ERASING DISCOLORATION FOR SPARKLING TEETH
Sipping on sodas and certain other stain-producing beverages during your day can put a pep in your step, but it won't be brightening your teeth. A lifetime of stains from foods and drinks can result in discolored teeth. Even regularly brushing and flossing morning and night might not be enough to give you the bright smile you'd like. Here are some familiar tooth bleaching systems at a range of prices, both professional-grade and over-the-counter kits, to help you obtain a brighter smile that will be the envy of Dallas, TX.
A GORGEOUS SMILE STARTS WITH EFFECTIVE BRUSHING
Just flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash is a smart place to begin. Also, it's a great idea to put a mini-sized dental hygiene kit in your bag or backpack to use at work or school. Whenever you use the restroom or take a coffee break, give your teeth a convenient once over. In addition to helping your overall dental hygiene, you'll also be caring for the look of your smile.
DO-IT-YOURSELF TEETH WHITENING CHOICES
If you opt for an over-the-counter option to whiten your smile, you will often see slightly noticeable improvements by just using these treatments in addition to your usual hygiene routine. At local retailers and drugstores in Dallas, TX, you can find many types of tooth whitening options to use at home, including activated charcoal, whitening toothpaste, and whitening mouthwash. Always make sure to follow the directions on the packaging.
- MOUTH TRAYS WITH WHITENING GEL
Generalized teeth whitening products that use dental trays are available in a variety of stores, and many have a similar process as the professional mouth trays utilized at a dental practice. Among the main differences between over-the-counter and professional whitening systems is the individualized fit. The mouth trays in a nonprofessional whitening system may not fit appropriately or might cause uneven results. In addition, the bleaching solutions in store-bought kits aren't customized for your exact issues, so you may experience temperature sensitivity in your teeth or other problems.
- WHITENING SYSTEMS WITH LIGHTS
To increase the outcomes from many teeth whitening gels or strips, you can purchase a particular kind of light. LED mouthpieces are inserted around the teeth once you have applied your brightening gel or strips. These special trays have a specific application time and must be used only as instructed.
- TEETH WHITENING PENS AND STRIPS
Various stores and drug stores offer a large selection of brands of whitening pens and strips. The strips are easily applied to your teeth and can be relatively hard to detect. The whitening pen allows you to accurately apply a gel to your teeth when they are clean and dry. When you have correctly applied the strip or gel to your teeth, it's important to leave them on for as long as instructed on the product.
SINCE STORE-BOUGHT OPTIONS WORK, DO I REALLY NEED TO GET A PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT?
It's important to be aware that over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments won't offer the same level of results as teeth bleaching treatments from a dental professional. Nonprofessional systems are very low in strength, so based on your stains and if you have any restorations, etc., your final tooth coloring might be visibly uneven. Further, using these products might cause sensitive teeth and tender gums. Ask your dental practitioner about over-the-counter teeth whitening systems, how they compare to treatments they offer in their practice, and whether they might recommend any of them to improve your specific stains.
DENTIST-PERFORMED TEETH WHITENING OPTIONS
Routine dental exams and cleanings not only make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy, but they will also improve the appearance of your smile. Scraping away the built-up tartar and plaque from your teeth is a great way to visibly spruce up your smile. For more significant results, speak to your dentist about the in-office teeth whitening treatments they provide. Your dentist may offer prescription-strength teeth whitening treatments, professional at-home systems, and porcelain veneers for a total smile makeover.
- PROFESSIONAL LASER TEETH BLEACHING
For an in-office laser whitening treatment, your dentist will first apply a high-strength whitening gel onto your teeth and then utilize a laser light. The heat emitted by the light enhances the whitening solution to create the best outcomes. In-office laser whitening is great when you need fast results to prepare for a big event or for those who have crowns, bridges, inlays, etc. Certain in-office teeth whitening treatments can also reduce internal stains, which over-the-counter options can't reach.
- PROFESSIONAL AT-HOME WHITENING KITS
For patients who would prefer to whiten in the comfort of home, many dental practitioners offer professional DIY whitening systems. With customized dental trays and a professional-strength whitening solution selected for your goals, a home whitening kit from your dentist can provide a much better fit and consistent results. Professional kits are just a much better choice than store-bought products. Once you've applied the whitening product to both trays, you place them over your teeth for a specified amount of time, as instructed by your dentist. Then, you can remove the trays, rinse them off, and store them for the next use. During your next appointment, you can get more of your whitening gel. You should not combine store-bought whitening products with your custom systems, since they can erode the trays. You can use an at-home whitening kit as a stand-alone process or to extend your results from a professional session.
- COSMETIC VENEERS
For a complete smile makeover to easily make your teeth more brilliant and address other aesthetic flaws (like chips, extra spacing, excessive staining, and short teeth), cosmetic veneers can be a great choice. Veneers are specially designed to be natural looking and fit comfortably on top of the teeth. Your dentist will need to gently remove a tiny amount of your enamel in order to make room for the veneers. When they're fitted to the teeth, you'll have a brand-new smile.
GET READY TO ENJOY YOUR BRIGHTEST, MOST ATTRACTIVE SMILE
Getting limited results or tooth sensitivity from over-the-counter whitening treatments can be very disappointing. At MINT dentistry in White Rock, we offer custom home whitening kits, in-office treatments, and veneers. All of these treatments can be tailored to match your cosmetic goals, so you see impressive results without damaging your teeth. Reach out to plan a consultation at our office in Dallas, TX to ask about all of our professional and at-home whitening options so you can get a bright, attractive smile.