How often have you looked in the mirror and shuddered at your yellow, stained teeth? These unsightly teeth affect your appearance and self esteem. Not only do these stained teeth affect your smile, often making you look less attractive and even older than your actual age, they also can make it difficult for you to smile with confidence. There are several whitening products on the market, and even some simple home whitening recipes. If you want a safe, natural looking smile, than cosmetic dentistry may be the right choice for you.
Over the counter and home whitening agents:
Anyone can purchase some of the over the counter whitening products. These products can range from toothpastes, stripes, and mouth rinses. While some of these products may gradually whiten your teeth slightly, they will not make a noticeable difference in your smile. Even the whitening stripes that promise whiter teeth in as little as two weeks, do not make a noticeable difference. Home remedies include a peroxide, and baking soda mixture. While this home remedy does manage to whiten the teeth, it also can cause permanent damage to the teeth. The permanent teeth while whiter, are also thinner with an almost transparent appearance.
Cosmetic whitening is similar to using the home whitening products, with only slight differences. Unlike the over the counter whiteners, professional whitening uses stronger whitening agents. Along with the stronger chemicals used, the rest of the mouth including the gums are protected. Cosmetic dental whitening also does not thin or weaken the tooth enamel. Usually, only the front eight teeth are whitened on the first visit providing a good start for a beautiful smile.
Another popular professional whitening method is having veneers fixed to your teeth. Veneers are an ultra thin custom made porcelain laminate that is bonded directly unto the teeth. While this method of whitening is more costly and time consuming, it can be the best option for teeth suffering from severe discoloration. The veneers are also considered a more permanent solution for whiter teeth.
Choosing a dentist:
Tooth discoloration can be a result of many different causes. Especially high fevers as small children can lead to discoloration in adult teeth, smoking, drinking tea and coffee, the list can go on endlessly. No matter what the cause, the result of unsightly yellow teeth is the same. Afraid to smile in public, low self esteem, or just wanting to look younger, cosmetic teeth whitening is a safe, affordable solution.
When you are ready to make the decision to have your teeth professionally whitened, there are a few things to look for in your cosmetic dentist. The most important thing to look for in your dentist is to make sure that they are a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. This will ensure your dentist is able to safely and professionally improve the appearance of your teeth. Another tip, is to check the testimonials of other patients. In the Valley area, Dr Kass is an excellent choice for any of your dentistry needs. The skill and professional appearance of Dr. Kass’ cosmetic surgeries leaves patients with the feeling and appearance of having received the best in dental care.