Are your stained teeth leaving you shy and timid in social situations? Do you find that you’re constantly covering up your teeth out of embarrassment? Did your new summer tan just make your teeth staining even more obvious? If so, then it might be time to consider teeth whitening.
At the office of Nataly Vilderman, DDS, in San Francisco, we’re here to cover all of your dental care needs, from the general and preventive to the cosmetic and reconstructive. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful guide to teeth whitening and how your summer tan will be the perfect compliment to your new, whiter smile.
As time goes on, your teeth become stained from certain foods, drinks, and the general stinging that comes from everyday living. To give yourself the best chance of maintaining a white, bright smile, you’ll want to avoid or limit the following foods and drinks:
You’ll also want to maintain proper oral hygiene. Remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and maintain your regular dental appointments, once every six months.
While whitening toothpastes and strips are available, they don’t work as well or as quickly as professional whitening. And, used over a period of time, whitening toothpaste wears down your enamel and causes sensitivity.
Professional whitening contains the maximum amount of safe whitening chemicals, like hydrogen peroxide and carbamide, to give you the best and most dramatic whitening results possible. Professional whitening gels also contain a desensitizer, such as potassium nitrate or fluoride, which reduces your sensitivity during your whitening procedure and leaves you as comfortable as possible.
The procedure is completed in an outpatient setting. It takes less than an hour to perform, so you could even schedule it on your lunch break.
The results of your whitening last longer, too. You can expect your teeth to remain white for six months to a year. You’ll maintain better results if you take care of your teeth via regular oral hygiene and dental appointments.
To learn more about professional teeth whitening and to schedule your appointment at Nataly Vilderman, DDS, call 415-665-7800 or book an appointment online.