Do you desire a whiter, brighter, more beautiful smile? If so, you are certainly not alone. That is why teeth whitening is currently the most requested cosmetic dental service in the United States. That is also why you see a lot television commercials advertising products that can help you achieve whiter teeth. From toothpastes to mouthwashes to whitening strips, there are a lot of products on the dental health aisles at grocery stores and drugstores today that claim to whiten your teeth. However, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends whitening your teeth under the supervision of a qualified dentist. This will protect your safety and help you achieve optimal results.
If your teeth are stained as a result of consuming foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine and berries, you may be able to achieve whiter teeth using a take-home whitening kit. These kits are available at most dental offices and contain whitening trays that can be worn over your teeth as well as a whitening solution to place in the tray. These types of whitening solutions can also be effective in whitening teeth that have become yellow and dingy due to the aging process.
If you desire a more immediate result, or if you have more severe tooth discoloration, you may be interested in an in-office tooth whitening solution. This tooth whitening technique utilizes a whitening solution that is placed on the teeth at a dental office. A special light is then used to set the process. This procedure can be completed within about an hour and can get teeth many shades lighter in just one office visit.
If your tooth discoloration is due to smoking, other tobacco use, trauma, or the result of medications you took as a child, you may need to pursue other cosmetic solutions. In this case, you can consider placing a cap over one or more teeth that are severely discolored. If all of your teeth are severely discolored, you can consider porcelain veneers to cover the teeth in the front that show when you smile.
A whiter smile can take years off of your appearance and give you greater confidence and self-esteem. If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile, contact a qualified cosmetic dentist in your local area today. After a thorough evaluation, a qualified dentist can recommend the tooth whitening solution that is best suited to your needs, your lifestyle and your budget.