To Get A Whiter Smile, You Should Go Pro
Having white teeth is one of the simplest ways to make your smile look nicer. White teeth look cleaner and healthier — and they can make you appear younger, too.
No wonder teeth whitening is one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry.
We have seen the interest in this service at our dentist office in Millburn, NJ, and we are happy to help you safely and professionally remove years of built up stains from your smile.
At Millburn Dental Arts, we also have helped many patients who were dissatisfied when they tried the self-proclaimed whitening products available in the toothpaste aisle of many grocery and retails stores.
Our professional teeth whitening can give you a reason to smile again.
What Does Whitening Toothpaste Do?
This is a good question. The next time you go shopping give yourself a scavenger hunt. Try to find three different kinds of toothpaste that don’t have “whitening” on the box.
Given how many whitening toothpastes are on the market, you would think everyone would have sparkling white smiles.
A few years ago, the American Dental Association couldn’t help noticing the rise in popularity in whitening products. So, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs decided to take a closer look at these products.
In their research, they determined that there were two kinds of commercial whitening products. They are bleaching products (which we will get to in a moment) and whitening toothpaste.
Based on their research, they determined that whitening toothpaste could remove surface stains. That’s something that virtually any toothpaste can do.
That also means whitening toothpaste is not going to remove the deeper stains that have taken years or decades to develop.
So, what about the bleaching products we mentioned earlier?
Commercial Whitening Products
If you are interested in removing those deep stains from your teeth, you may have better luck with bleaching products.
The ADA council found that the bleaching agent in these products is either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide (which actually breaks down into hydrogen peroxide).
When used correctly, these products will do more than whitening toothpaste, but not as much as professional whitening products.
Unfortunately, many people use commercial products incorrectly, either by leaving them on too long or through overuse. Either of these situations can cause damage to your teeth that can leave them less healthy.
That’s also why the ADA recommends talking to a dentist before you move forward with any whitening product.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional whitening products contain higher concentrations of bleaching agents than commercial products (7 to 11 times higher, according to the ADA council’s research).
When used under the supervision of a dentist, these can produce remarkable improvements in your smile in a short period of time.
At our practice, we start by making custom trays for our patients. These trays make the application of the whitening gel more effective since it is spread more evenly on your teeth.
When your tray is ready, we will send it home with you and our professional strength whitening gel. Just apply the gel as directed at your convenience, and in a matter of a few weeks, you should see a noticeable whiter and brighter smile in the mirror.
Can Whitening Really Make You Look Younger?
According to results published by The Daily Mail (a British newspaper), yes.
The Mail used photo editing software to show groups of people images of celebrities. The groups were shown pictures in which the teeth were lightened, darkened, and left in their natural color.
Here are a few examples of what they found.
Model Kate Moss was considered to be six years younger than her actual age by people who saw photos of her with whiter teeth.
People who saw pictures of actress Helena Bonham Carter with whiter teeth estimated that she was seven years younger than people who saw pictures with her natural teeth color.
They even showed people photos Nigel Farage, a British political leader. People who saw his picture with white teeth though he was nine years younger than people who saw pictures with his natural teeth color.
Lighten Your Smile
Try not to feel bad if your teeth aren’t as white as they were 10 or 20 years ago. It’s normal for our teeth to get yellower and darker as we get older.
After all, you can drink a lot of coffee, tea, and soft drinks in 10 or 20 years, and that’s not even counting all the food you will consume in that time.