Get Snow White Teeth


Teeth WhiteningIf your job puts you in the public eye, or you’re just dissatisfied with the color of your teeth, you may be dreaming of creating a set of “snow white” teeth, which you may hope that you’ll achieve by teeth whitening. However, there are several things you may not know about teeth whitening that could significantly impact your satisfaction with the end result.

Tips to Achieve Snow White Teeth

  • Seek assistance from your dentist. He or she can rule out the presence of oral health conditions responsible for the tooth discoloration that whitening will only mask if they are present. Your dentist can also oversee a take-home whitening treatment or maintenance regimen, and help you resolve any sensitivity issues you may encounter.
  • Get your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s before engaging in teeth whitening. This ensures that extrinsic stains are removed before whitening begins. On a related note, if you are whitening your teeth at home, always brush and floss before getting started.
  • Be realistic. You may believe you won’t be satisfied until your teeth are a blinding shade of white, but most dentists recommend whitening to approximately the shade of the whites of your eyes. Believe it or not, excessive teeth whitening can actually make your teeth look like they have a blue tint to them!
  • Be patient. It’s commonly suggested by dentists that a six-shade change in color will take three in-office teeth whitening applications of about 60 minutes, seven days of at-home whitening trays used nightly, or 16 daily applications of over-the-counter whitening strips. Also, be aware that whitening dehydrates your teeth slightly, so the true shade achieved by whitening is often not apparent for two weeks after treatment.
  • Watch your habits. To maintain your brighter smile, don’t use whitening toothpaste excessively, as it can erode your tooth enamel and make your teeth look more yellow.

“Teeth whitening can make many patients look younger and more vibrant,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix. “But understanding the process is key to garnering the most attractive and durable results.”

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