Did you know that 99.7% of Americans think that a smile is important to success and happiness? It’s no wonder that whitening procedures are gaining in popularity. But what is right for you? Here are some of the most common procedures and a description of each.
- Chemical Whitening and Cleaning. Chances are, your local dentist can provide basic whitening services such as chemical whitening and deep teeth cleaning. This process involves the oxidation of your enamel through the application of a peroxide-based solution. This procedure is not permanent, however, and may need to be repeated at regular intervals, depending on your lifestyle and food choices (primarily how much coffee you drink and whether or not you smoke).
- Laser Teeth Whitening. Laser teeth whitening is an advanced form of chemical whitening, where the peroxide solution is subjected to laser treatment in order to speed up the oxidation process. The in-office time is reduced, but the cost is significantly more. Offices that offer laser teeth whitening usually also offer basic laser teeth cleaning, which can also whiten your teeth, though not as dramatically.
- Porcelain Veneers. A longer-lasting solution for whiter teeth is the installation of porcelain veneers. These thin porcelain shells are attached to the front of each tooth, and act as brand new surfaces for discolored, stained, or even decayed enamel.
Not ever solution will work for every patient. If you want to explore the options available to you, ask your local dentist for an examination. Any good dentist should be able to spot trouble areas and recommend a course of action that will give you back the bright, white smile you once had. And depending on the services your dentist offers, you may even be able to get started right away. Great references here.