Throughout every person’s life, a bit of dullness and discoloration is to be expected. We often look at this dulling of the smile like a normal part of aging. It’s not. To believe that you must accept stains and yellowing as a part of your aging process would be to miss out on feeling you’re most confident at any given point in time. That’s why we suggest the value of professional teeth whitening as a part of your beauty routine.
Why Dentist-Supervised Teeth Whitening is Best
Teeth whitening has become one of the most convenient treatments available today. Strips and toothpaste products are easy to find, but that doesn’t mean this approach is ideal for every person – or for any person. First, whitening toothpaste doesn’t remove stains from teeth. What happens when you use a whitening toothpaste is you gently abrade enamel’s surface. Whatever debris may be sitting on the outside of teeth is wiped away. The discoloration that causes widespread yellowing is not on the surface, though, it is inside the pores of enamel. The nature of stains calls for far-reaching bleach solutions. This calls for balance.
Most people can whiten their teeth without much disruption to comfort or daily life. That is when they have their dentist supervise the process. Professional teeth whitening doesn’t have to be directly supervised as in office-performed treatment. Many of our patients DIY their teeth whitening using a professional-grade kit prescribed by us. A benefit of professional grade home whitening is that you get to conduct treatment with short, daily sessions. This minimizes the chance of sensitivity. Another benefit of this approach is that results are achieved faster and with greater consistency from one tooth to another.
Professional teeth whitening includes a pre-treatment dental exam and, in many cases, a cleaning, as well. These two steps ensure the greatest comfort and optimal results, both of which are important to your overall experience.
Not many people consider professional teeth whitening as a vital part of beauty or anti-aging routine. However, a radiant smile is proven to make a face appear younger and friendlier. What more could we want as we age!
Learn more about in-office or home teeth whitening treatment from your St. Helens dentist. Call Hiebert Smith Dental Group at (503) 397-6144.