It seems that everyone is doing it these days. We are talking about teeth whitening, and it is easy to see why this process has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today. After all, who wouldnít want to see those unsightly yellow stains go away for good Ė or at least for a long time? It is easy to get a
Hollywood smile today, and some of us only have to go as far as the neighborhood drugstore to get it. But how can you be sure that one of the whitening products is going to work effectively for you?
The truth is that teeth whitening may be for many of us, but it is unfortunately not for all of us. There are certain circumstances that will prevent you from obtaining the bright smile that you desire, and by understanding those circumstances, you can avoid the cost and disappointment of a procedure that will not work. For example, teeth with dark brown or blue-grey stains may not see much change when using a bleaching product. It is also not safe for women who are pregnant, kids under the age of 16, and folks who are suffering from gum disease to use one of these substances. If you fall into any of these categories, it is highly possible that teeth whitening procedures will not be a good choice for you.
If you do not meet any of the above criteria, you may very well benefit from some type of teeth whitening. To ensure that your procedure will be successful, it is best to make an appointment with your dentist to ensure that the type of discoloration that you have will respond well to a bleaching process. This is true whether you are going to have your dentist perform a professional whitening treatment, or if you are going to pick up an over the counter product at your local grocery store. While you are at your dentistís office, it is a good idea to have a professional cleaning done, since clean teeth will be able to accept the whitening substance much more effectively.
Finally, it is best to go into this whitening process with realistic expectations, to avoid any possible disappointment at the outcome. Keep in mind that professional treatments will be much more costly and will often require multiple appointments at your dentistís office. However, the results will by much more dramatic in most cases, and the whitening will last longer. Over the counter options are good choices for those on a tight budget. These kits are usually very easy to use, safe for the majority of folks, and inexpensive to purchase. The down side is that the process doesnít go as many shades whiter as a professional treatment, and will have to be repeated more often. If you have a good idea what to expect from your whitening treatment, you will be much more likely to be satisfied with the results that you see.
A brighter smile may indeed be only a trip to the drugstore or the dentistís office away. If you are unsure whether whitening will give you the results you want, talk to your dentist for more information.