While getting ready for work in the morning, you look in the mirror and realize that your white shirt is significantly whiter than your teeth. How did this happen? What can you do to turn back the clock? Is professional teeth whitening in Grants Pass really better than commercial whitening strips and trays? In this blog post, get the answers to these questions and more!
What causes tooth discoloration?
Your smile can appear dull or more yellow because of the following:
- Side effect of certain medications.
- Exposure to darkly pigmented foods and drinks such as coffee, tomato sauce, and red wine.
- Excessive wear on your teeth’s enamel, showing the yellow dentin underneath.
- Smoking or using other tobacco products.
- Natural aging.
Although you can avoid some discoloration by swearing off certain foods and drinks, chances are that you won’t be able to avoid yellow or dull-looking teeth completely. The good news is that you can choose between over-the-counter whitening solutions or professional grade whitening to bring back your smile’s youthful brilliance.
What can store-bought whitening solutions do?
Commercial whitening solutions that you can find in stores promise dramatic results, but at best they can brighten your smile by a few shades over the course of a few weeks. That’s because store-bought whitening solutions use a gel with a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide and one-size-fits-all trays or strips. In order to get a more even whitening effect, you need to have custom trays made just for your unique mouth. If you’re looking for a more noticeable change in the color of your teeth, you should choose professional whitening through your cosmetic dentist in Grants Pass.
Why is professional whitening more effective?
Because the dentist is supervising the whitening treatment, professional solutions have a stronger bleaching agent that can remove deeper stains. Years of set-in discoloration from chocolate, soda, and more can come off with simple treatments that are easy and comfortable. And what’s more, some dentists provide this whitening through take-home kits, meaning that you can still whiten at your convenience at home and without taking significant time out of your busy schedule. These take-home professional kits allow you to brighten your smile by up to 8 shades with about two weeks of treatment.
How long will the results last?
Whitening kits that you buy from the store do not give you significant results, so it makes sense that the results don’t stick around for very long, especially if you don’t change anything in your lifestyle or diet. On the other hand, professional teeth whitening can last for up to three years. To maximize the results for as long as possible, you should avoid darkly pigmented foods and drinks for a while after you initially achieve the final results. Also, when you feel that your smile is starting to fade again, you can do simple touchups with your dentist’s take-home whitening kits and make your smile’s youthful appearance last for many years to come.
If you want to see significantly whiter teeth when you look in the mirror, you should talk to your dentist. Professional whitening gives you all the benefits of at-home treatment while also providing the powerful results you want. With take-home kits, you can wear white with complete confidence in your radiant smile.
About the Practice
At Premier Care Dental at Grants Pass, Dr. Tanner Barratt has been practicing for about five years and enjoys helping patients smile. The dental team at this location is proud to offer professional take-home whitening kits that enable patients to enjoy the convenience and dramatic results that this solution provides. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Barratt, call (541) 476-4583 or click here.