As opportunities for photos, whether it be proms, weddings or family gatherings approach, you may be considering tooth whitening to help brighten your smile. Before you use whitening products you need to talk to your dentist about the most appropriate treatment and to see if your teeth and gums are healthy enough. This is important if you have crowns, fillings or your teeth have dark stains.
According to mouthhealthy.org. some popular whitening methods include:
- In-office bleaching. A bleaching agent is applied to teeth and a light may be used to enhance the action of the agent. In-office bleaching products typically contain a higher percentage of peroxide than at-home formulations. The procedure is usually completed in less than two hours.
- At-home bleaching. Peroxide-containing whiteners that bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a custom mouth tray. The bleaching trays are worn for short periods of time over a few days to gradually whiten the teeth.
- Whitening toothpastes. Although all toothpastes help remove surface stains “whitening” toothpastes that carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. They do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth like bleaching agents do.
Call our office at Brogdon Dental today to see what we recommend for you to have the brightest smile possible.