Fall has arrived. That means football. that means lots of pumpkin spice (for better or for worse).
It also means the leaves will be changing colors soon.
You can take some inspiration from nature. For different reasons, it’s natural and normal for leaves and your teeth to turn yellow, too, over time. Whether you prefer soft drinks or sweet tea, coffee or cupcakes, pasta or pizza, almost everything you consume affects the color of your smile.
Fortunately, you can restore the bright color of your teeth and the appearance of your smile. You can make a change with professional teeth whitening by visiting our dental office in Roswell, GA.
To see how much your smile could change, make plans to visit Dr. Jeffrey T. Fester’s office soon. Call 770-462-8963 today to schedule an appointment.
Noticing the Changes
Most of us don’t notice the gradual changes to the color of our teeth. It’s not like you go to bed with a bright smile and wake up with yellow, stained teeth.
Your teeth change a little over time. With every meal, every snack, and every sip, you add something.
Then one day, it hits you how different your smile looks. Maybe you notice while looking in the mirror while brushing your teeth. Maybe you realize the difference after looking at a recent picture with one from years ago on social media.
Whenever you notice it, however, it’s difficult to unsee. Several patients have told us how this realization made them feel self-conscious about smiling.
By getting teeth whitening, you can feel at ease letting others see your teeth again.
You’ve probably seen commercials for whitening products. You’ve seen the whitening toothpaste as well as strips and gels in the toothpaste aisle.
Those products can work to a degree, but they are not going to be as effective as professional whitening.
The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has looked into this. They found a few things you may want to know.
First, “whitening” can mean any reduction in the stains on your smile. Whitening toothpaste does not contain bleaching agents. That means it can’t remove deep stains below the surface of your teeth, but it can remove some surface stains from your smile.
Commercial whitening strips and gels do have bleaching agents. However, they are present in relatively low concentrations. That means they can remove more stain than toothpaste, but not as much as a professional product.
Professional products, like our Opalescence PF whitening system, contain much higher levels of bleaching agents. When used as directed, they can safely and effectively remove deep, set-in stains in a short amount of time.
Talk to Us First
One last thing to note from the ADA Council’s findings. They recommend talking to a dentist before using any whitening product with a bleaching agent. Not all discoloration is the result of staining, which means whitening may not be as effective for some people.
If whitening won’t work for you, dental veneers are another option for creating a bright smile again.