July 8, 2016
Nostalgia can be defined as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past.”
We may experience this feeling when we see a toy that we used to play with when we were children, if we catch a rerun of our favorite show from when we were teenagers, or if we hear an old song on the radio.
You may get a nostalgic feeling looking at old photos and seeing your bright, white smile. Whatever happened to that smile, that ear-to-ear grin that came so easily to you?
It may have been lost to stains that have left your teeth discolored.
Would you like to get that smile back? Then you need to make an appointment at Oregon Smile Care Center.
If you live in or near Salem, OR, our dentist can show you how professional teeth whitening can bring back your smile.
Your Stained Teeth
As long as you insist on eating or drinking anything other than water, your teeth are going to get stained.
Water is important, and many (if not most) of us should probably choose this more often. Even so, almost anything else we put in our mouths can cause stains to appear. The traces may be microscopic. After years or decades of accumulation, you will notice that your teeth aren’t as white as they once were.
Your morning coffee may be a great way to start your day, but there are consequences for consuming thousands of cups. Soft drinks and sports drinks contribute to those stains as well. So do the pasta dishes and delicious desserts that many of us enjoy.
And don’t get us started on tobacco. Nothing causes tooth stains as quickly as using tobacco products. (Setting aside the multitude of health issues that come with using tobacco, it really does a number on the appearance of your teeth.)
How To Get Your Smile Back
Stains are a common problem, and there isn’t really a way to avoid it.
You should continue to brush and floss daily to remove bacteria and plaque, but the best you can hope for is to slow the progress of the stains developing on your teeth.
Since these stains tend to come on gradually, it’s not a surprise that many of us don’t notice them for long periods of time.
But once your realize your teeth are no longer your “pearly whites,” you may long to get them back. You may long to reclaim your confidence in your smile as well.
Our professional teeth whitening can do what your toothpaste can’t. Professional teeth whitening can remove set-in stains that have taken years to develop.
The Opalescence teeth whitening products that we offer are not available in your local retail store. When you receive a treatment with professional teeth whitening products, you can see your teeth become whiter and brighter by multiple shades in a short amount of time.
If you need results as fast as possible — maybe you have a wedding or reunion coming up — then we would recommend on in-office treatment. You may be surprised how much whiter your teeth can look after a single visit to our office.
If you aren’t in a rush or you just prefer to do your whitening on your schedule, we also offer take-home products. By using them as directed, you should see a noticeable change in the color of your teeth in a matter of a few weeks.
A Few Thoughts On Commercial Whitening Products
We are certain that you have seen all kinds of teeth whitening products in the toothpaste aisle. You have probably wondered if they will work.
They can work to a degree, but nothing like what you will find with professional teeth whitening.
The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has taken an interest in these products as well. According to the council, it’s important to be careful when using whitening products.
Overuse or leaving the products on too long can cause even though commercial products only contain a fraction of the bleaching agents found in professional products. This is why the ADA council encourages everyone to talk to a dentist if they are considering teeth whitening.
Get White, Stay Bright
If you do have your teeth whitened at Oregon Smile Care Center, we want to help you keep your smile. By signing up for our whitening for life program, you will receive a tube of whitening gel to take home as long as you come in for regular cleanings and examinations every six months.