ERASING DISCOLORATION FOR GLEAMING TEETH
Consuming sodas and certain other stain-producing drinks during the day may give you energy, but it’s not brightening your smile. A lifetime of stains from foods and beverages can cause dingy teeth. Even regularly brushing and flossing twice a day still may not effectively create the dazzling smile you're aiming for. Below, we've listed some familiar tooth whitening systems at a range of prices, both medical-grade and over-the-counter products, to help you show off a brighter smile that will light up Dallas, TX.
YOUR WHITEST SMILE BEGINS WITH EFFECTIVE BRUSHING
Consistently flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash is a good place to start. Also, it's smart to put a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash in your tote or briefcase to have at work or school. Whenever you visit the restroom or stop for a break, give your teeth a quick once over. Beyond boosting your overall dental health, you'll also be helping maintain the appearance of your smile.
OVER-THE-COUNTER TEETH BLEACHING CHOICES
If you try a drugstore option to lighten your teeth, you may see slightly noticeable changes in color by just using these treatments on top of your daily brushing, flossing, and mouthwash regimen. At several department stores and drugstores in Dallas, TX, you can buy many types of tooth lightening options to use at home, like whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and bleaching gels. Always make sure to thoroughly read the instructions included in the box.
- ORAL TRAYS WITH WHITENING GEL
Non–medical-grade teeth bleaching products with dental trays can be bought in retail stores, and some even have a similar look as the professional mouth trays provided in dentists' offices. Among the major differences between consumer and professional whitening kits is the personalized fit. The mouth trays in an over-the-counter whitening system might feel uncomfortable or might give you splotchy results. In addition, the hydrogen peroxide gels in store-bought systems aren't customized for your unique issues, so you might end up with tooth sensitivity or other problems.
- TEETH WHITENING STRIPS OR PENS
Several types of retailers and pharmacies have a large selection of different kinds of whitening pens and strips. The whitening strips are easily applied to your teeth and can be pretty discreet. A whitening pen enables you to carefully apply a bleaching solution to your teeth when they have been brushed and are dry. Once you have correctly applied the strip or solution to your teeth, you should leave them on for the duration instructed on the box.
- WHITENING KITS WITH LIGHTS
To boost the outcomes from certain teeth bleaching gels or strips, you can also apply a special type of light. LED mouth tray devices are inserted around the teeth once you have applied your bleaching solution or strips. These special trays have a specific wear time, and it's very important that they be used exactly as stated in the directions.
IF DRUGSTORE OPTIONS WORK, DO I REALLY NEED TO GET AN IN-OFFICE PROCEDURE?
You need to know that over-the-counter teeth whitening options won't produce the same type of results as teeth whitening sessions done by your dentist. Store-bought products have limited strength, so based on your discoloration and if you have any bridges or crowns, etc., your outcome could be uneven. In addition, the use of these products could cause sensitive teeth and tender gums. Talk to your dental practitioner about over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, how they compare to treatments they offer at their office, and whether they might suggest any of them to eliminate your particular stains.
PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING CHOICES
Biannual dental exams and professional cleanings not only make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy, but they will also enhance the look of your smile. Clearing away the accumulated debris and bacteria from your teeth is an excellent way to visibly whiten your smile. If you want more significant results, talk to your dental professional about the expert teeth whitening systems they provide. Your dentist may offer prescription-strength whitening sessions, professional at-home whitening kits, and ceramic veneers for a complete smile makeover.
- PROFESSIONAL LASER TEETH WHITENING
In an in-office laser whitening session, your dentist will first apply a high-strength whitening gel onto your teeth and then utilize a laser light. The energy from the laser enhances the whitening solution to produce maximum results. This technique is a good choice when you want quick results for an important event or if you have crowns, bridges, inlays, etc. Some in-office teeth whitening procedures can also reduce internal discoloration, which retail products can't reach.
- COSMETIC VENEERS
For a total smile makeover to quickly make your teeth whiter and address other aesthetic flaws (like cracks, wide spacing, extreme staining, and worn-down teeth), cosmetic veneers could be a great choice. Veneers are tailored to be natural looking and fit comfortably over the teeth. Your dentist will have to gently shave away a minimal amount of your tooth enamel before placing the veneers. Once they're in place, you'll have a new, gorgeous smile.
- MEDICAL-GRADE DIY WHITENING SYSTEMS
For patients who would prefer to whiten in the comfort of home, some dental practitioners offer professional at-home whitening systems. With tailor-made tooth trays and a professional-strength whitening gel selected for your types of stains, a do-it-yourself whitening system from your dentist offers a much better fit and consistent results. Professional kits are just a better option than over-the-counter kits. After applying the whitening gel to the trays, you place them over your teeth for a specific length of time, as directed by your dentist. Once the treatment is done, you can take the trays out, wash them thoroughly, and store them in a safe place. During your next appointment, you can get a refill on your whitening gel. You should not use over-the-counter whitening products with your custom kits because they may degrade the trays. You may use a home whitening kit as your only treatment or to keep your results after an in-office treatment.
GET YOUR BRIGHTEST, MOST ATTRACTIVE SMILE
Experiencing uneven results or heat and cold sensitivity from store-bought whitening products is quite disappointing. At MINT dentistry in Lancaster, we provide custom home whitening kits, in-office treatments, and porcelain veneers. Each of these options will be specially designed to match your aesthetic goals, so you see amazing results without harming your oral health. Call us to set up a visit at our practice in Dallas, TX to find out about all of our in-office and at-home whitening treatments to get a brilliant, sexy smile.