Teeth Whitening Richmond, VA
People ask us all the time, “What is the thing that I can do to my smile that will make the biggest aesthetic difference?” Our answer is, “Tooth whitening!” Not only does it make the most dramatic difference in your smile, it is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to give your smile an aesthetic boost. Because of how many different teeth whitening options there are on the market today, it’s important to be educated on what is worth the expense and what you should avoid.
Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth
There is no reason not to have a nice, white smile. It makes such a big difference in your appearance, especially considering that great first impressions always start and end with a smile. Some people have no issue keeping their teeth white without the help of whitening agents, but the vast majority of people will end up needing some help with keeping their teeth sparkling.
Some reasons that you might need to have your teeth whitened include:
|•||Brown or yellow staining because of acidic foods or tobacco use|
|•||Uneven color due to fluorosis (an overabundance of fluoride during tooth development)|
|•||Stains caused by certain medications|
|•||Enamel that thins and wears down over time|
That’s right, the enamel that acts as a protective layer to your teeth is actually what makes your teeth appear white. Over time, as the enamel on your teeth wears down, so does the white color.
Which teeth whitening process is worth it?
There are so many different products and solutions to teeth whitening that it can be really hard to tell which ones will actually end up doing the job well. A good rule of thumb when it comes to this issue is – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Over-the-counter tooth whitening products generally won’t produce much of a result in whitening your teeth, if any. Most of these products use such a low dose of whitening agent that it takes many months of use to whiten them even a shade or two. This kind of slow progress can be easily offset by the continued consumption of something as innocuous as coffee. Toothpastes and mouthwashes that claim to whiten teeth probably aren’t a good investment. There are some strips and gels that do a decent job of whitening but they often require a decent amount of dedication and effort on your part.
When you are seriously considering whitening your teeth and are not interested in the long wait, consider giving us a call at (804) 554-5599 and scheduling an appointment for a professional tooth whitening procedure. We can whiten your teeth by as many shades as you would like in about an hour.
What to Expect After Whitening Your Teeth
It’s totally normal for your teeth to be sensitive for a day or two following any whitening procedure. Consider buying a toothpaste that is made for sensitive teeth as this is often a good remedy to the issue.