December 12, 2017
Studies show that 73% of people surveyed said they are more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than a person with a good job or material possession. This speaks volumes about the importance that your teeth make. That’s one explanation for why your smile is so important to you. It’s possible that maybe, somewhere deep in your subconscious mind, you know that your entire worth is being judged by your smile. So, you want a make sure that you have nice white teeth. Your cosmetic dentist in Weymouth is here to help you in your quest by comparing the different teeth whitening options.
Why is Teeth Whitening Needed?
The hard layer on the surface of your teeth is called enamel. Over your life, this can be worn down, making your teeth more translucent, allowing for deeper stains that are harder to reverse. There are two types of stains:
- Extrinsic – These appear on the enamel surface of teeth and are the result of consuming certain foods and drinks that have strong, staining colors, like deep reds, browns, etc.
- Intrinsic – These are deeper stains within the tooth. They occur as a result of traumatic injury that causes inner tooth bleeding, aging, and ingestion of too much fluoride.
When these stubborn stains set in, they can be resistant to normal cleaning and require more abrasive methods.
Different Types of Teeth Whitening
There are several methods for teeth whitening that fall into three basic categories, ranging from least to most effective:
- Over-the-Counter Teeth Whiteners – These can be purchased from your local drugstore. They can be effective in cases of healthier teeth, but typically can’t remove the deeper stains that are at the dentin level.
- Take-Home Strips from Your Dentist – These are professional strength. Therefore, you can expect significantly better results than with over-the-counter brands. Also, your dentist will provide instructions on how to use them correctly.
- Zoom! Advanced Chairside Lamp – This procedure is done in-office and delivers the fastest results, as a powerful LED light is applied to the whitening gel on your teeth. Although this is the most aggressive way of teeth whitening, it is also the safest. Your gums will be covered to avoid any irritation and you will only receive the necessary amount of bleach to safely do the job.
Now that you have more information to make your comparison, prepare yourself to get the bright, white smile that you’ve been wanting for some time now. Then, you’ll be guaranteed to make a positive first impression every time.
About the Author
Dr. Stephen Kerr received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stonehill College in North Easton. He then went on to earn his DMD from Tufts University of Dental Medicine in Boston. He is an active member of the Shamrock Study Club and continues to pursue a wide variety of education courses. He practices at Columbian Square Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.
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