What Determines Your Tooth Shade?
Research and studies show that your smile is one first features that people notice about you, and that smiling can actually affect your brain chemistry by stimulating your reward mechanisms. Does your smile represent you well? Do you use it as often as you’d like? Have you considered professional teeth whitening?
Despite the many health benefits of smiling, it’s all-too common for people to hide their smiles due to missing teeth, imperfections in structure and discoloration. Teeth can become discolored due to three discoloration factors; extrinsic discoloration, which is caused by surface staining agents like beverages, tobacco use and other lifestyle choices, intrinsic discoloration, the changing color of dentin and age-related discoloration due to thinning enamel and dentin discoloration. Enamel is, by nature whiter than dentin– therefore maintaining your dental health and protecting the enamel on your teeth is important in keeping them white.
A Bright, White Smile for Everyone!
In recent years, the introduction of over-the-counter whitening properties in toothpastes, rinses and whitening strips have made a bright white smile attainable for just about anyone. These at-home whitening solutions offer less powerful ingredients that work gradually to remove most surface stains on teeth– but for some, that’s not enough. That’s where in-office whitening comes in. Professional, in-office whitening treatments maintain their popularity based on their speed, effectiveness and safety controls. Which type of whitening is right for you?
The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments
- Speedy, effective results – Are you preparing for a wedding, reunion or other event? You may not have time to achieve your desired results with at-home options. Professional whitening is the fastest teeth whitening option on the market. Professional teeth whitening is also the most effective way to remove stubborn stains from tobacco use, coffee, aging and red wine. Over the counter kits may not be able to remove these types of stains.
- Comfort and safety – Whitening your teeth can be dangerous if you have pre-existing dental conditions or allergies. The safest way to whiten your teeth is under the supervision of your dental professional who will assess your overall oral health, the health of your teeth and know the history of your teeth before creating a whitening plan for you.
- It’s mouth-healthy – Professional teeth whitening products like Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems (available at our Clinton office) works to maintain and sometimes improve your dental health. Opalescence whitening product contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride), which help maintain the health of enamel throughout the whitening process.
Do you need help determining which type of whitening treatment is best for you? Contact your local Horizon Family Dental Care office in Baltimore, Clinton or Hanover, MD to schedule a consult. We offer Philips Zoom Professional Whitening treatments and Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems, as well as take-home whitening kits.