How To Get Teeth Whitening With A Rockville MD Family Cosmetic Dental Office

By Alicia Murphy

If you smoke or drink lots of coffee or dark colored drinks, the yellowing of your teeth will be worse. Our teeth have a tendency to yellow with time and age as it is. To help increase confidence and self-esteem, there are several teeth whitening solutions available to help restore the color of your teeth to their natural white.

There are a lot of over the counter whitening products, each with their own issues. For instance, it's almost impossible to find toothpaste without "whitening" ingredients, but these toothpastes are only able to remove light surface stains. They are effective in helping slow down the yellowing, but are only good for lightening your teeth by one shade or so.

Whitening mouthwashes are also now available, but experts think they may not be very effective simply because they are in contact with the teeth for too short a time.

Some additional over the counter whitening options include strips and gels. These usually contain either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Strips are applied directly to the teeth while gels are applied using a small brush. There are also tray-based whitening systems that can be purchased over the counter or even from your local dentist.

There are a few downsides to whitening systems purchased over the counter. Most have a one size fits all approach and are reliant on customers using them in the right way, which if not, can cause them to be less effective. There are also a few risks involved, such as gum damage due to chemical exposure. Whitening trays not fitted properly can potentially cause permanent damage, costing more to fix.

Some people should not whiten their teeth. Children under 16 should not use (or need) whitening products. If you are pregnant or lactating you should wait until after you have weaned the baby. People with sensitive teeth should talk to their dentist first, because the whitening system can cause irritation. Any cavities or gum issues should be treated before whitening, as it can make cavities worse. Also, the whitening materials will not affect fillings, crowns, etc - which can result in uneven whitening that actually makes your teeth look worse.

While in-office whitening solutions may be more expensive there are a lot of benefits. They are properly supervised and steps are taken to ensure you will not have any problems from the chosen procedure.

Some dentists offer whitening trays that can be purchased for slightly less. These professional trays are made from your teeth impressions and can help reduce the risk of tooth damage and gum damage. These are worn for a few hours a day for a week or so. Some dentists may recommend crowns or porcelain veneers if your stains are severe.

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