Since man first had the time to spare and the civil structure that enabled them to pursue things that were more complex than simple hunting and gathering, they’ve been looking into ways to improve upon the teeth they were naturally bestowed with. Back then, this was limited to the pursuit of straightening the teeth (or, rather, attempting to, as the efficiency of their treatment methods is extremely questionable). This was discussed back in the days of Aristotle by people like Aristotle and other famous thinkers and philosophers, who, personally, are not the kind of people I’d like to take dental advice from, myself. But in the same timeframe, around the world, cultures were using the first orthodontic headgear and cosmetic dentistry was being practiced, albeit in a primitive form. In bodies of the deceased recovered from around this time, there is plentiful evidence that shows that, while the headgear in use wasn’t likely all that useful when it came to correcting teeth already misaligned, it was probably doing a good job of preventing them from getting any worse. These archaic attempts at headgear were made using alloys of gold that have long since been abandoned, along with using an elastic-like material known as catgut to provide the needed tension (and yes, for those following along at home, catgut is made from the guts of cats, and people were voluntarily putting this in their mouths).
Since then, we’ve gotten to the point where we have mastered the ability to manipulate the teeth into more optimal patterns of alignment. Today, we have figured out how to do things that our ancestors would never have thought possible. Today, if you lose a tooth, we can drill a hole in your jaw and give you a dental implant in order to make your smile look more full. We can place a veneer over a damaged tooth and make it look like you never chipped your tooth while intoxicated and stumbling around everywhere. We can use braces, easy to get and easy to maintain, and straighten your teeth out to perfect alignment.
We can also whiten your teeth, which is good, because literally everything you consume wears away at your teeth and changes their color to some extent or another. Do you like to wake up, as I do, with a nice hot cup of coffee in order to power you through your work day until lunch? That’s slowly yellowing your teeth. Are you a smoker? You’re yellowing your teeth every time you take a puff of nicotine and tar in. Are you someone who enjoys a beer or a whiskey, or even a nice craft bourbon, after a long day at work? Yellowing your teeth. Maybe you’re a wine person, enjoying a nice Merlot at night? That’s slowly staining your teeth reddish pink. Lest you think I left them out, the people who are always talking about their fair trade tea are also staining their teeth, as are the people who go out and get soda constantly, even diet sodas.
Thankfully, there’s a treatment, widely available, for those who have stained their teeth to the point that it’s becoming an issue they can’t ignore, robbing them of self-confidence. All it involves is going to your local cosmetic dentist’s office and making an appointment for a teeth whitening treatment. On the day of your treatment, they’ll sit you in the chair, and cover your gums with a gel-like material meant to protect it from the bleaching agent. Once this has been done to satisfaction, they’ll apply another gel, one that is either sixteen percent or less hydrogen peroxide, or a compound with peroxide in it that, when placed on the teeth, will chemically transform into hydrogen peroxide, to the teeth. This gel will be left on the teeth for a certain amount of time, usually somewhere around an hour, as it bleaches the teeth clean and slowly restores the whiteness to your teeth. Depending on how badly stained they are, you may find yourself needing additional treatments, mind you.
Some offices even offer something called ‘light accelerated’ tooth whitening treatments, which means it’s the same thing as I revealed above, but with the addition of a series of very powerful lights which will assist in speeding the process along, as well as improving the amount of whitening you receive.
So, if you’re looking to improve the whiteness of your smile, find a teeth whitening dentist near you and see what services they can offer and recommend to you. Once you’ve got that superstar smile, you’ll be glad you did!