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Almost everyone covets an attractive smile. To be specific, 99.7 percent of adults consider their smile to be a key to social success, according to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Unfortunately for your smile, teeth can become discolored as you age for a variety of reasons, such as poor oral care, drinking tea or coffee, or for environmental reasons. Additionally, wine, berries, carbonated drinks and a variety of sauces can also stain your teeth. In many cases, however, you can whiten your teeth safely and effectively, with the help of your dentist.
Bleach Your Teeth with Peroxide
Removing deep stains, below a tooth's surface, requires a bleaching product that contains peroxides, such as carbamide. When applied, the carbamide peroxide breaks down into the main active bleaching ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, plus urea.
After consulting with your dentist and selecting a tooth-whitening plan, you'll receive treatment during one or more office visits. The dentist or hygienist will typically apply a gel containing about 15 to 43 percent hydrogen peroxide.
What to Expect from Your Teeth-Bleaching Treatment
Techniques vary, but you may receive a heat or laser light treatment after the gel is applied, to reduce the time it takes for the gel to work, or to help it work more efficiently. The dentist will also provide some type of shield or protection to keep the peroxide off of your gums. Teeth-whitening appointments typically last 30 to 60 minutes. When your treatment ends, your dentist will advise you on how to take care of your teeth to maintain their newfound whiteness.
Alternatively, you can purchase over-the-counter products designed to bleach your teeth. Although these home remedies are likely to be less expensive than in-office treatments, dentists can use stronger materials and can help you avoid or minimize unpleasant side effects of the process, such as making your teeth more sensitive or injuring your gums. Temporary sensitivity and gum irritation can also occur when you receive treatment from a dentist, but the effects typically subside once the treatments end.
Even if you decide to try an at-home bleaching product, the ADA recommends that you speak with your dentist first, to make sure that bleaching is safe for your teeth and dental work. A dentist can also tell you whether whitening products are likely to brighten up your teeth.
So if you're not satisfied with your smile, call your dentist, one like George S Cochran DDS, before running to the drug store, to make certain that you understand all of your treatment options.