Teeth whitening solutions are for those who have stained, dull or discolored teeth. The main causes of stained teeth are genetics, antibiotics, tobacco and certain foods. As we age, our teeth darken as well. Your dentist will explore different whitening options to achieve your desired results. (S)he will evaluate your smile and ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening.
Tooth whitening enhances the brightness of natural teeth but it’s not for everyone. In addition to discolored teeth, you may consider this service if you have:
- Sensitive teeth
- White spots or decay on your teeth
- Infected gums
- A bridge, crown, or other dental work (especially involving front teeth)
The lifespan of whitened teeth can range from 4-12 months, depending on the type of treatment used and your consumption of food and drink that can easily stain teeth (such as berries, coffee, and tea). To keep your teeth their whitest without undergoing tooth whitening treatment, practice good oral hygiene.
Teeth whitening isn’t for everybody so make sure to discuss your concerns with your dentist. If you decide that teeth whitening is for you, you have several options.