Teeth whitening is one of the most sought after cosmetic procedures in dentistry. It’s easy to understand the appeal of teeth whitening. After all, who doesn’t want whiter, brighter teeth? But, without understanding the pros and cons of teeth bleaching, it can be difficult to make an informed decision about whether or not to whiten. Here are the facts about teeth bleaching, so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you. SHOP NOW
What Is Teeth Bleaching?
Teeth bleaching is a common procedure in cosmetic dentistry that uses whitening products (generally containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as bleaching agents) to make your teeth appear whiter and brighter. Your dentist can whiten your teeth in the office, or you can choose at-home whitening products such as gels and strips. Shop our whitening kit here
Pros of Teeth Bleaching
The benefits of whitening your teeth are mainly cosmetic. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that 96 percent of adults believe attractive smiles make members of the opposite sex more appealing, and 74 percent of adults think unattractive smiles hinder employment success. The confidence that often comes with a whiter smile is another key benefit of whitening your teeth.
When to Avoid It
While whitening your teeth does have cosmetic benefits, it isn’t for everybody. Teeth bleaching can often be expensive and doesn’t work on all types of tooth discoloration. The ADA notes that whitening agents aren’t effective on veneers, fillings, crowns, and caps and likely won’t work for discoloration that is brown, gray or caused by injury or medication. That’s why it’s important to check with your dentist before spending money on teeth bleaching products. Book your 30-minute session.
The Bottom Line
How to Maintain Your Good Results
Once you have used our whitening products, there are things you can do to prevent stains and keep your smile as bright as possible:
- Practice good dental hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and seeing us for your routine cleanings
- Be aware of major stain culprits, such as red wine, tomato-based foods, energy drinks, tea and coffee
- Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking so that stain causers don’t sit on your teeth
- Don’t smoke