We don’t often think about this as we eat and drink, but pretty much everything that we are consuming will slowly stain our teeth one color or another. Not just that, we do a lot of damage to our teeth in general by the way we live. It’s not, then, surprising that people would want to fix the way their teeth look, and the color that they are.
People are, in general, extremely concerned with the way that their teeth look, as well as the rest of their personal appearance. Nobody likes to look like they don’t take care of their appearance, especially in a culture where so many people put so much importance on the way that they look and where we are so quick to judge people on the way that they look and present themselves. However, we rarely think about the way that we are presenting ourselves with our teeth, and the way that we damage and discolor them.
Think about this, though. Do you like to drink coffee? I know that I do, and I know, from having worked in office and corporate environments for a good part of my adult life, that pretty much anyone who has to be at an office at eight or nine in the morning basically lives on it. I have friends in the military who, when they were deployed, would regularly beg for coffee ingredients. I think it’s fair to say that a lot of businesses basically run on coffee, and that we all consume it quite often. This is too bad, because coffee, aside from being pretty much terrible for you in almost every conceivable way, also stains your teeth. It starts slowly, your teeth become a bit less white, becoming duller and duller, and then it gets to the part where it’s basically yellowing. A lot of people who like to consume a lot of coffee have teeth that are very yellowed, unless they regularly get them treated in some way.
I can almost hear the self-righteous smirking of the people who like to drink tea, at this point, but hey, don’t worry, you guys aren’t all that much better off. Ignoring that there’s no evidence that tea is any better for you than coffee (and in my opinion, it tastes disgusting, but that’s just me), there’s also plenty of evidence that, without access to (and actually taking advantage of) quality dental care, you’re going to end up having yellowed teeth from tea as well.
So, what can you do to remedy this? Sure, you can stop drinking anything that isn’t clear fluid (so you’re left with water, sprite, really light beer, and gin and vodka), or you can get a treatment in order to take care of the color of your teeth so that they don’t look terribly used and stained.
So, what does the process of teeth whitening look like? It’s actually very interesting. A lot of people talk about bleaching the teeth or something similar, but that isn’t really what happens at all, you’re just cleansing them chemically.
Basically, a trip to go and get your teeth whitened goes like this. You go to the office of your local cosmetic dentists with experience who offer teeth whitening services, and then you ask them for said treatment. You sit down in those lovely chairs, and then the cosmetic dentist will come in. They’ll dry your mouth, and apply a gel to your gum line, and any other fleshy part of your mouth that could be damaged by the chemicals used in the treatment, in order to protect it from those chemicals, and to make sure that you’re not going to suffer any pain from such chemicals. Then what happens is they apply the whitening mixture. This could be a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, or it could be a peroxide that will mix with the fluid generally in the mouth and on the teeth and will leach the hydrogen off of it, turning itself into hydrogen peroxide. Either way, it’ll scrub the color off of your teeth, and turn them whiter, improving the way that it looks.
Now, you may need more than one teeth whitening treatment if your teeth are really bad off, however. In some cases, you may need to go back a few times, but in general, you only need one or two treatments to restore your teeth to their initial, ‘like new’ state, and to make sure that you have a smile you can show off to the world.