Beaming a huge smile and showing the world your pearly whites is a sign of confidence. But when your teeth are not as dazzling as how you’d like them to be, it might be the perfect time to consider undergoing teeth whitening treatments to help you bring back your confidence.

Why are your teeth not as white as they used to be?

Your lifestyle choices could be the number one cause of teeth discoloration. Drinking coffee, tea, soda, and other colored beverages (such as red wine) over time can lead to a build-up of teeth stains. Other factors such as the natural degradation of teeth due to aging, poor dental hygiene, and dental illnesses can contribute to teeth discoloration.

How can I bring my teeth back to its color?

Through teeth whitening. This is a procedure that gained popularity in the last century however, history tells us that the Egyptians from 4000 years ago already considered white teeth as a mark of beauty and abundance. They created a paste made of vinegar and ground stone to whiten teeth. Fortunately, 21st-century technology has allowed us to achieve the same whitening effects using easier methods.

There are two ways that you can do teeth whitening: do it by yourself with over-the-counter whitening packs or with a visit to your dentist.

Should I do it myself or visit my dentist?

Visit your dentist. Even if you decide to DIY eventually, an initial check-up with your dentist will provide you with more information such as the underlying causes of teeth discoloration. If you have had a root canal, teeth whitening procedures may not achieve your desired results. A visit to the dentist will help you determine if this is a procedure that will suit you. Otherwise, your dentist will be able to suggest other forms of dental treatment.

DIY whitening packs from the pharmacy are cheaper however, the effectiveness cannot be compared to a teeth whitening procedure done in-office. Your dentist will be able to gauge the right amount of bleaching ingredients to attain the level of whiteness that you want to achieve.

In the dental office, your dentist will ensure that your dental trays fit your teeth. When you DIY with whitening strips, the store-bought tray may not fit your teeth and bite size. A trip to the dentist will cost you more upfront but in the long run, you will get to save money because of the effectiveness of the procedure compared to DIY.

How long will the effects of teeth whitening last?

Restoring your teeth to its natural color is similar to getting a clean slate. Normally, patients who have undergone teeth whitening procedures become aware and mindful of the causes of discoloration. If you take good care of it through proper dental hygiene (flossing and brushing), regular visits to the dentist for cleaning, and with lifestyle changes (avoiding smoking and colored beverages), you will be able to maintain a brilliant smile.

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