Keeping our teeth their whitest is a lot harder than it sounds. With all the coffee, wine, soda, sweets, smoking and other foods that have the ability to stain our teeth, its difficult to maintain a white smile. Even daily maintenance sometimes leaves your teeth a little lackluster. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color.
Many teeth whitening systems and products are available over the counter, including whitening toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, rinses, strips, and trays. Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, un-restored teeth and gums. Individuals with yellow tones to their teeth typically respond best. This cosmetic procedure however is not recommended for everyone. It is best to ask your dentist if whitening is right for you.
In-office bleaching provides the quickest way to whiten teeth. The whitening product is applied directly to the teeth and may be used in combination with heat, a special light, and/or a laser. Results are often seen in only one, 30 to 60 minute treatment. To achieve dramatic results, however, several appointments are usually needed.