Is Teeth Whitening Right for You?Are you looking for a cost effective way to improve your smile and overall image? If so, you might be a candidate for teeth whitening treatments. While there are plenty of kits available at your local drugstore, discount store, or grocery store, there are a few things you should keep in mind before opening your wallet. Over the counter kits might be a fit for some patients, however there are times when a professional treatment is more appropriate. Since your smile is a vital part of your image, we’ve prepared a few helpful tips to help you make the right decision when it comes to developing your teeth whitening goals. Setting realistic expectations Unfortunately, many patients often undergo teeth whitening treatments, only to be unsatisfied because their goals weren’t reached. As research has found, people’s definitions of white smiles have been changing the past few years. Ronald Perry, director of Gavel Center for Restorative Research at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine found that most people view yesterday’s white as today’s yellow. With Photoshop and other editing suites, the media today is filled with unrealistic images of people, often causing misconceptions which can cause short and long-term damage. Before you start any whitening regimen, you should have a basic understanding of the treatments and lifestyle changes they require. As a rule of thumb, you should not expect a “Hollywood Smile” from whitening, most celebrity smiles are porcelain veneers.
- Staining foods: Tomato sauces, blueberries, dark chocolate, spinach, and certain soups
- Dark beverages: Dark soft drinks, coffee, tea, and red wine
- Acidic foods: Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, pineapple, vinegar, pickles and soft drinks
- Cold food and drinks: For up to 36 hours after you finish your treatment your teeth might be more sensitive to temperature changes. If you really want to have ice cream, yogurt, and other cold snacks, you should let them reach room temperature.
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