Is your smile looking a little dull in pictures? Do you find yourself hiding your teeth, instead smiling with your mouth closed to avoid the light of the camera hitting your yellowed molars? If your teeth are getting you down, there’s a solution that can take your mouth from dull and drab to shining and fab. Cosmetic Dentistry in St Louis offices offer the latest in teeth whitening technology to restore your pearly whites.
Discoloration of teeth occurs because each day a coating forms on the enamel of teeth. This pellicle coating has the ability to hold stains, a trait shared by pores in the enamel itself. Smoking, drinking dark liquids, and bad brushing habits stains the enamel, leading to yellow or discolored teeth. Another reason teeth lose their shine is that when you get older the enamel thins resulting in teeth that look duller.
Tooth whitening lightens teeth in an effort to remove stains and further discoloration. Current techniques can result in teeth becoming 5-6 shades lighter than they originally were. Whitening has its advantages and disadvantages, but many of the disadvantages only come into play when involves over-the-counter teeth whitening products that are not guaranteed to work. Getting your teeth whitened at a facility by a dental professional is guaranteed to increase your satisfaction with the whitening process and its results.
Professional bleaching techniques use more powerful bleach solutions than standard over-the-counter options. The solution has a much higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, making the process faster and giving you brighter teeth sooner. There’s no guessing when it comes to whitening in a dental office, so you can be assured that you will leave with a brighter smile and more confidence.
In-office procedures can also be combined with take-home kits to further your whitening process. Dentists can provide trays that seal your teeth from your gums, so you can safely use the whitening solution they administer. The solution can be worn at night for two weeks or longer, depending on your doctor’s instructions, to improve the lightening of your teeth and give them a shine they’ve never had before.
Over-the-counter whitening kits have the potential to cause damage to tissues in the mouth and around teeth. They can also result in sensitivity to certain foods and drinks. Safer options do not encourage damage to the teeth, as it is a dentist’s duty to ensure the health and safety of your pearly whites. If you already deal with sensitivity, then a dentist can perform an in-office whitening treatment that keeps your teeth from becoming more sensitive. Some treatments can even strengthen teeth and reduce any issues with sensitivity.
Stop hiding your smile behind your hands in photos and let your teeth shine. Teeth whitening is safe and effective, delivering noticeable results in as little as 30 minutes. Your teeth no longer have to be photoshopped whiter before you post them on social media. Restore your teeth to their original beauty and regain the confidence you once had with a smile that lights up the room.