Teeth Whitening for a Brighter Smile
A survey carried out by the American Association of Orthodontists found that around 90% of patients would like to have whiter teeth.
More than a cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening can be an effective way to boost self-confidence, feel better about yourself, and smile more.
Read on to learn more about this painless procedure and its benefits.
Teeth Whitening Explained
Over time, teeth tend to become discolored or stained through the combined effects of drinking alcohol and coffee, smoking, eating tannin-rich foods like berries, and natural ageing. In addition, not brushing your teeth regularly or not doing it properly also changes their colour.
Discoloration and staining don’t affect only the enamel of the teeth but also the middle dentin layer and the interior of the tooth.
Teeth whitening is an effective cosmetic procedure that lightens the color of teeth and removes stains, often from the first session. It can be provided as an in-office procedure as well as an at-home teeth whitening kit.
Compared to over-the-counter whitening products, professional teeth whitening provided by a dentist is more effective and brings faster results. It’s a painless procedure that doesn’t require an anesthetic. Also, it doesn’t cause the common problems with teeth sensitivity that occur with over-the-counter products.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
The first stage of professional teeth whitening involves removing tartar and plaque from the teeth. Once your teeth are cleaned, your dentist will apply a whitening gel on them.
This gel is activated through a special light or a laser. The whitening gel will only contact with your teeth—your dentist will apply special guards to your tongue and gums.
Once the gel has done its job, your dentist will remove it and you can rinse your mouth—and that’s about it. Depending on the condition of your teeth, the desired results, and the gel, the procedure may have to be repeated days or weeks later.
In the case of professional teeth whitening kits for use at home, your dentist will mold custom trays according to the profile of your teeth. You will apply the whitening gel in the trays at home. Your dentist will provide additional instructions specific to the product they recommend.
Why Get Professional Teeth Whitening
Here are some of the key benefits of this procedure. As you’ll see, the benefits go beyond aesthetics.
Improve How Others Perceive You
First impressions matter, right? Having a brighter smile will make others see you as happier, healthier, and more successful according to this study.
Boost Your Confidence
Brightening your smile can make you feel better about yourself. It can give you more confidence to do the things you want to do in life.
While a less-than-bright smile may make you hesitant, a bright smile can give you that little burst of confidence and energy you need to make a decisive step in the right direction.
It can make the difference between asking or not asking someone out or taking or not taking advantage of a professional opportunity that appears on your horizon.
Look and Feel Younger
Dentin, the layer of the teeth between enamel and cementum, darkens with age. Even if you take good care of your teeth discoloration becomes inevitable as the years march by.
Opting for professional teeth whitening can reverse this effect and restore the youthful brightness of your smile. It can make you look and feel younger.
Improve Your Oral Health
Undergoing teeth whitening will encourage you to follow a careful oral hygiene routine. You’ll feel compelled to do this to maintain the results of the treatment.
It may also make you more aware of the foods and drinks that can stain and damage your teeth. For many people, this procedure is a firm step toward better oral health.
Long Term Effect
Unlike over-the-counter whitening products, professional teeth whitening provides long-lasting results. You’ll be able to enjoy a bring smile and all the other perks that come with this procedure for many months or years. It can make a positive difference in your life and your interactions with others.
Teeth Whitening North York
A dedication to good oral hygiene is a lifelong commitment and so important for not only your dental health, but your overall health as well. Our Lawrence Park dental team is here to support you and/or your caregiver in maintaining your overall oral health
Your oral health matters to us and we strive to ensure our patients create healthy and lifelong habits. We invite you to visit us in office at Lawrence Park Dental, or call us at 416.488.7454 to speak with our team of experts at any time. We’d love to help you address your dental questions and concerns. It’s our job to keep you smiling… and we love it!