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3 Teeth Whitening Options
Fighting off tooth discoloration for better smiles
Many people struggle with maintaining the health and the appearance of their smile. While brushing, flossing, and using a good rinse are helpful, there are many factors which cause tooth discoloration that are beyond a person's control.
For instance, a number of beverages can cause teeth to become stained and yellowed, including but not limited to, coffee, tea, soda, and red wine. In addition, smoking and tobacco products also can cause ugly stains on tooth enamel. Even antibiotics such as tetracycline will cause discoloration on teeth (which is one of the reasons it is usually not prescribed to young children).
Most disheartening, however, is that the natural aging process results in tooth discoloration. While you can avoid all of the other things, you just can't avoid getting old.
And yet, there is no reason to despair about all of the above because advancements in cosmetic dentistry have led to a number of teeth whitening options that are available at dental practices and as products for at-home use. The variety of products is broad, but this brief rundown should help you learn about the basic teeth whitening options that are available to you today.
Teeth Whitening Gums, Toothpastes, and MouthwashesThe most basic of teeth whitening products, teeth whitening gums, toothpastes, and mouthwashes are exactly what they sound like. While they are not super effective at whitening teeth, that can have a noticeable difference in some people depending on their degree of tooth discoloration and the effectiveness of the gum, toothpaste, or mouthwash they use.
At-Home Teeth Whitening KitsAt-home teeth whitening kits are more effective than the whitening gums, toothpastes, and mouthwashes. These kits are specifically designed to whiten teeth and usually consist of trays and whitening gels that are worn overnight. Some systems consist of teeth whitening strips worn over the teeth. This option is a good one for those with stains that cannot be removed through simple products but are not extreme.
Professional In-Office Teeth WhiteningIf you have major stains on your teeth and need the most effective means possible to treat those stains, you should turn to your dentist. Professional-grade teeth whitening is the most effective way to treat stains on your teeth. There are a number of systems available to dentists all of them have proven extremely effective in whitening smiles. These professional systems are painless, usually take an hour to perform, and will improve the whiteness of your smile by several shades.