Teeth Whitening Salt Lake City

Teeth Whitening Salt Lake CityWith every smile comes an immediate impression and impact on those you cross paths with. Those with full, bright smiles come across as youthful, happy and healthy. The quickest and most cost-effective way to brighten your smile is to whiten your teeth, and if you want the best teeth whitening Salt Lake City has to offer, look no further than Canyon Rim Dental.

What a Smile Means to You

At Canyon Rim Dental, we understand how important your smile is. In general, our society places a high value on smiles and their appearance, according to many studies. One such study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry collected survey results and concluded the following:

•  Approximately 99.7 percent of adults consider their smile to be extremely important to their social life. Additionally, roughly ninety-six percent of adults believe the opposite sex is considerably more attractive when they have a bright and good-looking smile.

• Seventy-four percent of adults believe you have an advantage in the workforce with an attractive smile, and that those with “unattractive” smiles have a lesser chance to achieve high levels of success.

• As part of the survey, this question was asked, “What would you like to improve most about your smile?” Most respondents replied saying it is whiter and brighter teeth.

If you aren’t happy with the way your smile looks, you may want to consider seeking teeth whitening treatment.

What Causes Teeth Discoloration?

Deciduous (or baby) teeth are typically much whiter than the average teeth of adults. Smiles and teeth generally grow darker with age, turning a yellowish hue. For this reason those with whiter teeth look younger than those with darker smiles.

There are many ways by which you can whiten your teeth, but there are even more ways to stain or discolor your teeth and smile. Some of the primary causes of tooth stains and discoloration are:

• Coffee, tea, and cola are the most common drinks that stain teeth.  Apples, carrots, and potatoes are a few on the long list of fruits and vegetables that can stain teeth. 

• Genetics

• Lack of good dental hygiene

• Advancing age

• Drug and tobacco use

• Various medications

 

Your Whitening Options

You have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to whitening your teeth to get the smile you’ve always wanted.  Those options are either performed via in-office procedures at a dental practice, or try take-home treatments either provided by a dentist or purchased over-the-counter.  Like anything, any option comes with advantages and disadvantages.

In-Office Whitening Treatment

In-office teeth whitening has quickly turned into one of the more prevalent dental treatments in the world. Whitening treatments performed by dentists are performed in highly monitored conditions, creating a safe and painless experience through the use of highly-concentrated bleaching gel, which provides instantaneous results.

In-Office Whitening Advantages

• Is the whitening treatment with the fastest results.

• It is the safest way to whiten teeth.

• New gels help eliminate gum and tooth pain that comes from bleaching.

In-Office Whitening Disadvantages

• Incurs a higher cost than alternative take-home solutions – typically costing around 40 percent more.

• The results can be unpredictable at times, due to variables such as age, heredity, and various types of stains on the teeth.

• It is not meant to be a permanent solutions to dark or stained teeth.  The teeth will once again begin accumulating stains and become discolored after the treatment is complete.  This is why most dentists recommend using take-home trays to continue bleaching the teeth and maintaining the effects of the teeth whitening treatment.

Most Easily-Removed Stains

Certain stains are easier to remove than others through in-office teeth whitening procedures, they include stains caused by:

• Advancing age – teeth with grey, yellow, and brown stains.  Teeth with yellow discoloration are generally the easiest to whiten.

• Tobacco use.

• Soda, coffee, red wine, and dark fruits/vegetables.

Difficult Stains to Remove

• Inorganic stains do not react extremely well to in-office whitening treatments.

• Overexposure to fluoride, causing fluorosis and leading to the discoloration of teeth. Dentin that becomes darkened by trauma.

• Dentin that becomes darkened by trauma.

At Home Bleaching

If you have no objection waiting multiple weeks before receiving visible results from a whitening treatment, take-home whitening kits may fulfill all your needs.  There are some intriguing advances to going this route:

• Efficiency – Take-home bleaching kits don’t produce results as quickly as in-office procedures do, but they provide results that are significantly faster than over-the-counter products.

• Cost – The prices for in-office whitening can vary greatly depending on the dentist, but at-home treatment will be much more cost-effective.  Take-home treatment costs more than over-the-counter solutions, but you certainly get what you pay for and will obtain better results with a kit from the dentist.

• Comfort – Take-home trays are custom-fitted to your teeth.  The material they are made from is thin and designed to fit comfortably in your mouth.  These trays do not slip or move around inside the mouth, and there is no need to worry about scheduling visits with a dentist – it’s extremely convenient and you choose when to put the trays in.

Over-the-Counter Options

As stated numerous times in this post, over-the-counter solutions won’t be as effective as in-office or take-home treatments.  That hasn’t prevented them from becoming commercially successful and gaining popularity as a viable teeth whitening option.  Their low cost and convenience are a huge plus, so those who feel they cannot afford more effective options can still find ways to whiten their teeth.  The most common products are whitening strips, mouth trays with bleach, paint-on tooth gels, and whitening toothpaste.

What’s Best For Me?

If you have any questions about your options and what is best for you, do your smile a favor and call Canyon Rim Dental today at (801) 486-3887 to get expert advice and guidance or click Contact Us to find the best solution for you. For more information about our Salt Lake City dental practice click here!

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