Over the years, your teeth have been stained by the food that you’ve eaten. So now, it’s time for teeth whitening!
If you wonder why you need it, the answer is, it simply improves the aesthetics of your smile and your overall look. After all, you look the best when you smile; so why not invest a little in that smile and look a little better?
Isn’t there a cheaper alternative?
Do not rely on cheaper at-home kits, unless recommended by your dentist. Most of the time, they produce inconsistent results and take far too long. With professional teeth whitening, not only is the outcome immediate, but you also get a perfectly consistent white set of teeth!
How is it done?
- First, the dentist will use some reference shades to record the shade of your teeth. This will help the dentist to properly figure out how much your teeth have to be whitened, thereby helping him/her to concentrate the whitening solution accordingly.
- Since the whitening agent best works on dry surfaces, your teeth will be cleaned and polished. To keep your teeth dry, a gauze pad may also be placed in your mouth for a while. Your teeth may also be cleaned to wipe off the plaque that is present in your mouth. Plaque reduces the efficiency of the whitening agent.
- After your teeth have been cleaned and dried, the dentist would proceed to whiten them. Generally, a bleaching agent is used in the whitening solution. This bleaching agent is most commonly hydrogen peroxide. The dentist would coat your teeth with the solution and leave it there for a while. This solution goes deep within and fights off the stains from there, thereby providing naturally white teeth.
- The dentist would then brush your teeth to get rid of any residue of the solution that might have been left behind from the whitening session. Following this, your mouth will be thoroughly rinsed and dried.
- In the final step, the dentist would give you a fluoride treatment. In this, your teeth will be brushed with fluoride varnish. Fluoride helps in retaining the white color of the teeth and also prevents plaque from forming on your teeth anytime soon. And that is all that you’ll go through to whiten your teeth.
Remember that not all teeth can be whitened. This is the reason why you must consult your dentist before deciding to whiten your teeth. According to Mouth Healthy,
“...yellow teeth will probably bleach well, brown teeth may not respond as well and teeth with gray tones may not bleach at all. Whitening will not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings. It also won’t be effective if your tooth discoloration is caused by medications or a tooth injury.”
However, if you are someone who can get teeth whitening, it’s surely worth a try! If you still think it’s not worth your money, why not try free teeth whitening?