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For many of us, whiter teeth are a sign of youth, beauty, and vitality. If your teeth look dull and lifeless, you may lose some self confidence causing you to miss out on precious moments in life. As we age, our teeth will lose some of their natural whiteness, changing instead to a yellowish, even brownish/gray tinge. This occurs from our daily habits like drinking coffee, possibly smoking, or drinking red wine.

We are bombarded by magazine and television ads displaying models with perfectly white teeth. After awhile, you begin to wonder whether you can have whiter, brighter teeth too? Luckily, there are many options out there to do just that. The traditional way has been to go to the dentist and have them professionally whitened under controlled conditions. Today, we have other options like teeth whitening toothpastes. Are these toothpastes effective at whitening our teeth?

What Is Special About Teeth Whitening Toothpastes?

Most of us use toothpaste every day just to maintain our dental hygiene. It is a product we are all very familiar with. Manufactures have now found a way to add an extra element to your favorite toothpastes allowing the addition of teeth whitening materials into the mix to give you an added benefit.  Some are more abrasive to help remove surface stains, some have peroxide and other additive ingredients to actually allow for some deeper whitening to occur. It should be noted that teeth whitening toothpastes do work, but they will NOT whiten your teeth as effectively as your dentist can. Also, each individual’s results will vary.

Teeth whitening toothpastes commonly contain the following ingredients:

Hydrogen peroxide. The same teeth whitening ingredient used in most teeth whitening strips. This is found in the new Colgate Optic White toothpaste.

-Sodium Hydroxide. This is another ingredient used to whiten teeth. Crest 3D white toothpaste utilizes this as it’s main teeth whitening agent.

Sodium Tripolyphosphate. Do not be scared off by the long name. This chemical is effective in removing stains from the enamel on your teeth.

Blue Covarine. This chemical is present in some teeth whitening toothpaste. Blue covarine has the ability to adhere to the surface of teeth creating an optical illusion that can make our teeth appear less yellow.

Abrasives. These abrasives, such as baking soda, will provide a perfect cleansing and polishing on the teeth surface and over time will remove light stains that make our teeth appear yellowish or brown.

When used twice a day, teeth whitening toothpaste generally takes from two to six weeks to make teeth appear whiter and brighter. Teeth whitening toothpastes that contain blue covarine can have an almost immediate effect on your smile.

Teeth Whitening Toothpaste Conclusion

Americans spend over $1.5 billion on toothpaste per year and it is a rapidly growing market. Many of the toothpastes have become quite specialized, especially those geared towards teeth whitening. But do teeth whitening toothpastes really work? The simple answer is yes, but to what degree?. If your teeth are brown and discolored, it will not work as effectively as a professional teeth whitening. The difference being, that the dentist uses chemicals specifically designed to whiten teeth (and applied under very controlled conditions) whereas many of the teeth whitening toothpastes on the market use much lower concentrations of these whitening agents, or none at all. Don’t get overly frustrated if using teeth whitening toothpastes don’t do much for you. They are helpful in some mild degree of whitening, but will not give you the super white smile that actual professional whitening will. They are best used as an adjunct to a professional whitening, to help keep your teeth whiter and brighter longer, or for younger people to brighten up an already nice smile. Teeth whitening toothpastes are a cost effective way to brighten your smile, discontinue use if they begin to cause sensitivity.

It is always recommended you see your dentist for professional cleanings and dental examinations. This is a perfect time to discuss teeth whitening options and what method would work best for you. Teeth whitening can be a very personalized choice and each program can be tailored to each patient’s needs and expectations. Find out today how to get your teeth whiter and brighter.

It is easy to see movie star smiles up on the big screen and at the news stands. A Hollywood smile is a pre- requisite for any A-list Hollywood star today. Image and appearance are

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everything! A brilliant, white smile shows up better on the big screen and in pictures.

Who Has The Best Hollywood Smile?

Surveys are routinely done by magazines and websites all the time regarding the best Hollywood smiles among actors and actresses. Below you will find a list of some of the usual suspects in these surveys:

-Anne Hathaway

-Taylor Swift

Kate Beckinsale

-Tom Cruise

-Blair Underwood

-George Clooney

While the list above is not complete, these and many other A list actors have spent some time in a cosmetic dentist’s chair to achieve those bright, vibrant smiles.

Cosmetic Dentistry = Hollywood Smile

 

Teeth Whitening

This is possibly one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry options to make your smile shine. Our teeth can become stained by everyday activities like coffee/tea drinking, tobacco use, wine drinking, or cola drinking. As we get older, our enamel gets thinner, causing our teeth to become darker and less brilliant.

Teeth whitening products and treatments are able to whiten our teeth by removing stains and discolorations. Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the world today.

There are two different types of teeth whitening: in office and at home. In office whitening involves application of teeth whitening products to the teeth by your dentist while in the office. Results up to several shades lighter can be achieved in the same day. The process is fast, and quite easy. At home procedures involve application of teeth whitening products to the teeth by the patient daily, for 2 to 4 weeks. The at home process takes longer to achieve acceptable results, is generally less expensive, and also fairly easy to complete. Both of these cosmetic dentistry procedures are very effective, and can help you to achieve the whiter smile you have been dreaming of.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are also called “instant orthodontics” by many. Porcelain veneers give the cosmetic dentist the ability to change the alignment of teeth, to alter shape (width and length), as well as change color.  Porcelain veneers are custom laboratory made ultra thin porcelain restorations that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. Modern porcelain veneers are able to give a natural looking, beautiful smile.With proper care, porcelain veneers generally last between 8 to 12 years, but if cared for properly can last for much longer . The lifespan of porcelain veneers (and any dental restoration) depends upon your oral hygiene regimen, the forces on the teeth (clenching, teeth grinding, trauma), tooth decay, and regularity of dental visits for examinations and professional cleanings.

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns give your cosmetic dentist the ability to restore a tooth to its natural look without the use of metal. This allows the dental laboratory to fabricate a tooth that

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A Flawless Smile Is Possible With Cosmetic Dentistry

reflects light just like our own natural teeth. Porcelain crowns can be used on teeth that either already have crowns or need more extensive work (having large restorations or tooth decay).

Tooth Bonding

Dental bonding is the process in which tooth colored dental materials are bonded to a tooth. This might be one of the easiest cosmetic dentistry procedures to change our look. Using dental bonding we can change shape, size, color, length, and close any spaces that might be present. Tooth Bonding is generally completed in the dentist office in as little as an hour.

Conclusion

If you envy the smile of A-list celebrities, talk to your cosmetic dentist about the options available to you. Many of us are able to embrace our flaws while others choose to fix them. What makes you happy, will make you smile. So combine the two, be happy and smile more! Please remember, that before considering cosmetic dentistry, be sure you have your dental hygiene under control. It does not matter how nice dental work may look when completed, it will not last very long without a good dental hygiene regimen.

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