When you meet someone for the first time, you subconsciously make a series of observations that creates your primary impressions. That likely includes noticing things like hair color, the absence or presence of lines on their face, and how they’re dressed.
A person’s smile is an important part of your first impression, and a warm smile can give you a positive feeling about them. However, if their teeth are stained or yellow, your first impression might be that they are older than they actually are.
A white smile is synonymous with a youthful appearance, and that’s likely why Americans spend close to $2 billion annually to whiten their teeth. There’s no question that brightening your smile can shave years off your appearance.
The fastest way to the most dramatic whitening results is always a dental office procedure. The teeth whitening specialists at Wedgewood Dental are trained to use the most effective methods to spruce up your smile. They offer chairside whitening treatments with the products you need for follow-up care at home.
The power of peroxide
Dental office whitening uses one of two powerful bleaching agents, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These safe solutions work by breaking down the pigments in tooth stains, leaving your teeth their whitest.
Much depends on the physical state of your teeth and the reasons behind the discoloration, but it’s reasonable to expect results that are three to eight times brighter.
The concentration and strength of dental office whitening agents are substantially greater than you find in-home whitening kits. Our team at Wedgewood Dental is trained to use these professional-grade products safely and performs whitenings regularly, so you know you’re receiving expert care that ensures dramatic results.
Home care products have limited strength and activity to assure that you’re safe in the event of over-bleaching or other improper kit use. However, diluted whitening agents limit how white these kits can make your teeth.
There’s still a place for home whitening, however, and it works best when it’s coordinated with your dental office whitening. Ask our team for a home bleaching tray and whitening products, and you’ll receive a custom tray made for your mouth as well as bleaching gel that works as a touch-up, effectively extending the brightening effects of your chairside whitening.
Extending the shine
Keeping your teeth their brightest depends on more than just whitening treatments. Even after your whitening, you remain vulnerable to restaining.
Maintaining a great oral hygiene regimen helps, and you can further reduce the recurrence of stains by watching the foods and drinks you consume. Limit your intake or avoid altogether these notorious staining consumables:
- Coffee and black tea
- Red wine (white wine can stain, too)
- Colas and other carbonated beverages
- Blueberries, cherries, and other dark-colored fruits and vegetables
- Sauces like tomato and curry
- Food stains generally respond well to whitening, but brown and grey stains don’t respond as well.
Talk to our dental team at Wedgewood Dental for a teeth whitening assessment to find out what you can expect. Request an appointment through the online link or call the office directly to book your consultation now.