The Secret to Whiter Teeth

The ads on TV make tooth whitening seem pretty easy to do, but is it really that simple? Ask yourself if anything is as easy as it looks on TV and you’ll have your answer. The truth is that a whiter smile probably doesn’t start happening in the toothpaste aisle at the drug store. Here’s the low-down on the most commonly used ways to whiten your smile.

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpastes are magical! No really, they actually use an optical illusion to give the appearance of whiter teeth. Most of them contain a chemical called blue covarine that just diminishes the appearance of yellowness without actually doing anything to change the colour of your teeth.teeth

Whitening toothpastes may also contain abrasives that can wear down tooth enamel over time. For temporary results, you may not find it worth the risk.

Over-the-Counter Tooth Whiteners

Next up, but still in the drug store, are over-the-counter whitening strips, gels or trays. They’re a little more effective than whitening toothpaste because they sit on the teeth for a while to get a little bit below the surface. Some results are visible within about two weeks, but it would take months of continuous use to get the best results.

That’s a really long time, and without perfect use it can take even longer. You also have to spend 30 minutes with goopy gel sitting on your teeth, twice a day, every day. It’s a lot of effort for small, incremental rewards.

Professional Tooth Whitening

Professional tooth whitening at our dental office is the fastest way to whiter teeth. You still have to spend 60 minutes with goopy gel sitting on your teeth, but dramatic results can be seen after only one visit. And in combination with our free custom whitening trays, you can have your whitest smile in just a few weeks, which seems a lot more reasonable than several months!

Care and Maintenance of Whiter Teeth

Most tooth discoloration is caused by staining that happens in your daily life. Some of the biggest culprits of staining are tea, coffee and red wine. Your newly-whitened teeth will last longer if you’re able to avoid the usual suspects altogether, but you might not have much to smile about without your morning coffee. Instead, try adding in another brushing session at lunch to remove stains before they get a chance to set. Remember to always drink plenty of water – yes to stay hydrated – but also to give your teeth a rinse and help prevent stains.

A whiter smile can be yours after only a couple of visits to our office. Give us a call today to get started!

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