Teeth Whitening With Smart Family Dentistry
A great smile shard to come by. That’s why teeth whitening procedures have become increasingly popular in recent years, and really taken off since its introduction in the 1980s.
Pros Of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a reasonably safe and inexpensive procedure, that uses an application of peroxide, either hydrogen or carbamide, to whiten the surface of teeth. Based on concentration, the peroxide remains on the teeth for an extended period of time, slowly removing stains caused from drinking beverages such as tea or coffee, and removing discoloration from teeth affected by smoking or old age. The pros include:
Whiter Teeth -The most obvious pro is the whiter, brighter smile it provides.
Quick Fix -Teeth whitening is a relatively quick procedure, making it easy to fit into a busy life schedule.
Low Risk -There is little to no risk involved with teeth whitening, keeping the focus cosmetic, and making it increasingly convenient for patients.
Whitening is becoming an increasingly common procedure due to the number of over the counter whitening kits that have been developed in the past few years. Teeth whitening is not for everyone, so you should consult your dentist before making any final decisions.
Cons Of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening, although widely available, shouldn’t be used without consultation from your dentist. Even though it is a very safe procedure, there are a few cons that are less than desirable.
Tooth Sensitivity -Teeth whitening can sometimes cause short term tooth sensitivity to heat, cold, and pressure due to the porous nature of the teeth and how whitening products lift the stain from within this porosity.
Not For Crowns -Teeth whitening is not always effective. If you have a dental crown or a dental filling one of your front teeth, teeth whitening will be ineffective to that crown or filling. This can result in you having one or more teeth that are darker or appears stained in relation to the rest of your mouth.
Doesn’t Always Work - Sometimes, teeth whitening may not have the same effect on all of your teeth. There are times when a single tooth, or pair of teeth, will not be whitened by the concentrated peroxide. This also will leave those teeth darker in relation to the other teeth.
Short Lifespan -With teeth whitening being so convenient nowadays, it seems obvious that reapplication is a must. Whitening procedures generally only have an effect for about a year, so if you enjoy your newly whitened teeth some continued whitening in the future may be needed.