There is much to be said for preventative dental care practices that happen at home and are supplemented with routine dental exams. Brushing twice per day and flossing at least once per day helps to remove plaque buildup and keeps your smile bright. Routine dental exams only complement the work done at home and can additionally prevent dental health mishaps. So, if you’re doing the work and you’re still finding your teeth a little lackluster, a teeth whitening treatment can do wonders for your smile.
Teeth stains are the pits — they age us and make us self-conscious of the most natural act, smiling. How and why does teeth staining occur? Teeth stains are two-fold: there is extrinsic staining and intrinsic staining.
- Extrinsic stains – These types of stains are on the surface of the enamel and are often caused by food and drink, including coffee, wine, and soda, and lifestyle choices, like smoking.
- Intrinsic stains – These stains come from within the tooth — the dentin — and can cause staining from too much fluoride, the use of antibiotics (or exposure to them in utero), and tooth trauma.
As with most things, with time and age, stains can become worse or more pronounced.
There are many lifestyle factors you can adjust to prevent stains from getting worse, like avoiding teeth staining food and beverages or using a straw with them, and quitting smoking. But, what do you do when you’ve reached your wit’s end and require teeth whitening? Do you go with the ol’ DIY method you saw in the media, or go straight to the dentist for teeth whitening?
DIY whitening methods
People are drawn to at-home whitening methods because they’re easy, cost-effective, and convenient. You can find DIY teeth whitening treatments in big box stores ,and they’re usually in the form of whitening toothpastes, whitening rinses, trays and whitening gels, or whitening strips.
Trays, whitening gels, and strips are effective because they are worn on the tooth’s surface, and this whitens your teeth fairly quickly, while the toothpastes and rinses may be more for preventive measures, as they take a good length of time to see benefits.
Other methods, such as brushing with fresh strawberries, activated charcoal, and oil pulling are out there, but how effective they are has yet to be seen. If you happen to be in a pinch and don’t have time to schedule an appointment, DIY treatments are beneficial.
Professional teeth whitening
A professional teeth whitening in our Sarasota Springs office is personalized to each patient. There are custom-fitted trays and a professional — the dentist — performs the procedure. Because this cosmetic dentistry teeth whitening procedure is happening in a dentist’s office, stronger solutions are available to address advanced staining. Additionally, a dentist has the option of using a light or heat source, which speeds up the process and gives better, longer-lasting results than DIY treatments.
Before choosing a teeth whitening method, it always helps to check with a dentist to see if there are any issues that you should be aware of.
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At Saratoga Springs Dentist, you can intrust your smile to us. We would love to help create a beautiful and brilliant whiter smile for you today!