The demand for teeth whitening services has grown 300% in the last few years. Why might you ask? While we can come up with a few possible reasons for the rapid growth of teeth whitening services, we also know that it’s largely due to the improvements made in teeth whitening practices behind the scenes. Without going into too much detail, suffice it to say that now is a better time than ever to have teeth whitening done. The following includes some more information about teeth whitening that you might find helpful.
What’s the number one way to have your teeth whitened?
While you can find many over-the-counter teeth whitening kits at your local drug store, professional teeth whitening is a better way to go in the long run. Professional teeth whitening offers a longer lasting impact than over-the-counter whitening kits. Professional teeth whitening works better because at home whitening kits use hydrogen peroxide to achieve the desired results, while professional whitening can utilize carbamide peroxide. The carbamide peroxide is comprised partially of hydrogen peroxide, but it is a more stable compound, yielding whiter teeth and less sensitivity. Professional whitening also allows the dentist to ensure that the chemicals are only coming into contact with your teeth rather than your gums or tongue.
What things affect the process of teeth whitening?
As with many things, the results of teeth whitening will vary from person to person depending on a few of the following factors.
The shade of teeth before whitening
Teeth whitening can only offer so much since the natural shade of your teeth plays a role in how the treatment turns out. If you have a yellow hue to your teeth, the teeth whitening process will actually have a greater impact than if you have a brown or gray hue to your teeth. Both will yield results, but yellow teeth tend to produce a more obvious outcome.
Individual whitening potential
Although this has not been proven scientifically yet, many claim that every person has a different “whitening potential” for their teeth. This means that our teeth will only become white to a certain extent.
The strength of teeth whitening product
The strength of a given teeth whitening product will have a great impact on the final appearance of your teeth. Any qualified Lincoln dentist will offer a more fruitful teeth whitening service than over-the-counter teeth whitening kits because dentists are allowed to use carbamide peroxide to whiten teeth.
How white can teeth be whitened?
Your final whitening results depend on the original color shade of your natural teeth.
Everyone has a maximum capacity for whiter teeth. Certain teeth can never get that super white color, and those teeth need dental veneers or crowns to achieve super white color.
Should everyone have their teeth whitened?
For some, teeth whitening is not recommended. This includes the following:
- Children under the age of 13 have especially sensitive teeth.
- Pregnant and lactating women should not have their teeth whitened.
- Those with gum disease, exposed roots, broken teeth, hypersensitivity or incomplete dental work could experience adverse side effects from teeth whitening.
- Anyone going through orthodontic treatment should wait until the process is complete to have their teeth whitened.
- If you have had dental work that covers the entire front of your teeth, whitening will not work on your bridges, crowns, veneers, fillings, implants, etc.
It’s always advisable to talk with a dentist about teeth whitening options that will work well for you. Any dental treatment should be an ongoing dialogue between you and your Lincoln dentist. If you have questions about your ability to have teeth whitening, don’t hesitate to contact us or set up an appointment.
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