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The Benefits of Teeth Whitening Treatments

Teeth whitening treatments are rather popular nowadays. One of the reasons is because it is one of the most economical ways to significantly improve the color of your teeth while keeping potential side effects down to a minimum.

The color of a person's teeth is one of the first things other people notice when they interact. Badly stained and discolored teeth always appear dirty even when they have just been cleaned. That often leads to people thinking those with stained teeth have poor hygiene.

The assumptions that are often made about people based on their teeth leaves those with discolored and stained teeth constantly feeling self-conscious when they have to smile or interact with others. This can negatively affect the person's personal and professional life.


There are two main types of treatments when it comes to making teeth appear whiter: over-the-counter and professional treatments. The former refers to products that can be purchased at local grocery stores. Some of these products can be used to effectively whiten teeth over a period of a few months, but it should be noted that these products are not as concentrated or as powerful as the type of bleaching agents used by dentists.

A professional whitening treatment is one performed by a dentist. The solutions used for these treatments produce significantly better results than their over-the-counter rivals. The American Academy for Cosmetic Dentistry states that a single whitening session can make teeth appear up to 10 shades whiter.


Whitening treatments can be harsh on teeth enamel, so the first thing most dentists do is perform an evaluation to ensure the patient's oral health is actually good enough for it. The dentist will then take an impression of the patient's mouth, and the dimensions are sent to a laboratory where a customized whitening tray is made.

Whitening trays serve an important purpose: to prevent bleaching agents from getting into the gums and other soft tissue areas and irritating them. Over-the-counter whiteners often come with trays as well, but since these are not customized for the individual who will be using them, they are not as effective.

Dentists sometimes use whitening agents that are activated with ultraviolet light. A few professional whitening sessions are all most people need to end up with significantly whiter teeth. These treatments can be very effective when it comes to removing common types of stains and discoloration caused by smoking, drinking coffee or consuming red wine.


The journey does not end once a patient has pearly white teeth. New stains and discoloration will eventually begin to accumulate, so maintenance treatments are needed to keep teeth looking their best. Patients can also use whitening toothpaste to help maintain their teeth's white appearance.

Ready to restore the color of your teeth? Schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists today!


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