How Can I Whiten My Teeth?
What Causes Stains and Discoloration?
There are many factors that can cause stains and discoloration of your teeth over your lifetime. However, there are also many ways to improve and brighten the color of your teeth.
Some main reasons for stains and discoloration are foods and beverages such as red wine, coffee, tea, and acidic foods. Things like smoking, medication, infection, tooth trauma, and aging will also cause discoloration.
What Whitening Treatments Options Are There?
Many teeth whitening products exist over-the-counter such as whitening trays, strips, and toothpaste. These will work well for basic surface stains caused by food and beverages, but to get a more noticeably whiter smile and get deeper stains, consider getting a professional whitening treatment done at your dentist office. In-office treatments with your dentist work very quickly and the whitening effect will last longer.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Teeth whitening is considered safe, but you may experience some side effects from treatment that are normal and expected. Following whitening treatments your teeth may become more sensitive, especially to hot and cold food and drinks, however, the sensitivity should diminish over time and lessen with each treatment.
You may also experience irritated gums. This can happen because of contact on your gums with the whitening product. This side effect should go away after your treatments.
While these side effects should go away after treatment, contact your dentist if they persist or get worse.
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