For centuries, having a brighter smile and whiter teeth has been always been desirable; from the primitive days when the Egyptians used wine vinegar mixed with pumice to brighten their smiles; to their Roman counterparts, who used urine to ensure their teeth got whiter.
Just as it was back then, whiter teeth still remain a sought-after goal for many modern men and women. Technological advancement in this very area has made of the teeth whiting goal an easy task to accomplish without having to go the way of our ancient Roman friends.
In a very simple manner, teeth whitening is a way of getting one’s teeth color to become a few shades lighter than its natural color. In today’s world, there are a variety of accessible lanes that can be walked to achieve whiter teeth.
Maybe you are concerned about how teeth become discolored? The reality is that as one advance in age, your teeth also gradually changes in color. Aside from this, a person’s lifestyle and food choices could also affect the color of your teeth; while some discoloration comes as a result of infection, medications or some sort of trauma.
The vast array of whitening options available today can be grouped into about three categories; 1. those that are administered directly by a dentist, 2. those bought over the counter and used without any directive from a dentist and 3. those given to you by a dentist to be used in your home.
Whitening Teeth By A Dentist
In the case of having your teeth whitened by a dentist, a great part of what would be done by this professional is to use carbamide peroxide which breaks down into hydrogen peroxide and urea as the agent which bleaches your teeth; and one thing that is known about this method is that it is known to be safe and it produces whiter teeth. An In-office treatment is known to produce a whitening effect that lasts longer and may only require a few hours or a visit with your dentist to get your teeth whitened.
Over The Counter Teeth Whitening
In the case of whitening products that can be readily bought over the counter without a dentist prescription, it should be known that these products do not contain the same bleaching agent that is found in those used during professional whitening procedures. However, they may be effective at whitening teeth that are discolored. This method may take longer to see results, but some will eventually get to a brighter smile. Over The Counter teeth whitening products can include, toothpastes, dental rinses or whitening “strips”
Dentist Provided Home Teeth Whitening Treatments
Another category of teeth whitening products are those provided by your dentist that you take home and do yourself. These would be a tray method where a whitening solution is placed on a dental tray and then the tray is placed in your mouth for a specified amount of time.
Contact us here at Angel Dental in El Monte for an appointment so we can find the best option for your teeth, your budget and your safety. Call us 626-444-2002