You may notice one thing many celebrities have in common – a radiant, white, perfect smile.
To achieve this look, most have undergone some form of cosmetic dentistry. But did you know you can also obtain a beautiful smile like your fave celeb? These days there are many widely accessible cosmetic dental procedures available to you. To improve the appearance of a patient’s smile, a cosmetic dentist will focus on the size, shape, alignment, and whiteness of the teeth. To achieve that celebrity smile, a few procedures might be used, including whitening, veneers, crowns, or bridges. In this post, we’re going to be focusing on teeth whitening. Do at-home methods work to whiten teeth? Should you get your teeth whitened professionally at your dentist? Is whitening safe for tooth enamel? Keep reading to find out!
Teeth Whitening at Home
You can whiten your teeth from home in a few ways. Several types of whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, or whitening strips are available. Even a healthy diet can contribute to a whiter smile. If you keep up with your regular oral hygiene habits and have minimal surface stains on your teeth, you may have success with at-home methods alone. However, if you have severe stains or are looking for a more dramatic change, professional teeth whitening from your dentist will give the best results.
Professional Teeth Whitening
An over-the-counter method won’t be enough if you are looking for that celebrity smile. You will need to visit your dentist for professional teeth whitening. Renew Dental offers at-home teeth whitening trays so that you can get whiter and brighter teeth from your home. Your professional take-home kit will contain a custom-made tray designed to fit you perfectly based on a digital scan of your teeth. The custom fit will ensure your teeth are whitened evenly to achieve that star smile! You’ll wear the tray with a special whitening gel for about 2-3 hours before removing it.
Teeth Whitening and Enamel
One concern you might have if you’re considering whitening your teeth is – does teeth whitening damage tooth enamel? Enamel is the thin outer layer of the tooth and the tooth’s first defense from harm. Enamel is a hard substance that is tough – but not indestructible. Tooth enamel cannot repair itself, so unfortunately, once it is gone, it is gone forever. So back to our question – does teeth whitening damage enamel? The short answer is yes and no. Proper teeth whitening is safe for your teeth. If you use any at-home kits, such as whitening strips, follow all package directions and be careful not to overuse them. Avoid any “DIY remedies” that might be abrasive and cause damage to your teeth. Some tooth sensitivity is normal with at-home kits and professional whitening from your dentist; however, severe or prolonged sensitivity can indicate that you are harming your teeth. One of the best ways to prevent damage to your tooth enamel is to avoid sugary foods and beverages.