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Know Before You Go: 3 Types of Procedures for Teeth Whitening

Smiling woman with white teeth

Most people think that tooth whitening is all Vanity Fair until they find themselves in need of the service. The truth of the matter is that how your teeth look impacts your self-confidence. Besides, tooth discoloration often comes with odors which are not only uncomfortable for other people but could also escalate to cause infections.

In Meridian, you might want to look for dental care if your teeth begin to change color either due to smoking or taking too much coffee. Age can also cause your teeth to begin to lose color. Scott W. Grant, DMD shares three common procedures used to whiten teeth:

1. Toothpaste

All toothpaste contains an abrasive that helps to remove surface stains. No wonder dentists advise that you brush your teeth a minimum of two times a day. Besides, there are kinds of toothpaste that have chemicals or polishing agents that help to whiten teeth. Only be prepared to commit to using the paste for several weeks before you can see results.

2. Gels and strips

Strips and gels are based on peroxide. You apply the gel using a brush according to the instructions on the product. Gels last up to four months. On the other hand, strips are applied twice a day for half an hour, and you do this for a fortnight. Gel results are much easier to realize.

3. Bleaching

Bleaching is the most effective teeth whitening procedure. The medical professional uses bleaching agents, roughly 20% carbamide peroxide. They ensure that the rest of your mouth is protected from the bleach. Most people see instant results after bleaching, but sometimes several appointments may become necessary.

Tooth whitening is not about changing the color of your teeth. It is about removing surface stains so that your teeth are brighter. Remember that the procedures work alongside proper hygiene. Be sure to do away with habits that cause discoloration, like smoking.

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