Do you like coffee or tea? Do you drink soft drinks?
Do you smoke or use other tobacco products?
Do you eat pasta or other foods with colorful sauces?
Are you older than you used to be?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you may have noticed changes in the appearance of your smile.
Any or all of those things can cause stains on your teeth. Professional teeth whitening can remove those stains in a short amount of time.
If you live in or near Oregon City, OR, the dentists at Oregon City Family Dentistry provide this service as one of our cosmetic services.
Reasons To Whiten Your Smile
Scholars can tell you that nonverbal communication can be as or more important than the words that we say. Our smiles (or lack thereof) are one of these forms of nonverbal communication.
But what do our smiles tell other people? A lot. They indicate the kind of mood we are in, and they can shape how other people perceive us.
Having white teeth can make you feel more confident about your smile. That can make you feel more comfortable whether you are going for a job interview, meeting a potential new client, or introducing yourself at a social gathering.
Studies have shown that people with white teeth are generally perceived to be younger, more successful, and more trustworthy than people with yellow teeth. Like it or not, our teeth lose their whiteness naturally as we get older.
Understanding Your Options
We are well aware that you could go to a grocery or retail store and find scores of products that claim that they can whiten your teeth.
Let’s consider what kind of results you can expect from these products.
WebMD looked at different commercial whitening options and reported on the typical results.
Let’s start with whitening toothpaste. At best, these kinds of toothpaste will remove the surface stains, which is not much different from any other toothpaste. With regular use of whitening toothpaste, your teeth may become one shade whiter after several weeks or months.
Whitening rinses are even less effective. Even some manufacturers say it could take 12 weeks (that’s three months) before you can see any change. Experts who study cosmetic dentistry have found that rinses are less likely to produce the results you want than nearly any products.
White strips and whitening gels are probably the best bet of the options you can buy over the counter. The directions (and the effectiveness) with vary depending on the different brands, but the best ones can improve the appearance of your teeth in a couple weeks.
This may be better than whitening toothpaste, but it is still only a fraction of the improvements you can expect with professional teeth whitening.
The whitening products that you can get at a dentist office work faster and remove more stains that commercial products.
You may be surprised to learn that professional teeth whitening products contain similar active ingredients as the products you will find in the stores. The difference is that professional products have a much higher concentration of those ingredients.
Plus, you will have the benefit of a dental professional to guide you through the whitening process. Often, people who use commercial whitening products will overuse them. This can damage your enamel or gums.
We understand that you want whiter teeth as soon as possible, but we also want you to whiten your teeth in a way that preserves your oral health.
The first step is creating a custom-fitted whitening tray. This tray is more effective at distributing the professional whitening gel on your teeth. This reduces the likelihood of teeth that are unevenly white.
We will send you home with your tray and our special bleaching gel. Just fill the tray and use it as instructed. By following our treatment guidelines, your teeth could be up to eight shades whiter in a matter of couple weeks.
Get The Best Results For You
People whiten their teeth for a lot of reasons. You may have a special event coming up, like a wedding, reunion, or graduation. You might want to whiten your smile because you think it can help you in your professional career. Or maybe you just want to have a whiter smile.
If you have questions about our teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry services, contact Oregon City Family Dentistry. You can reach us by calling 503-917-0523 or by filling out our online form. Our dentist office is located in Oregon City, OR.
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