Posted on: 15 April 2015Share
Your teeth come in various natural shades of white. This white color may darken over time due to exposure to agents that stain your teeth. One of the biggest components responsible for tooth discoloration is exposure to excessive amounts of fluoride. Other causes could be your diet, drinks such as coffee and tea can darken your teeth, smoking, tooth decay and other dental diseases.
White teeth create a beautiful and bright smile, and since it enhances your appearance, it improves your confidence. The following are some of the ways you can whiten your teeth.
Whitening toothpaste is specially constituted with whitening agents or bleaching agents that work towards brighter shades of teeth over time. The efficacy of this method depends on the quality of the brand that you buy. This method of teeth whitening is suitable for people with mild discoloration especially dietary or smoking related.
Strips & Gels
Strips and gels that whiten teeth are also available from most drug stores. These products may be recommended by a dentist or bought over-the-counter. These gels and strips have peroxide based whitening agents that you can use once or twice a day to brighten your teeth. Instructions on how to use these products vary depending on the strength of the peroxide so you need to be careful when using these products.
If you are looking for quick and effective methods of teeth whitening, you should consider in-office tooth whitening services. A dentist carries out the tooth whitening process by applying the bleaching agent directly on the teeth. The results are usually visible in a matter of minutes. Depending on the cause of discoloration, the following are some of the in-house whitening procedures:
Bonding: dentists can carry out bonding when the decay causing discolorations is much deeper than just the surface of the teeth. Bonding involves applying enamel like substance over the surface of the teeth. The substance is applied while workable and shaped around the original tooth then allowed to dry.
Laser whitening: the dentists can also use laser light to activate chemical bleaching agents on the surface of the tooth. This method is suitable when the darkening is only on the surface of the tooth. The dentist protects the gum from the bleaching agent using a rubber barrier, applies the chemical agent all over the surface of the tooth and uses the laser light to activate it. This procedure can take about 30 minutes with immediate results.