Dull, discolored smiles can be a real drain on a person’s self confidence, due to the negative effect staining can have on their appearance. However, through the use of teeth whitening treatments available through a cosmetic dentist, a dazzling smile can once again be attained.
Some lower-end tooth whitening treatments, such as formulated toothpastes and over-the-counter kits can deliver patchy results. While they may be suitable for superficial or light staining, their ‘one-size-fits-all’ action may not be suitable for a particular patient’s needs.
Over-the-counter kits may have a formulation that is too weak, or too strong; while applicator trays may not provide an adequate or comfortable fit.
More thorough treatments are available through a cosmetic dentist. The dentist can evaluate and recommend a treatment to best suit the patient’s desired result. This can be achieved through an at-home kit, that includes the right strength bleaching solution to achieve the results, as well as a custom fitted applicator to ensure the best contact possible.
Tooth whitening treatments can take several weeks for results to become apparent, and are largely dependent on the level of staining. For those in a hurry to see results, however, many cosmetic dentists offer same-day tooth whitening through treatments such as Zoom! tooth whitening, which involves the use of special light-activated gels.
Teeth whitening treatment is a safe solution to the problem stained teeth, and is largely suitable to everyone who desires to improve the look of their smile. While most stains are caused by the consumption of dark food and drink, and tobacco, there are some instances where medicines such as tetracycline can also cause discoloration below the surface of the teeth. As tooth enamel is semi-translucent, this discoloration can shine through, making the teeth appear dull.
As such, normal tooth-whitening treatments are less effective against those stains that are caused by medicines or fluorosis.
And of course, tooth whitening is not a permanent solution to staining; it is important that those who undergo whitening treatments continue to maintain the treatments at regular intervals in order to keep their smile looking its best, as regular habits and consumption can compromise the results of whitening.
To learn more about your teeth whitening options, contact the office of Dr. Daniel C. Bush at 817-465-0355 and schedule your personal consultation today.