The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening (also known as bleaching) is an increasingly common cosmetic dental practice, especially for people with healthy teeth that are simply discolored. It is not a solution for teeth that are infected or showing signs of decay. If the latter is the case, it’s recommended that you set an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists in Eagan for a cleaning and examination.
Teeth whitening is a purely a cosmetic dental procedure. It is a simple way for people to enjoy a boost to their appearance, self-esteem, and feel more comfortable in social situations without undergoing more complicated or costly cosmetic procedures.
IS TEETH WHITENING RIGHT FOR YOU?
While dental teeth bleaching is an affordable and effective cosmetic dental procedure, there are some reasons you might consider avoiding it. These include:
- If you’re under 16 years of age, or are pregnant.
- If you already suffer from sensitive teeth or have oral allergies.
- If you have severe tooth decay or gum disease.
- If you already have dental fillings or crowns in place (as these do not bleach and so will contrast with whitened enamel).
TEETH WHITENING METHODS
There are numerous professional and at-home dental bleaching methods available today, running a wide range of complexity and price. Depending on your budget, schedule, and oral sensitivity, you may find one of the following to be your best option:
Whitening Strips and Gels – Teeth bleaching strips and gels are often found in over-the-counter packages and can be applied at home. The strips and gels are applied directly to the teeth.
Tray Tooth Whitening – This method involves trays that cover your upper and lower sets of teeth. The trays are filled with a dental bleaching gel, and placed in your mouth for different lengths of time and frequency based upon the strength of the product used.
In-Office Whitening – Handled by dental professionals, these procedures are quicker than the at-home options, and may provide excellent results after just one visit.
Consult with one of our cosmetic dental experts in Eagan to see if dental bleaching is best for you and which teeth whitening procedure fits your circumstances.