Posted by William on June 9, 2009
Everyone would like to have a whiter and more brilliant smile. Who wouldn’t? And a person who yearns for that perfect smile is willing to spend a small fortune and endure various treatments just to have white and brighter teeth. It is certainly worth the trouble. Your appearance becomes more attractive. You confidence will increase. Your oral hygiene habits will improve. However, there are also disadvantages such as the expense, so it is always a good idea to review the various pros and cons.
You will look better. This is a common goal amongst people who want their teeth whitened. White, bright teeth are highly prized in this world, where they are linked with beauty and a healthy lifestyle and where looks are paramount. When your teeth are whiter, you feel better about smiling.
Additionally, a whiter smile becomes the focal point of the face, drawing away attention from any wrinkles or other facial imperfections. And finally, whiter teeth helps you look friendlier than you did when your teeth were discolored or stained.
While tooth whitening procedures are extremely effective, there are several disadvantages, such as sore teeth and gums that may be experienced due to the bleaching treatment. This is temporary; once bleaching stops, the soreness goes away. This might occur when a person has a reaction to the bleaching chemical. Request that your dentist give you a different bleaching solution that does not cause an allergic reaction for you.
According to the results of clinical studies, teeth whitening is effective for over 78 percent of all patients who have had a particular procedure. But for those with severely discolored teeth for whom bleaching did not work, there may be more effective options. Veneers or crowns are a wise but more costly option.
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Posted by William on October 8, 2008
You can never seem to get your smile as white and bright as the smiles you see on the models in your favorite magazine, no matter how diligent you are with your dental care. But there are several easy ways to accomplish a brighter and whiter smile.
There are several different options available to whiten your teeth. This article will give you an overview of the options and the advantages and disadvantages of each one.
Dentist Office Treatments
Long lasting and highly effective advanced bleaching treatments can be administered in your dentist’s office. Ranging from $300 to $500, these treatments are quite expensive. If you can manage the cost, though, these treatments are more effective than most other methods.
Whitening Mouthwashes and Toothpastes
These treatments are not effective as dental office treatments, but they do produce results. However, you will not see the results right away. These treatments are most effective when trying to remove light to medium stains. As a preventative and maintenance measure, they work very well and they are also less costly than many other methods.
These days, just about all of the drug and grocery stores sell whitening strips, which can cost more than $40 depending on the quality. The less expensive strips work well when used continuously, while the higher-quality ones can provide results comparable to the results of a dental office treatment. You must apply the strips carefully to avoid developing visible stripes on your teeth. Increased tooth sensitivity may occur as a result of using whitening strips.
Brush-on Whitening Treatments
Brush-on treatments are a good option for people who are trying to whiten their teeth without spending a lot of money. A two-week kit is quite inexpensive, costing as little as $3 in some cases. Applying the gel evenly on your teeth can be difficult, and this is a very messy method of whitening. These treatments can also cause the user to wake up with very bad breath due to the product’s ingredients.
A Change in Diet
By staying away from substances known to cause stains, you can reduce the amount of whitening your teeth require and prevent any further staining of your teeth, no matter which whitening method you select. Tobacco products, coffee, tea and soda should all be avoided in order to prevent discoloration and any additional staining of your teeth.
In your quest for a beautiful white smile, be aware that there are many methods at your fingertips. No matter which whitening method you choose, remember that a change of diet combined with regular visits to your dentist will help you maintain a whiter, brighter smile.