Every day, your teeth are susceptible to developing discoloration from the pigments in the foods and beverages you consume. Heavily pigmented foods, such as berries, coffee, and green tea, are common culprits of tooth discoloration. While you can take steps to limit your consumption of pigmented foods, tooth discoloration is pretty much inevitable. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. It really is possible to whiten your teeth. However, some methods may do more harm than good, which is why it’s best to see a cosmetic dentist to discuss teeth whitening on Long Island.
The Internet is full of misinformation. You might come across some websites that claim that you can whiten your teeth by scrubbing them with lemon slices and baking soda. Supposedly, the acidic quality of the lemon bleaches the teeth. In truth, exposing your teeth to acids can seriously harm them. The acids will eat away at the enamel of your teeth, making them more susceptible to problems like tooth sensitivity and cavities.
It’s also been claimed that scrubbing your teeth with activated charcoal will whiten them. However, a scientific review published in The Journal of the American Dental Association demonstrated that there is no evidence that activated charcoal is either safe for oral health or effective for whitening teeth. It’s best to avoid oral care products that contain it, as these are not endorsed by the ADA.
So if these “natural” remedies are unsafe and ineffective, how can you whiten your teeth? You’re likely to come across ADA-endorsed whitening products in the supermarket, such as whitening toothpastes and rinses. Unfortunately, these do not offer quick results, and they may sometimes irritate your gum tissues. The safest method that brings the best results quickly is to see your dentist for professional treatment.
Your dentist has access to professional-grade whitening solutions. If you choose an in-office treatment, the dentist will apply the potent gel with a protective tray. Then, the whitening solution will be activated with a special light for even better whitening results. The entire treatment takes less than one hour, and you’ll be able to enjoy your dramatic results immediately!
Another option is take-home trays. The dentist will create custom-made trays using impressions of your teeth. You’ll receive prescription-grade whitening gel to use at home at your convenience. Most patients are typically told to wear the trays for 30 minutes at a time for up to 10 days.
The most effective way to whiten your teeth is with a dentist’s help. You can schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry to discuss your teeth whitening options. We are pleased to offer effective in-office whitening systems, including Sinsational Smiles® with light activation that can get your teeth several shades whiter in just one office visit! We also offer custom-made take-home trays and prescription-grade whitening solutions for patients who prefer to do the treatment at home. Give us a call in Suffolk County, Long Island today to request an appointment.
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