Tooth whitening can be a very effective dental treatment for lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces.
The active ingredient in professional teeth whitening
products is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth color is made lighter. The whitener effects are thought to last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. Teeth whitening is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your tooth. It is important to be diagnosed by a cosmetic dental care specialist before you start the treatment.
You can help to keep your bright white smile by cutting down on the amount of food and drinks you have that can stain teeth. Don’t forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discoloration and staining.
We recommend the following tips to take care of your teeth:
Visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend.
Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with fluoride toothpaste.
Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.