug store or even at the grocery store. If you walk down the dental care aisle, you will see whitening toothpastes, whitening strips, whitening mouthwashes and even whitening dental floss. However, the safety and effectiveness of over-the-counter teeth whitening products varies widely. Some even have the potential to harm your teeth. For this reason, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends whitening your teeth under the supervision of a dentist.
Today, many dental offices offer two different types of teeth whitening solutions: a take home whitening kit and an in-office teeth whitening treatment. Both of these types of teeth whitening solutions are highly effective in whitening teeth. For this reason, your dentist can recommend the teeth-whitening solution that is best suited for your needs taking into consideration your budget and your lifestyle. The type of teeth whitening solution your dentist recommends may be based on the cause and severity of your tooth discoloration. If you have certain dental health issues such as gum disease or enamel erosion, this may also factor into the decision. Lifestyle and budget can also play a role. If you have a very busy schedule and want to achieve dramatic results quickly, your dentist may recommend an in-office teeth whitening treatment. These treatments involve putting a whitening solution on your teeth and then curing it with a special light and can be completed in one appointment lasting a little over an hour. If you are looking for a more economical option that can be used as needed, a take-home whitening kit may be a better solution for you. This involves wearing custom trays filled with a whitening gel over the teeth for a certain amount of time. This type of whitening solution can be used at your convenience, while you are at home.
If your teeth are discolored due to age, smoking or eating and drinking food and beverages such as red wine, berries, coffee and tea, talk to your dentist today about how you can achieve a brighter, whiter, more beautiful smile. You will be glad you did!
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