Teeth whitening is a treatment to get your teeth to return back to their natural color. It will not make a complete change of color but will rather lighten the current shade. Teeth can be stained on the surface via food and drinks, for example coffee, tea or red wine. As you grow older teeth can become darker naturally. Tartar or tooth decay can change the color of teeth, and staining can occur below the surface, this may be caused by micro fractures in the teeth or antibiotics. Some staining can also occur because of medicine or disease. Note that caps, crowns, veneers, fillings, or dentures will not be helped by professional teeth whitening, as it is only effective on natural teeth. Teeth whitening is not a permanent solution and requires maintenance or touch-up for a prolonged effect. According to the FDA, the term bleaching is permitted to be used only when the teeth can be whitened beyond their natural color. This applies strictly to products that contain bleach, typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The term whitening, on the other hand, refers to restoring a tooth's surface color by removing dirt and debris. So any product that cleans (like a toothpaste) is considered a whitener. Of course, the term whitening sounds better than bleaching, so it is more frequently used, even when describing products that contain bleach. People who expose their teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as one month. Those who avoid foods and beverages that stain may be able to wait one year or longer before another whitening treatment or touch-up is needed. Studies of teeth whitening products using 10% carbamide peroxide showed little to no effect on the hardness or mineral content of a tooth's enamel surface. Do teeth whiteners damage existing dental restorations? Over 10 years of clinical use of teeth whitening products containing 10% carbamide peroxide have not shown any damage to existing fillings. Teeth whitening is much safer and more cost effective. When you have to settle for a teeth whitening method, you need to consider a number of things. Firstly, you need to see to the kind of stain you have on your teeth. If the yellowness or stains are of mild nature, you should opt for products such as whitening toothpastes, gels, or strips. Teeth whitening have become the need of the day. Countless people suffer from discoloration of the teeth which results from many causes. The treatments or products you make use of to get rid of these stains and yellowness are called teeth whitening systems. The main lure of this type of home teeth whitening is their simplicity of use. They're easy to apply and no preparation is necessary. Again, everybody loves shortcuts, right? Unfortunately, once again that's exactly the type of teeth whitening you end up getting. Strips that stick on your teeth usually consist of an upper strip and a lower strip each pressed against the outer surface of your teeth. Are your teeth completely flat? of course not - they have recesses and grooves, particularly between each tooth. Well imagine you're painting a fence, and you just slapped paint on the outside, without taking the time to paint the grooves between each wooden board. That fence would look pretty funny wouldn't it? Nicely painted on the outside, but in the grooves between each wooden board, still dark and dingy, with all of the old paint showing. Teeth whitening is through the help of over the counter products that ensure a flashier smile. All you need is ask that trusty saleslady to give you those teeth whitening paraphernalia. Dental whitener kits consists of a mouthpiece, a bleaching agent and sometimes an applicator. This is a diy method that could easily be done at the comforts of your home sweet home. This home teeth whitening is carried out through wearing the mouthpiece, filling it with the bleaching agent and wearing it overnight. Availing a fitted mouthpiece is often recommended since it produces better results. A formula that contains 15% to 16% of carbamide peroxide is said to be the safest and most effective concentration to achieve that sunny smile. But it is important to know that some teeth discolorations are more stubborn than others. So, results may really vary depending on the resistance of your teeth discoloration. This kind of teeth whitening method is the least expensive. A recently presented procedure is laser teeth whitening. From being first developed by nasa scientists, it has become the favorite teeth whitening method of dentists. Why did it win the dentists' preference, you ask? Simply because it's less time- consuming as two hours will be enough for the treatment and no follow-up treatment is really that necessary. Dentists seek the help of a peroxide solution to breeze through this teeth whitening process. Then the whitening process will be accelerated with the use of laser. Your dentist will first clean your teeth and any plaque present, before starting the laser teeth whitening process. After the dentist has made your teeth ready, he will apply a peroxide gel of professional strength, and then he will use the laser light to start the teeth whitening. It is the laser that speeds up the whitening process. Depending on the discoloration and stain of your teeth, the gel and laser process may be repeated several times. The process will take about an hour, and at the end of it, your teeth will be whiter by about 9-10 shades. One point you have to remember is that the life of laser teeth whitening is limited, like the other teeth whitening processes. You will have to go in for further sessions at intervals of 2-3 years; this again depends on the level of dental care you maintain, and what you will be eating and drinking during this period, in order to maintain the laser treated bright teeth and smile. If you have in mind other forms of cosmetic dentistry treatment, be sure to go in for laser teeth whitening first. Prosthetic teeth like bridges, crowns, dental veneers and tooth implants will not bleach; so unless you have your own teeth whitened first, it might ruin the natural look of your prosthetic teeth. If your teeth are sensitive, tray based teeth whitening products might not be such a good idea, as these require repeated applications of the bleaching substance. Click here to learn about a teeth whitening business opportunity.
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