Once the tooth fairy stops leaving treasures under your pillow, your pearly whites usually start a journey toward becoming more of a pearly yellow/brown/grey. If that’s the case, don’t berate yourself for it. It happens to everyone.
First and foremost you’ll want to be sure that you’re brushing and flossing every day to reduce the natural discoloration that can happen over time. But for some, this may not be enough and our smiles are an important part of how we see ourselves. So if you would like to improve your grin, you may be interested in doing some teeth whitening.
How Do You Whiten Your Teeth?
There are several options for bleaching your teeth back to your preferred shade of white. The easiest and cheapest option is toothpaste with teeth whitening capabilities. Be sure to look for the American Dental Associate stamp of approval to ensure you’re getting the highest quality and safest product for your mouth.
Another way is to get help straight from your dentist. These will very likely be the most heavy-duty bleaching options. The dentist would be able to make a tray mold of your teeth and give you whitening gel either applied right there in the office or that you take home to apply for yourself. The good thing about having a mold made of your exact teeth is that the whitening product will be held more closely and directly to your tooth.
Lastly, there are over-the-counter options that are likely to be more affordable. The process could still be a one-size-fits-all tray or it could be strips that go straight on your teeth. Again, the bleaching agent for these would be less concentrated than what you’d get at the dentist. So do a little research to make the best possible choice for your personal needs.
Do I Have To Get My Teeth Whitened?
There are a lot of benefits to teeth whitening, but certainly, it is a cosmetic issue not a life or death kind of situation. It’s more essential for your mental and emotional health than for your physical health.
But no matter which route you go, it is often a pain-free process. Some people do experience tooth sensitivity with the stronger products, but it is all designed to be easy.
As you’re deciding, think about your confidence. Will you feel better as you are or do you think having a little more sparkle in your smile might improve things. Do you have any special events coming up? Are you going to be taking pictures or appear on-camera any time soon? Granted, a photo editor app can do a lot to improve any imperfections for Instagram. But if it’s a problem that bugs you AND you can fix it at the source, you’ll be saving yourself time, effort, and stress. You deserve to be happy in your skin. Shiny, white teeth can go a long way toward helping with that.
Who Is Teeth Whitening For?
Addressing teeth stains by cleaning and whitening is the most common procedure done at any dentist. It can easily and quickly improve your natural teeth. Unfortunately, however, it doesn’t usually work for crowns, bridges, fillings caps, or veneers.
Check with your dentist to discuss all the options, but usually, if you’re older than 14 and you have had the color of your natural teeth affected by food, drink, injury, medication, smoking, or general use over your lifetime, teeth whitening could be great for you.