With so many teeth whitening products on the market these days, we wanted to ensure our readers are well informed on how to safely keep your pearly whites – white!
We understand ones desire for white teeth. It looks healthier, and actually takes years off of a persons smile when their teeth are a healthy shade of white. Teeth naturally darken with age, and their appearance can be affected by the accumulation of surface stains acquired from the use of tobacco products, red wine, coffee, and other colour-heavy foods and beverages.
Skin tone also has an affect on the appearance of how white your teeth appear. Independent of the real colour of their teeth, people with darker skin or who use dark makeup, will look like they have brighter teeth.
Although teeth are not naturally meant to be “completely” white, many clients we see at our [link url=http://myorthodontists.ca]Surrey Orthodontics[/link] office want a brighter, whiter smile.
The various products out there fall into two main categories: surface whiteners and bleaches.
Here are the differences:
These products remove surface stains on teeth. This category often falls under toothpastes or chewing gums. Because the special abrasives in these whitening products are usually only finer versions of what is used in regular toothpastes, they are unlikely to cause excessive tooth wear. However, the effectiveness of these products is limited to surface stains and should not be used as a substitute for professional teeth whitening products.
Most bleaching products are peroxide-based and are actually capable of altering the colours of the tooth itself. However, not all tooth discolourations respond to tooth-bleaching treatments. If you are considering bleaching your teeth, you should consult a professional first. This step is especially important for patients with fillings, root canal treatments, crowns and/or with extremely dark stains on the anterior teeth.
Once our clients have completed their orthodontic treatment, they often wish to whiten their teeth. You can consult with most, if not all family dentists, who have these teeth whitening options readily available!
If you have any questions or concerns, we are always here to help! Keep smiling 🙂