Torrance Teeth Whitening
Why are so many of us considering having our teeth whitened, either by ourselves or by a Torrance cosmetic dentist or other dental professional? There are many reason our teeth change color over time. Over the years, teeth darken as a result of wear and tear and stain accumulation from many of the food and drinks we consume. There is also a direct correlation between tooth color and age.
Most Torrance cosmetic dentists will tell you that the habitual consumption of red wine, coffee, tea, cola, carrots, oranges and other deeply-colored beverages and foods causes considerable staining over the years. Cosmetic dentists will tell you that nicotine also leaves deposits which slowly soak into the tooth structure and cause a brownish discoloration.
There are three major teeth whitening options available today.
- In Office Professional Whitening: You can get fast results and the whitening is applied by your Torrance dentist or cosmetic dentist, and is fairly expensive.
- Professionally Dispensed Take-Home Whitening Kits: Many cosmetic dentists are of the opinion that professionally dispensed take-home whitening kits can produce the best results over the long haul. cost: $100 to $400.
- Over-the-Counter Whitening Methods: The cheapest and most convenient of the teeth whitening options. cost: $20 to $100.
The question is “how white is enough”? Before you embark on any whitening treatment, ask your Torrance cosmetic dentist for a realistic idea of the results you are likely to achieve and how long it should take to achieve them.
Another important aspect of teeth whitening is what is safe and what are the risks, and again, ask your cosmetic dentist about the risks involved with teeth whitening.