It’s said that you only get one chance to make a first impression. If that’s true, then why wouldn’t you want that impression to include a brilliant, confident smile? As it turns out, many people agree: The teeth whitening industry is expected to grow to $10 billion globally by 2030. Over time, even teeth that are well cared for can begin to fade. While over-the-counter teeth whitening products are readily available, they provide inconsistent results. Unfortunately, many people end up spending more money on these OTC products that promise brilliantly white teeth but fail to deliver the desired results. The good news is there’s a reliable, professional way to whiten your teeth that will leave them looking like new: teeth bleaching.
Many of our favorite vices, such as coffee, soda, wine, and tobacco, can cause tooth staining, which can affect your self-image and make you hesitant to show off your smile. If you’re looking to brighten your teeth, Dr. Ferrari and the staff at Ferrari Dental can help you explore your options to find the best solution for you.
What Can Cause Tooth Stains?
Many factors cause tooth stains, but the most common discoloration problems are self-inflicted. Our diet and lifestyle choices create extrinsic stains, which are stains on the outside surface of the tooth enamel. Foods and drinks that cause extrinsic stains are usually ones that carry with them a strong color and taste. Foods such as berries and beverages like soda, coffee, tea, and red wine can all leave behind stains. Tobacco, both cigarettes and chewing tobacco, can also cause the luster of your teeth to fade.
Of course, the other way we can sabotage the look of our teeth is simply through poor oral hygiene. Inadequate brushing, infrequent flossing, and going days without proper dental care can contribute to a decline in oral health and compromise the appearance of our teeth.
Intrinsic stains are sub-surface discolorations that run deeper, affecting the dentin below the enamel. Causes of intrinsic stains include certain medications or medical procedures, excessive fluoride during childhood, or even tooth decay.
Aging plays its part, too—as we get older, our enamel thins, revealing more of the yellowish core tissue and making teeth look more faded or worn. Professional teeth bleaching is a common way to combat many of these stains, both above and below the surface.
Choosing a Teeth Bleaching Option
Contrary to popular misconceptions, the real power of teeth bleaching goes beyond appearance—it’s about how a great smile makes you feel. The improved confidence and self-esteem that come with a brilliant smile are valuable in their own right.
But why opt for professional teeth whitening when you can just buy some strips or paste at the drugstore? The problem with over-the-counter whitening options is that they’re not very reliable and not very strong. Not only does the application and outcome lack professional monitoring, but achieving an even coverage of the whitening agent or strip is challenging. If you’ve tried these options before, you’ve likely experienced the difficulty of precise application as you’ve contorted your face and lips in the bathroom mirror.
A professional whitening procedure is customized to your individual needs and goals. Under the experienced guidance of Dr. Ferrari, you’ll experience much more predictable and dramatic results.
Ferrari Dental offers two options for teeth bleaching: In-office bleaching is the fastest, most efficient way to whiten your teeth, while at-home whitening trays allow for professional-quality whitening from the comfort of your home.
Choosing a professional option ensures every tooth gets the careful attention it deserves.
What Are Whitening Trays?
If you’re looking for a professional cleaning option combined with the convenience of at-home use, teeth whitening trays may be best for you. These custom-made trays are created from a mold of your teeth, ensuring that the whitening gel is spread evenly over the surface of each tooth. Even if your teeth are perfectly straight, the over-the-counter whitening strips will still miss certain spots, leading to uneven whitening. Plus, our at-home trays are so comfortable that some patients even wear them at night!
Teeth Bleaching Aftercare
It’s silly to undergo a professional teeth bleaching procedure only to let your teeth go right back to the way they were. For at least the first day after treatment, refrain from consuming foods and beverages that have the power to discolor your teeth. Some patients experience increased sensitivity for a short period afterward, so you may want to use toothpaste for sensitive teeth. And, of course, daily oral hygiene, like brushing and flossing, as well as your regularly scheduled dental visits, will help keep your teeth feeling fresh and looking radiant.
The Road to a Brighter Smile: Teeth Bleaching at Ferrari Dental
It’s human nature to want to feel good about ourselves. With a professional teeth bleaching procedure at Ferrari Dental, you’ll want to show off your new smile to everyone you meet.
Dr. Ferrari and the team at Ferrari Dental are your go-to experts for teeth whitening in the Montville, NJ, area. Ready to enhance your smile? Contact us today to schedule a free teeth whitening consultation.