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3 Ways to Have Whiter Teeth

Posted on July 23rd, 2014 by Dr. Nikoo Daftary

teeth-whitening-south-loopIn today’s society, high expectations are being held when it comes to our smiles. Whether we are trying to attract a boyfriend or girlfriend, applying for a new job or promotion, or simply trying to look young again, our smiles create that first impression. We want our first impressions to be positive and memorable. Because of this, dentists in our society have taken initiative in inventing new products and procedures to whiten and brighten our smiles. There are a variety of ways to make your teeth sparkle. Here are three of those teeth whitening solutions form your South Loop dentist.
1. Protect Your Teeth from Tooth Discoloration
Our teeth naturally get darker, yellower and stained as we get older. Part of this can be attributed to genetics, tetracycline, tooth decay, root canal issues, tooth trauma and developmental disorders. Things that we intake through the mouth can also affect the color of our teeth. Too much exposure to high amounts of fluoride and taking antibiotics as a child have been known to speed up the process of tooth decay and discoloration. Smoking, drinking coffee or tea, eating carrots and oranges or other foods containing tannins are the main sources of yellowing teeth. This is why it is so vitally important to see your dentist on a regular basis; to find and address what exactly is causing your teeth to darken. Once detected, your dentist can provide resolutions to fix those issues.
2. Whitening At the Dentist
Professional teeth whitening from the dentist is the most preferable method of teeth whitening. This is because of the added amount of protection that is applied to the mouth and gums during the procedure and the extra strength of the whitening products which can only be used by certified dentists. Top of the line whitening methods protect the enamel with a shield of gel as it brightens your teeth up to 10 shades in that first visit. Choosing to whiten your teeth professionally gives your dentist the chance to address your tooth sensitivity and then make recommendations for take-home whitening products that best match your needs. The glimmer in your teeth should last for at least one year, if not more, contingent to how well you take care of them and how true you remain to your dentist’s instructions for maintenance.
3. Over the counter teeth whitening products
While going to your dentist is the safest and most effective place to get your teeth whitened, there are a few take home kits that can help in the tooth whitening process. People go for the store-bought whitening products primarily because they are easy to use and affordably priced. Such products as whitening strips, whitening toothpaste, whitening gum, paint-ons, and mouth trays with gel can all be purchased over-the-counter without the approval of your dentist. However, to avoid gum irritation and risk lack of effectiveness with such over-the-counter products, it is a good idea to evaluate the pros and cons of such products with your dentist before purchase.
Our smiles generate an instant, involuntary impact on the people we meet. With brighter smiles we exude radiance, happiness, health, vivacity and youth in our countenance. Today, even the most sensitive mouths can achieve brighter, healthier looking smiles and the ability to whiten teeth is one of the most inexpensive and efficient ways to create that look. Ask your dentist what teeth whitening options would work best for you.

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