Who doesn't want a bright smile? Unfortunately as we age, things we eat and drink or the results of bad habits, such as smoking, discolor your teeth and now there are products that can be bought to help clean those stains so that they can be white once again. Though most people are happy with the appearance and feel of their teeth after they leave the dentist following their regular checkup and cleaning, some prefer to go above and beyond for clean teeth and desire products to help with teeth whitening. Before you choose a product, you should do your homework on the different products on the market.
The first step you should take in the research process is to consult your dentist at your regular check-up. He will know what procedure or product will be right for you because not every whitener is the same. If you have fillings or bonding in the front portion of your mouth, you may want to consider other options to whiten your teeth because they will not bleach well resulting in those areas sticking out in your newly whitened mouth.
If your dentist determines that you are a good candidate for the cleaning procedure, you will have several options. One of these is to have the them bleached in your dentist's office. This can usually be accomplished in one visit where the dentist will apply a gel to your gums for protection from the bleach. He will then use special lights or lasers to help speed up the process. You could also bleach them at home with whiteners that contain peroxide. These are usually purchased in gel form to be used according to manufacturer's directions. You could experience some sensitivity and irritation in the gums after using this product and could take several applications. Finally, you could use a whitening toothpaste and work on the process each time you brush your teeth. This toothpaste has special ingredients that aid in the teeth whitening process and help remove stains. They don't change your tooth color because they only work on the surface stains. Like bleach that you use at home, this will take several applications.
Bleaching does work in most situations, so make sure that you have consulted with your dentist before trying it at home. Then, when you are looking for the best teeth whitening system for your personal use, make sure that it is approved by the American Dental Association. That way you know that it has been tested and proven to be safe and effective.