If your teeth have gotten yellow or dark over the years, you may feel embarrassed or self-conscious about your smile. If you want to boost your smile’s appearance and even your overall appearance, one of the best solutions is a teeth whitening system that really works.
The enamel on your teeth is tough, but it’s not perfectly smooth. There are many tiny imperfections like grooves or nooks too small to see. But when you eat and drink things that can stain, such as coffee or tomato sauce, a small amount stains the enamel in those grooves. Smoking can do that as well. The stains are so small that you don’t notice them at first. But as the years go by, more and more imperfections collect stains. In time, your teeth start to look yellow or dark.
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening products you can buy without a prescription, including special toothpastes, strips, and gels. All of these work or the FDA would not have approved them for sale. However, there are two downsides with these systems:
Store-bought teeth whitening systems might save you money in the short run, but if you’re doing this to get white teeth, do you really want to spend all of that money on products that don’t work as well?
At our Tulsa, OK dental office, we have experienced many different teeth whitening systems over the years. Our favorite is the Opalescence system, which uses a whitening gel placed in small trays that fit over your teeth. The gel penetrates your enamel to help get rid of deep stains fast. We offer both in-office teeth whitening and a version you take home and use daily. Either way, you are getting a professional-strength whitening system that will quickly make your teeth go from dingy to beautiful.
Since teeth whitening only affects how your teeth look, it can normally be used by most people. However, it should be used only if you are 16 years or older, as the pulp inside your teeth is larger when you’re young and could be irritated by the whitening agent. Also, any previous dental work such as dental implant restorations or crowns can result in uneven results.
If you are ready to get a dazzling white smile again, call us or email us today to schedule your next appointment.