The appearance of your teeth can sometimes be deceiving. For example, they seem completely healthy when you view them in the mirror, yet one of them may have a cavity that you haven’t realized yet. On the other hand, your teeth might seem like their health is threatened due to visible staining, yet the stains may not actually indicate a problem with their structure. When teeth stain, the issue is often an accumulation of staining molecules and other deposits that has formed on their surfaces. With the right teeth-whitening treatment, we can help most patients easily erase their teeth stains and brighten their smiles, as well as help them keep their smiles bright long after treatment.
Teeth-whitening has become such a popular and non-invasive treatment option that there are numerous over-the-counter products that promise to offer similar results. However, teeth-whitening is safest and most effective when it’s designed professionally by your dentist, rather than purchased at a grocery store or pharmacy. Before recommending it, your dentist can thoroughly examine your teeth to ensure that their stains will respond to teeth-whitening treatment to ensure its success. The whitening agent your dentist provides is also significantly more effective than store-bought products, improving the results of your whitening treatment.
In addition to being more effective than OTC products, professional teeth-whitening treatment also comes with the advantage of having your dentist thoroughly examine your smile. If your teeth are discolored because of a more serious underlying condition, or if one or more of them exhibit tooth decay or damage, then teeth-whitening may not be your best treatment option. Failing to address the concern can lead to greater problems for your teeth and oral health down the road, even if your teeth do appear brighter for the time being. Before long, the condition may lead to much more than just tooth discoloration, and you may need more extensive treatment to restore your smile.
No matter how effective your teeth-whitening treatment is, common teeth stains can develop naturally over time. The better you care for your teeth by brushing and flossing them every day, and cleaning them professionally at least twice a year, the longer you can enjoy a brighter, healthier looking smile. Following your teeth-whitening treatment, be sure to keep up with good daily hygiene practices, and stick to a schedule of checkup and cleaning appointments at your dentist’s office.
Teeth-whitening can help you brighten your smile, but it takes regular care and attention to make sure your smile stays bright. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.