Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in the world, and it’s easy to see why. It’s fast, easy, and can make a big difference in your appearance. During an in-office teeth whitening, a peroxide gel is applied to your teeth. The active ingredient in the whitening gel, hydrogen peroxide, breaks down into tiny oxygen bubbles that penetrate stains on and in your tooth enamel. Oxygen molecules from the whitening gel react with discolored molecules in teeth to whiten your smile.
If you do a quick Google search for “teeth-whitening products,” you’ll find dozens of over-the-counter whitening kits that you can find at your local drugstore or grocery store. But should you use them? The wrong whitening product could cause your teeth to become very sensitive or even permanently damaged. It’s better to see your dentist, as they would suggest the right treatment method to attain a bright smile.
Discoloration and stains on your teeth can be caused by a number of things, including tobacco use, drinking coffee, eating dark-colored foods, drinking red wine, and aging. All of these factors can stain the enamel of your teeth, causing your smile to look discolored and yellowed.
The good news is that you can easily whiten your smile at home using over-the-counter whitening strips or gels. Some products are even designed to be worn overnight. The ADA also recommends that all patients should have their teeth examined first by their dentists before they attempt to achieve any whitening results from an over-the-counter product to ensure there are no underlying issues present that could worsen with further use of these products.
There are also many professional options that can drastically brighten the color of your smile. For instance, you can opt for in-office whitening, which is a quick procedure that uses a specially designed-light to activate the gel used in your treatment. You can also opt for a take-home kit that uses custom-made trays and professional-strength bleaching gel to whiten your smile in the comfort of your own home.
No matter what option you choose, it’s important to have your treatment done under the supervision of a dentist to ensure that it’s safe for you. Your dentist can also examine your smile and recommend which treatment option is right for you.
Find out more about oral health by scheduling an appointment at the Rio Rancho Family Dental Care clinic. Call us at (505) 891-4510 or drop in at our dental office, located at 4041 Ridge Rock Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.