Is Teeth Whitening Effective?

Well, yes and no

There are several different reasons that one might opt for a teeth whitening program. Some of the causes are things that can be changed, but there are also steps that you need to take after your whitening regiment to make certain the results last for the maximum amount of time possible.

Before you begin

An effective first step in this process would be to make an appointment with your dentist or orthodontist to gauge if your teeth are suitable for teeth whitening treatments. This is suggested for those who want dental treatment by a professional and those who want to attempt an over the counter treatment at home.

The fact of the matter is that all teeth are not created equal. Some individuals may simply not have teeth that can immediately undergo a whitening treatment and require additional steps to ensure dental health before starting any kind of treatment. Going to see your dentist is a very simple but very important step you must include in your treatment.

Maintaining your smile

No matter what procedure you decide to go with, you should make it a point to take proper care of your teeth after the completion of the process. The effect that you will get from a teeth whitening program is only going to remain if you take measures to help maintain it.

The easiest thing you can do to maintain your bright smile is to brush your teeth once or twice a day, but no more than three times a day. This will give you the best possible results for not only the brightness of your teeth, but your general dental health too.

Do not smoke. The initial bombardment to your health and quality of life aside, smoking is an assault on the brightness and health of your teeth. No type of whitening procedure that you complete, regardless of cost, will do you little or no good if you continue to smoke.

Be mindful that there are a number of food products, both natural and processed, that can stain your teeth if you have not guarded against them or consume them on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb to remember about stains is that if they stain your clothes, then they will also stain your teeth.

This isn't to say that you can't eat them, but a warning to brush your teeth if they have come into contact with the staining substance. It's important that you use abrasive toothpaste when you are brushing the remains of heavily colored food and drink, or it won't be as productive. Make a habit of using mouthwash between meals or at regular intervals throughout the day and you shouldn't have a horrible problem with your teeth deeply stained by food and drink.

Whitening your teeth can be a great experience, but do not forget that it is up to you, just as much as the whitening product, to maintain a healthy white smile.

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