Teeth whitening has become very common. But there are varying degrees of effectiveness, and proper care can help you get the best outcomes.
Here are a few things to think about when it comes to teeth whitening.
Different products work differently for different stains
Depending upon the stains, different products and procedures have different effects.
“Yellowish teeth respond well to bleaching, brownish-colored teeth respond less well, and grayish-hue or purple-stained teeth may not respond well to bleaching at all. Blue-gray staining caused by tetracycline is more difficult to lighten and may require up to 6 months of home treatments or several in-office appointments to successfully lighten. Teeth that have dark stains may be better candidates for another lightening option, such as veneers, bonding, or crowns. Your dentist can discuss the options best suited for your situation,” according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Teeth whitening isn’t permanent
Depending upon your consumption of staining food and drink, your teeth whitening will need touching up.
According to The Cleveland Clinic, “Whitening is not permanent. People who expose their teeth to a lot of foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as 1 month. Those who avoid foods and beverages that stain may be able to wait 1 year or longer before another whitening treatment or touch-up is needed.”
Tips for keeping teeth white
Though teeth whitening isn’t permanent, such things as avoiding staining food and drink and brushing regularly can help you maintain your bright smile. So can tooth whitening toothpaste.
“Teeth whitening toothpastes cannot remove deep stains, and they won’t have dramatic effects on the color of your teeth. However, when used after a teeth whitening procedure, these toothpastes can have benefits. The toothpaste can remove superficial stains from the surface of the teeth, so even if you drink coffee or red wine and brush your teeth afterwards, you will be able to remove the stains from your teeth. Brush at least twice per day and, if possible, after each meal or snack,” according to DentalFind.com.