Important Facts about Teeth Whitening

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					Important Facts about
Teeth Whitening
 Important Facts about Teeth Whitening

• Teeth lose their pearly white
  color in different people for a
  variety of reasons. For some it
  may occur because of vitamin
  or mineral loss that occurs with
  age while other people may
  get stains from drinking coffee
  or tea or from smoking
  cigarettes or cigars.
Important Facts about Teeth Whitening


                • Fortunately, a wide variety of teeth
                  whitening systems exist to help
                  bring back the brightness and
                  whiteness in stained or darkened
                  teeth. The following are some
                  important facts about this process.
                      It Takes Time

• Most people who undergo this
  process, whether via home
  whitening systems or those
  available at the dentist, are
  going to need more than one
  treatment to see significant
  results. If you begin whitening
  your teeth, you will likely
  notice some improvement
  after the first or second
  treatment.
It Takes Time

   • However, it usually takes daily
     treatments for weeks or even months
     using home treatments before
     complete results can be seen.
     Dentist treatments, while the least
     time-consuming, usually require
     several appointments before the
     patient achieves his or her desired
     results.
Dentist Treatments Are the Most Efficient


 • The treatments that you can get from a dentist provide the most
   efficient way to whiten teeth. Sessions last about 30 to 60
   minutes, and during a treatment session, your dentist will use a
   type of bleaching system not available for home treatments.
   Patients usually notice considerable improvement after the first
   session but most people tend to need several treatments to get
   their teeth to the level of white they want.
Home Treatments Are the Most Cost-
    Effective But Take Longer
• Several different types of home
  treatment are available, and you can
  find most of them at grocery stores,
  department stores, and pharmacy
  and health and beauty stores. In-
  home treatment products typically
  cost under $50. The most common
  types are toothpastes, rinses, strips
  and trays. Strips and trays offer a
  more potent concentration of the
  whitening compound, and treatments
  usually last anywhere from a half
  hour to a few hours.
Home Treatments Are the Most Cost-
    Effective But Take Longer


              • Strips get worn for about a half hour
                twice daily for two weeks. Trays get
                worn for several hours per day for
                about a month. Toothpastes and
                rinses only get used for a couple of
                minutes a few times a day but can
                take around 3 months to show
                dramatic results.
        The Effects Are Not Permanent


• Depending on the method of
  treatment, results last for
  approximately four to six months,
  although results will vary
  considerably from person to
  person. The type of foods and
  beverages you consume as well
  as whether or not you smoke will
  influence the amount of time
  your teeth stay white.
A Few Warnings

     • Some people should not attempt
       whitening their teeth because of
       potential risk factors. This includes
       pregnant women and people with
       sensitive teeth or gums. People with
       health problems like gum disease,
       exposed roots or worn enamel,
       since the process can exacerbate
       those issues.
                    A Few Warnings




• Also, people with very stained teeth or who have smoked for a long
  time will experience whitening but will most likely not get a “pearly
  white” smile after one or even several sets of treatments.
         Further Reading…

• Dr. Bruce Fletcher is a leading cosmetic
  dentist in London, Ontario. Visit us today
  at http://www.thedentist.ca for more
  information about the process of teeth
  whitening.

				
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Description: Dr. Bruce Fletcher is a leading cosmetic dentist in London, Ontario. Visit us today at http://www.thedentist.ca for more information about the process of teeth whitening.
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