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Teeth Whitening

People’s teeth can discolor over the years as enamel wears down. As it wears down, a yellow substance called dentin that makes up the core of the tooth, starts to show through. Some external causes for stained and discolored are coffee, cola and nicotine. When teeth have lost that shine, it’s time to see the dentist about teeth whitening options.

There are two main options, in-office teeth whitening and at-home teeth whitening. Westerville Smiles offers an in-office teeth whitening/bleaching option that is safe and effective. It will yield more drastic results faster and is more expensive than a take-home whitening kit.

At home whitening is available in several forms. Tray whitening is when a whitening gel is placed into trays that fit over the teeth. The peroxide in gel breaks down and the released hydroxyradicals that whiten the teeth. Paint-on teeth whiteners are the least expensive and less efficient option, the whitening gel is applied directly to the teeth with a small brush.

Teeth whitening strips are an effective method for at home teeth whitening. Crest 3D Whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with hydrogen peroxide on one side. They are placed across the teeth and are gently pressed into place to ensure contact. To improve and expedite the effects of at-home whitening strips, a whitening toothpaste and mouthwash to can also be used.

It is advisable to consult with a dentist before choosing a teeth whitening method. Some options that yield faster results may not work for people with sensitive teeth, while other options may be insufficient to reach the desired whiteness.

After achieving the desired shade of white teeth, it’s important to maintain the effect for as long as possible. It can be done by protecting teeth from soda, nicotine and coffee.

For residents of Westerville and Columbus, contact Westerville Smiles to see which teeth whitening method would work for you.