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Article4: Teeth whitening to improve self-confidence


Everyone knows that a perfect smile boosts your self-esteem and determines other people around you to treat you differently. A common opinion about smiling is that it is a reflection of a person’s health, individuality and sexuality. However, not everyone is aware of this, but you can gain a look closer to perfection for your smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry.


Cosmetic dentistry is not yet very popular and many people do not know a lot about it. Nevertheless, if we try to make it easier for them to understand what it is and how it can improve one’s life, it will be beneficial for everybody. First, it is one of many disciplines within dentistry. Its primary focus is the modification and improvement of the patient’s oral cavity and adjoining structures. Some of the most common dental treatments in the cosmetic field are teeth whitening, enamel shaping, bonding and tooth veneers.

With the help of dental whitening procedures, you can lighten the color of your teeth and remove stains and discoloration. Aging, tobacco, tea, coffee, or cola drinks are only a few of the reasons for which the surface of the teeth stains. Dental whitening methods are different, depending on what you are willing to spend for them. Therefore, if you want to buy a bleaching kit from a local drugstore, from over the Internet or from any other source for a low price, also-called over-the-counter products, you will see that the results might not be exactly as expected. However, if you want breathtaking results, you should consider going to a dentist that specializes among other things in cosmetic dental treatments.


Of course, there is another choice for teeth whitening, namely the whitening toothpaste. Unfortunately, toothpastes help remove only the surface stains with the help of mild abrasives and do not contain bleach, as opposed to professional whitening products that contain hydrogen peroxide. This is a bleaching substance and removes not only the surface stains, but also stains deep in the tooth.

Over-the-counter products consist of whitening gels that one can apply on the teeth with a small brush and of whitening strips, which are very thin strips coated with peroxide-based whitening gel. Both products contain a much lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide than the products generally used in a professional cosmetic dentistry environment.

While there are a number of solutions for the whitening of teeth, if you choose the dentist, also called chair-side bleaching, you will find yourself spending more money than if you select over-the-counter products, but at the same time, you will receive a treatment fit for you, as well as close observation to what concerns the progress you are making. The latest technique in cosmetic dentistry is laser bleaching, which consists in applying a hydrogen peroxide gel over the teeth, after the dentist has isolated the soft tissues. After this, the dentist will use a laser to increase the whitening effects. Regardless of the selected procedure, teeth whitening results are not permanent and the whitening method needs periodic repetition, if you want to maintain the lighter color previously obtained for your teeth.

Teeth whitening products are not advisable for everyone. Some of the people who should not use dental bleaching products are pregnant women, children younger than 16 years of age, people who have sensitive teeth and gum diseases. In addition, you should know that dental whitening products will not work on crowns, veneers or exposed roots. If any of these are visible, you should talk to your dentist about replacing them, because they will be easily noticeable against your recently whitened teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry should occupy a bigger part of our oral hygiene; if we use properly teeth whitening procedures, we will gain a smile closer to perfection and we will enhance our life in more ways than we might expect.

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