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Teeth Whitening

03 November 2015, Homer Dental Centre

Homer Dental Centre
We at Homer Dental will always try to show you your different options when it comes to choosing what to do with your teeth. Most things change over time, your teeth are no different. Today we are going to share some information about teeth whitening.

We at Homer Dental  will always try to show you your  different options when it comes to choosing what to do with your teeth. Most things change over time, your teeth are no different. Today we are going to share some information about teeth whitening.  Many different factors contribute to the discoloration of our teeth. As we age our teeth change colour. This can be due to what we eat and drink or just our DNA make. Even if we brush, floss, and go for our regular checkups our teeth naturally become less bright over time.

 

Even environmental factors such as air quality can contribute to teeth losing their natural radiance. Professional teeth whitening is an effective way to lighten, brighten, and  eliminate  stains. We all want that naturally white smile. Nowadays teeth whitening is a common practice.  And like anything there are choices. You can either whiten your teeth at home or you can go and see your dentist to get the procedure done.  If you choose to  go to the drugstore you will find ample shelf space dedicated to tooth whitening products.  There are many over-the-counter  name brand products to choose from. However if you are unsure or squeamish about the whole at home whitening thing the best thing to do is go and speak to your dentist. Getting your teeth professionally whitened might be the best option for you.  Dentist-supervised treatments are safer and  offer more dependable results.


One thing to be aware of when whitening your teeth is that the results will vary depending on the treatment you choose.  Most people are satisfied with the outcome of their whitening treatment as the teeth become shades lighter making your smile brighter.  Most people are very pleased with their bright new smile  following the professional procedure.


The terms "whitening" and "bleaching" are often used interchangeably. However the FDA uses the term "bleaching"  to define only products that contain bleach better known as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)/carbamide peroxide (CH6N2O3). Bleaching can lighten teeth shades beyond their natural shade state.


Teeth whitening is a common practice and a low-risk procedure today. As this is a non-invasive procedure the side effects seen are mild and rare.


Not only can whitening teeth contribute to one's overall dental health it can  also help achieve that pearly white smile that often boosts one's self confidence.


The Cost of whitening one's teeth will depend upon which type of treatment is chosen, your dentist, the duration of your treatment, and more. The Average cost of an over the counter treatment at home treatment is about $50.00. You can get cheaper but like anything the cheaper something less effective it can become hazardous. One should be aware of the levels of peroxide in each brand as that can have a damaging effect.


The take home treatments from the dentist are usually around $200 dollars. Some dentists even throw this in if you go to them for your initial procedure.  In office dentist whitening is usually between 200 and 400 a visit.  It is however the most effective and safest route to go. You are being monitored, cared for, and in the hands of trained professionals.


Each of these methods vary with risks, price, and outcome. There are different dentists, different brands, different cost, different teeth. All these things contribute to the outcome and experience of teeth whitening The best thing we can say about teeth whitening is that when done properly patients feel more confident, happy and ready to smile. They truly have a pearly white smile.


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