It's fair to say that a lot of weddings happen in the summer. Even if you are not the bride, you know that you have to look your best, because you'll be in pictures - a lot of pictures. Not only are there weddings, but there are family reunion photos, high school and college reunion photos, vacation photos, and back to school photos to consider as well. When you start looking at all of the photos you are going to be in during the year, you know you need to look your best. Looking your best is especially important where your teeth are concerned. How do you go about having your teeth whitened? Lincoln Center Smiles can give you some information about teeth whitening as part of our cosmetic dentistry services in our offices and at home.
What Is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is the process of lightening or whitening your teeth. There are many reasons why you might need to whiten your teeth. You may be a coffee, tea, or soft drink gulper - which means your teeth might not be pearly white. Are you a smoker? Tobacco use might make your teeth yellow or brown as well. If you eat a lot of berries and veggies, your teeth may be less than white. Medication can also discolor your teeth. The older that you get, the more likely your teeth are going to be stained. Tooth whitening can make your teeth - and your face - look younger!
How Are Teeth Whitened?
There are lots of ways to whiten your teeth. Some are more effective than others. Which one you use depends on the level of whitening you need, and how much time you have. If you are using whitening toothpaste or whitening mouthwash, you can get your teeth a few shades lighter over the course of a month or so. This method works for people who want to improve their tooth color by a little bit. However, it is not effective for people who want to whiten their teeth quickly.
Whitening Strips at Home
If you are looking to get your teeth whiter, you might want to try over the counter whitening strips. Whitening strips can get your teeth lighter more quickly than toothpaste or mouthwash can. In general, whitening strips can get your teeth several shades whiter within three weeks. Usually, people wear whitening strips for a few minutes twice a day.
People who really need their teeth whitened, or who need to get their teeth whitened quickly, need to come and see us. First, we can bleach your teeth in our office using ultraviolet light. That means we can whiten your teeth really nicely in one visit. We can also whiten your teeth with lasers, which we can do in one visit as well. If you want, you can come by our office, and we can whiten your teeth in a few days with take-home trays.
Do you have questions about how to get your teeth whiter? Do you worry about the stains on your teeth? Do you wonder whether or not you can whiten your teeth on your own? If you have questions about the whitening process, give Lincoln Center Smiles a call at (971) 317-9499.