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Teeth Whitening 101

Aug 17, 2007
In this day and age, having the brightest, whitest teeth possible has become commonplace. The tooth whitening industry has quickly become a multi million dollar business, with companies vying to compete by introducing new products designed to give consumers the whitest smile in the shortest amount of time. Crest, Colgate, Rembrandt and other name brand companies have all created products that reportedly whiten your smile and give you those pearly whites you've always desired. However, while whitening products may seem like a quick fix for teeth that are less than picture perfect, it's important to know how to prevent stains from even forming on your teeth to begin with.

Coffee, dark colas, red wine and tea drinkers should all take note that these beverages are heavy hitters when it comes to tooth stains. Certain compounds in these drinks work to create stains on your pearly whites, making them yellow and dull. Cigarette smoking also contributes to staining, and those who smoke should seriously consider quitting to prolong the beauty of their teeth. Even the strongest whitening products don't entirely cover up stains from cigarettes and can leave you with less than stellar results. It's also important to remember to check the ingredients for each product you're considering to make sure the product is safe.

For people with stains that simple drugstore products cannot help, there are several dental procedures that can brighten your smile drastically, and increase the whiteness of your teeth - for a price. Those with moderate or severe stains are advised to consult with their dentist about a course of treatment that will work for them. From chair-side bleaching to special trays customized to fit your mouth with a bleaching gel, these dental procedures cost a lot more than typical drugstore products, but will allow you to obtain much better results.

Regardless of your teeth whitening needs, there's a product or procedure that will more than likely work for you. However, to truly reap the benefits of your newly whitened smile it's important to eliminate or significantly reduce your contact with stain inducing habits, foods and beverages. Proper dental care is also essential to maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile. If you desire a picture perfect smile, whitening products can help but only if you are committed to the upkeep required to maintain your pearly whites for years to come.

With teeth whitening becoming more popular as Hollywood influences more younger people to look like celebrities it is inevitable the market for whitening products will only grow in the near future.
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