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Should you whiten your teeth?

A beautiful smile is not just an indicator of healthy teeth, but also an integral part of an attractive appearance. Who hasn't dreamed of a "Hollywood smile"? Alas, with age, not everyone manages to keep their teeth white and their smile attractive. Most often, "Hollywood" whiteness is achieved through dental implantation. But there are other options as well.

Why do our teeth turn yellow? The natural whiteness of the teeth is given by a protective layer of enamel. Over time, it becomes thinner, and the next layer begins to appear through it - yellow dentin.

More teeth turn yellow in those who love sweets. In the process of digesting sugar, the bacteria in the mouth produce acid that eats away at the enamel. Tiny pores appear in the teeth, in which pigments of coffee, tea, berries, juices, cola and other products with coloring properties remain. When smoking, the chances of ruining tooth enamel increase many times over.

If your teeth have already turned yellow, or simply do not have a satisfactory color, it remains to resort to them whitening.

Professional whitening

This procedure is performed exclusively in dental clinics. A whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth. Then it is activated using a special lamp or laser. Finally, the doctor treats the teeth with fluoride: this strengthens the enamel.

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Whitening at home

First, the dentist takes impressions of the jaws, which will be used to make special plastic cases. They are filled with a bleaching solution and put on the teeth at night or worn during the day for 1-2 hours. The procedure should be repeated regularly for about two weeks. For smokers, this period may be longer.

At home, you can also use special whitening strips that are glued to your teeth. However, this method is unlikely to be effective enough as it does not whiten the spaces between the teeth.

Whitening toothpastes

zubnaya-pastaThey are regularly advertised on TV. It would seem that there is nothing easier than brushing your teeth with such a paste every day. Sometimes the teeth do become whiter, but it should be remembered that the composition of such pastes can have a devastating effect on tooth enamel.

You shouldn't get too carried away with teeth whitening. You cannot whiten your teeth if you are under 16 years old, you are pregnant, and also suffer from tooth decay or periodontal disease. Whitening is also not recommended for those who wear brackets, artificial crowns or fillings on their front teeth.

Teeth whitening will not free you from oral care procedures. It is necessary to brush your teeth twice a day and do not forget about regular visits to the dentist for professional oral hygiene.