Everyone loves a bright smile and many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily, flossing, and regular cleanings at your dentist. If you are interested in boosting your teeth’s sparkle, there are a variety of products and procedures on the market today to help.
Studies have shown that the whitening process can markedly whiten your teeth. Your results, of course, will vary since your starting point will likely be different and everyone’s teeth respond to the treatments differently. For example, whitening agents do not correct all types of soft discoloration. Yellowed teeth will probably bleach well, whereas teeth with a brownish cast or grayish hue may not bleach as well or at all. Also keep in mind that if you have had any bonding done or tooth colored fillings placed in your front teeth, the whitening agent will not affect the colors of these materials and they will stand out in your nice, new white smile. If you fall into this category, you may want to check into other options such as porcelain veneers, lumineers, or cosmetic bonding.
The long-term results depend primarily on each individual patient. If you drink a lot of coffee, tea, or smoke, the whitening effect will not last as long for you as those who do not.