Even if you’ve been brushing and flossing every day of your life, you may find that your teeth lack the luster or bright white hue they used to have. Lucky for you, there are numerous treatments that can bring the shine back to your smile. How ItWorks Teeth whitening is a simple process. Either you or your dentist will apply products that contain one of two tooth bleaches, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These chemicals break tooth stains into smaller pieces, dispersing the discoloration and brightening the teeth. Whitening Options There are three ways to get your teeth glistening again. Whitening toothpastes that have special chemical or polishing agents can aid in stain removal. But unlike bleaches, these products are only able to remove stains on the surface of your teeth. Not-So-PearlyWhites? The Facts About Teeth Whitening
In-office bleaching is often your best option, and this option usually only requires a single office visit. During the process, dentists place either a gel or rubber shield to protect your gums, then apply bleach to the teeth. Often, this is accompanied by a special light or laser to enhance the effectiveness of the whitening agent. If you want to bleach at home, you can get peroxide-containing whiteners from your dentist. Usually, these come in the form of a gel that is placed into a tray that then fits over your teeth. Whitening strips may also be used. It’s important to note that the bleaching agents used in at-home bleaching are less concentrated than the ones your dentist uses in the office.
Ask your dentist today if teeth whitening is an option for your smile — and start restoring your teeth to their former beauty!
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Sensational Summer Salad
It’s officially the season of salads, and fruit salads are summer’s specialty! Enjoy this tasty dish as a side or main course. For some added protein, toss in a handful of slivered almonds or chopped pecans.
1 pound strawberries, thinly sliced 3 medium peaches, thinly sliced 1 heaping tablespoon fresh basil or mint, chopped 1 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1. In a medium serving bowl, combine the strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and basil. 2. Drizzle lemon juice, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar on top. 3. Gently toss to combine.
4. Serve immediately, or chill for later. (Recipe inspired by CookieAndKate.com.)
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