Extrinsic dental stains refer to those that occur on the surface of our teeth, on the enamel layer. These are typically the result of exposure to colorful foods and drinks, as well as tobacco for some. Regular brushing and cleanings at our dentist's office can protect us against plaque-related stains. But for the rest of it, good dental hygiene may not be enough. It's for these cases that we turn to whitening products, and while effective there are differences to consider among them. To learn more about our options we can turn to our Merrimack, NH, dentist Dr. James Savickas.
Tooth whitening toothpaste can improve the appearance of our teeth but it could take several weeks until we see noticeable results. Some of these toothpaste options also include a special chemical that adheres to our teeth and makes them appear less yellow.
Over the Counter Whitening Products
For somewhat improved results, over-the-counter whitening products can prove beneficial for those wanting more than what toothpaste can provide. These use bleaching agents that break down the stains and make our teeth look shades whiter. There are a variety of kits available, each with its own set of precautions to take into account, and it's important also to verify that these products are ADA certified and approved by our dentist.
Our dentist can also provide the best whitening option than any over-the-counter product or toothpaste. In-office teeth whitening is often done in a single session, usually employing the same bleaching agents as with many over-the-counter products. But because the procedure is performed under the professional guidance of our dentist more potent versions of these same agents can be used for a brighter whiter smile much faster than with the alternatives.
But if we still wish for the convenience of at-home whitening, our dentist also offers a take-home whitening kit. These are custom trays onto which we apply the whitening solution and wear them for the specified amount of time.
Teeth Whitening in Merrimack, NH
We have options for brightening our smile and whatever our choice it's still very important to come in for a consultation before undertaking any whitening procedure. To do so, we can dial (603) 880-0712 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Savickas in Merrimack, NH.