We are really a vain society, but we are becoming increasingly more concerned about our appearance. The cosmetics industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that is devoted to mostly to appearance. The smile is perhaps one of the most popular facets that are used to describe a person’s emotional outlook, and the most important component of the smile is the teeth.
It is no surprise that tooth whitening is becoming increasingly popular as it draws attention to the smile, and everyone covets a bright and engaging smile. In the most cases, tooth whitening is done for aesthetic reasons, as a way of improving the appearance, however, some people have naturally dark teeth, which can cause embarrassment and lower self-esteem.
Your dentist may be in a position to actually improve the quality of your life, with a simple and non-invasive procedure that can be completed within a few minutes. Teeth can also become discolored with consumption of heavily pigmented foods. Products such as nicotine, coffee, and red wine can stain the teeth and they may also become discolored, simply with aging.
Tooth whitening, when done properly is perfectly safe and does not harm the tooth. There are a few alternative treatments to tooth whitening that may achieve the same purpose, however, they may be most costly, and require longer-term treatment and on-going maintenance, while tooth whitening can be done whenever it may be required.
Tooth whitening was originally a complex procedure that was performed only by a dentist, but the procedure has been reduced to simplified and safe process that can be performed at home. You can determine how often you wish to use the product and the results that you wish to achieve. The procedure involves the use of specially constructed trays that contain the whitening paste and are worn as little or as often as you decide. Improved shades in the tooth are usually seen in about two weeks.
As long as the tray fit comfortably around the teeth, the treatment can be repeated as often as is desired. The whitening paste used is also safe and has no effect on restorations such as crowns or white fillings.
Your dentist is also able to provide in-house power whitening, where results may be noticed after a single application. This procedure relies on the use of an intense light source to chemically activate the whitening process after the paste has been applied to the teeth. Because of the chemical activation from the intense light, the procedure is performed in the control environment of the dentist’s office.
Some precautionary measures may also necessary, and the procedure may not be suitable for everyone. Patients are usually chosen through careful pre-operative questioning. The lips face and other soft tissue should be protected with lip balm and sunblock. The soft tissues of the oral cavity should also be protected to avoid irritation. The period of time over which the whitening lasts will depend on the dietary and smoking habits of the patient.