Going to the dentist isn't any fun, but it is one of those things that just has to be done. For years, I fought the process and didn't go for my regular cleanings and in the end, it sure didn't pay to do so. I ended up spending ten times as much time in the chair and a boat-load of money in dental repairs. If you don't like going to the dentist, you can make it easier on yourself. This blog will show you a few tips that can help you improve the experience and get through the treatment without as much discomfort.
If you have discolored teeth, there are many different options available to whiten your smile. Here are a few of them.
Veneers are made of dental ceramic or resin and can be used to cover many cosmetic dental issues, including dental discoloration. The veneers cover the teeth, so the discoloration is hidden from view. Instead of the dental stains, only the white hues of the veneers are visible.
Sometimes, only a few teeth in the mouth are discolored. Dental discoloration is sometimes caused by dental trauma. A blow to the mouth may only affect certain teeth and can cause the darkening of the tooth material. When only a few teeth are discolored, the color of the dental veneers applied to those teeth should be matched to the color of the unaffected teeth in the mouth.
Discoloration from dental trauma, birth defects, and medicine-related side effects, are not affected by chemical whiteners. Thus, for some dental patients, an application of dental veneers is the only way their teeth can become uniform and white.
Although staining that is considered permanent cannot be removed by chemical whiteners, most food and beverage-based stains can be diminished by dental bleaches.
There are a number of dental bleaching products that can be used to improve the color of the teeth. Most of these applications contain some form of peroxide to bleach the tooth enamel.
Whitening Gels and Strips
Whitening gels and strips are usually available in over-the-counter kits. The kits include detailed instructions about the enclosed products. In order for the whitening products to work without causing damage to the teeth, the instructions should be followed precisely.
Gels are often applied using a mouthguard to hold the product in place. Strips are already pre-coated with the whitening product.
Dental bleaches can also be applied at a dental office by a cosmetic dentist. The products usually work quicker and more efficiently than over-the-counter products. Thus, the whitening effects are usually noticeable sooner.
People who have their teeth whitened by a dentist may see several shades of whitening after a single session. Depending on the extent of the dental staining, multiple sessions may be needed to complete the whitening process.
Once the desired level of whiteness is achieved, the patient may be advised to use a whitening toothpaste to maintain the new color of the teeth. Whitening mouth rinses may also be prescribed.
For more information about whitening your teeth, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area.