Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening is a procedure to restore a tooth or teeth to a natural shade and/or beyond. The most common causes of tooth discoloration, usually of a yellowish shade, are stains onset by the consumption of tobacco, coffee, tea, or wine(Specifically Red). There are also more internal, disease provoked factors usually related to liver disease. There a many types of treatments both professionally or home-remedy based.

Bleaching

This procedure can be done at home or at the dentists where the usage would likely be stronger due to the safer nature of the application. It can also be sped with the proper addition of light and heat. This may cost between $500 and $1000. Direct application of the bleach-based solution is used in certain cycles to remove stains from teeth. At home-remedies of the similar kind are bleach-based gel strips and toothpaste.

Pros: Not overly expensive and often successful

Cons: Will not work on porcelain crowns or composite bondings

Laser

This procedure refers to laser stain removable. The highly powerful directive, UV laser lights shine on the teeth destroying the microbes of the stains thus removing the stains.

Pros: Highly effective

Cons: Highly expensive based on initial treatment (Upwards of $1000)  and maintenance costs(Upwards of $500). Takes time, multiple 1-hour treatments/appointments must be made.

Preventative Measures

  • Regular Proper Tooth Cleaning- 2 Times a day for at least 2 minutes each
  • Drink Coffee and Tea with a straw past the teeth
  • Quit the consumption of tobacco both smoking and chewing
  • Floss with regularity
  • Limit alcohol consumption and eat fresh foods