All About Whitening Those Teeth 

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InvisalignA beautiful white smile is something that everybody wants. However, over time, teeth may yellow or even become stained. This can undoubtedly take a toll on your self-esteem and also cause you to hide your smile. If this sounds like you, then please keep reading.

Fortunately, there is a solution to this. Teeth whitening is one of the most sought-after cosmetic dentistry procedures out there. It is painless, doesn’t require any type of extensive operation, and results can be achieved in as little as two weeks. 

Convenience coupled with fantastic results makes teeth whitening one of the fastest and most natural things that people can do to remedy their smile. It’s as simple as discussing your options with your dentist and then choosing the right treatment plan for you. In a matter of days, you can be showing off your beautiful pearly whites! 

What Can’t Whitening Achieve?

It’s important to understand that teeth whitening is simply that—a process that whitens your teeth. It doesn’t repair cavities or address any type of dental or gum disease. If you suffer from tooth decay or other serious condition, teeth whitening will do nothing to fix it.  This is why it is incredibly essential to go over your options with your dentist before settling on any type of cosmetic dental procedure. 

Why Do People Whiten Their Teeth?

Obviously, most people whiten their teeth because their teeth have changed color over time. Sometimes, this happens due to the foods that we eat or even genetics. For some people, even healthy teeth look dingy and yellow. In order to jumpstart their smile, teeth whitening can certainly do the trick! Of course, you’ll want to be fully informed about the process as well as how often you should expect to do a touch-up treatment. 

Whitening TrayTake-Home Trays 

The most convenient option is the take-home trays. This allows you to use whitening gel in custom trays in the comfort of your own home. Simply place the gel in the trays, apply to your teeth for one hour per day, and in about two weeks, you’ll achieve results. Of course, results may vary, and you’ll need to use the trays in the future for touch-up whitening. However, you’ll need to visit the office in order to get more gel. 

Pros of Whitening Teeth

There are many advantages to whitening your teeth. Not only is it a convenient option, but the process is painless and non-invasive. Once results are achieved, people instantly feel more confident and happier with their image. This small boost can really go a long way in helping people feel better about their appearance. 

Cons of Whitening Teeth

The disadvantage of whitening teeth mostly has to do with the fact that the results are not permanent. It’s impossible to tell a patient what their results will look like, and sometimes people’s teeth simply can’t be whitened beyond a particular shade. It can be frustrating for people to know that they must complete whitening periodically in order to maintain their results, and this may be a financial concern for some people. 

Additionally, some people report that they have short-term pain and sensitivity in their teeth, which usually subsides after a few days. However, some people experience tooth sensitivity during each treatment, and this is something you’ll need to evaluate as you move forward with the process. Your dentist may be able to offer additional insight on how to handle this symptom. 

Know You Aren’t Alone

Sometimes, people may feel a little uneasy about doing anything that may change their appearance. Teeth whitening is incredibly common. Don’t feel like you’re the only person on the planet who does this! It is likely that if you see an eye-catching smile, then that person may have had their teeth whitened. Plus, people will definitely notice a difference, but it’s subtly achieved over a period of time. Dentists around the country can vouch that this is one of the most sought-after procedures that they offer. 

Contact Us

Everybody deserves to have the smile that they want! Are you interested in our teeth whitening option? If so, please contact our offices today for more information. At Lockhart Dentistry, we are committed to serving each and every one of our patients and answering their questions to our fullest ability. Call us today to learn more (317) 449-8050.  

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