Teeth whitening is a non invasive dental procedure that can enhance your appearance providing a smile makeover that is economical and very effective. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will provide you with all the information needed to decide if teeth whitening is the right treatment for you.
There are several things to keep in mind when considering teeth whitening. If you anticipate any additional cosmetic dental work like veneers or crowns, teeth whitening should be completed first. This will allow your cosmetic dentist to match your porcelain restoration(s) to your newly lightened teeth shade.
If you want to maximize your teeth whitening experience, there are certain foods and beverages that are known to contribute to teeth discoloration that you can limit or avoid:
Red wine, coffee, tea, colas … these beverages can stain your dentition. You can help prevent that by sipping cold drinks through a straw. This allows much of the beverage to bypass your teeth. Plan to brush or rinse teeth thoroughly following consumption.
Foods like berries, tomato based sauces, dark sauces like soy, and foods that contain bright food colors (like grape popsicles, for instance) … these and many other foods can discolor your teeth. Brushing following your meal is recommended.
Lifestyle habits like smoking and tobacco use are very damaging to your teeth in more ways than just dental stain. Individuals that use tobacco are much more likely to develop gum disease and be faced with tooth loss; oral cancer is more likely with tobacco users.
Consider where you acquire your teeth whitening products. You may find your local drugstore or market has teeth whitening products available for less than what your dentist offers. But all teeth whitening is not the same. Products purchased locally or online could very well be a waste of your time and money.
Your cosmetic dentist is a licensed professional so you are obtaining completely tested and safe products with a proven track record. Additionally, your dentist is able to address any questions or concerns you may have before, during, or after you have undergone teeth whitening.
Once you have achieved your desired level of whitening, you can maintain it by brushing every day with a toothpaste recommended by your dentist. Teeth whitening touch-up kits are available, if needed, to help maintain your newly brightened smile.