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Achieving the Perfect Smile Today

Apr 24, 2008
It's pretty common to long for a really great smile. A kind of smile that shines whitely and brightly that you can show to the world. The dream of the perfect smile is becoming more attainable and people are spending much of their incomes on teeth whitening procedures. With the latest technology it is not uncommon to go into the dentist for teeth whitening procedures to try to get that perfect smile.

Teeth whitening had been an effective procedure to lighten the color of the teeth, without taking away any of the tooth surface. It will not completely whiten the whole set of teeth; it will just lighten the existing color of the teeth. Only a few are blessed with pearly white teeth, and our teeth normally become discolored as we grow up.

With the food and drink we subject our teeth to our teeth can become stained. Things like coffee and tea and even red wine can discolor our teeth and smoking will really yellow the teeth. Tiny cracks in the teeth can even cause discoloration underneath the tooth surface.

The teeth bleaching procedure is the most popular and economic way to lighten the teeth. Teeth bleaching procedures require a special gel or rubber guard to be placed on the gums to protect them. A bleaching solution is then placed in a mouth shaped tray that is specially fitted to your teeth. Before any bleaching process discuss everything with your dentist beforehand.

The active chemicals in the whitening product are usually carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. As these chemicals break down they allow oxygen to enter the enamel of the tooth and cause a bleaching reaction. This treatment is conducted over a period of about 3 to 4 weeks.

The teeth whitening product usually contains carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide as the 'active ingredients'. When these ingredients break down, the oxygen enters the enamel of your teeth thus, making the color lighter. The entire treatment can be completed in three to four weeks time.

For those who wish to undergo to this treatment, you will need at least three visits to the dentist. On your first visit, the dentist will create a mouth-guard and take a caricature or impressions of it. Once the treatment has started, it is recommended that you continue it at home. You have to regularly apply the teeth whitening product over four weeks, for at least 30 minutes at a time.

Laser Whitening. This is also called the "power whitening". Though expensive, a lot of people especially artists consider it as the best teeth whitening method. During this process, a rubber dam is placed over your teeth to shield the gums, and the whitening product is then painted on your teeth. A laser will be used to stimulate the chemical. The light will help boost the chemical reaction of the bleaching product, thus the color change can be attained more rapidly.

A rubber dam protects the soft tissue and is placed over the teeth in laser whitening. The whitening solution is painted directly on the teeth instead of using the tray. To activate the solution a laser is used. The light will accelerate the chemical reaction and the lightening effect is often seen immediately.

The whitening effect of the laser whitening procedure can often last up to three years. Of course you are advised to avoid teeth discoloring activities such as smoking, drinking coffee and red wine and eating foods that may stain the teeth as well. Some people report a sensitivity of the tooth after treatment; however, they usually go away within a week.

There are other types of whitening for the teeth; the aforementioned ones were just the most popular. The cost can be significant but is nearly always worth it. There's nothing like the feeling you get when you flash that perfect smile.
About the Author
Holly Hillsbrand is a beauty and fitness expert. She contributes to the website Porcelain Veneers as a beauty consultant. Living in Florida, Holly acquired her own application of Miami Porcelain Veneers .
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