Having a beautiful white smile can help you feel more confident and look years younger. In order to keep a sparkling smile, you can whiten your teeth whenever they start to look yellowed or dingy. There are many ways to whiten your teeth, both professionally and using over the counter products.
How Do Teeth Become Stained?
Over time, teeth darken due to aging, pigmented or acidic foods (such as coffee and wine), smoking, and injury. You can often prevent tooth stains by avoiding certain foods and drinks, brushing your teeth after you eat, and going to the dentist regularly. But over time, most of us will still see our teeth yellow considerably.
Over the Counter
Many people choose to whiten their teeth using over the counter methods. Unfortunately, over the counter whitening products are not always effective and they can take a long time to achieve desired results. They are great if you have a lot of time to whiten your teeth, or you only want to lighten your teeth a few shades.
- Toothpastes: One of the most common tooth whitening products on the market, they normally contain ingredients like silica to help scrub off stains.
- Whitening Strips: These are placed on the teeth, and cost about $15-$30 a box. They contain active ingredients such as peroxide to remove stains.
- Trays: These are meant to hold whitening gel against your teeth for long enough that it can take effect.
- Rinses: Whitening rinses are normally the least effective whitening technique. Most rinses contain hydrogen peroxide as their active ingredient, but only come into contact with the teeth for a short time.
Visiting a Boston cosmetic dentist for a professional teeth whitening will be more effective and faster than using over the counter products, since the products we use are more concentrated than what you can find in a store. Over-the-counter options are also one-size-fits-all, while professional products are custom made to fit your mouth and your situation. Over the counter whitening trays fit loosely in the mouth and often irritate the gums, while a custom-made tray is fitted specifically to your bite to minimize irritation. To take advantage of these benefits, contact us today to set up your whitening appointment.