BANISHING DISCOLORATION FOR SPARKLING TEETH
Enjoying coffee and many other staining beverages during your day may help keep you awake, but it’s not helping your teeth. The accumulation of stains from dark-colored foods and beverages can result in dull-looking smiles. Even regularly brushing and flossing morning and night still might not effectively create the stunning smile you're aiming for. Below, we've listed some familiar tooth whitening treatments at a range of prices, both professional-grade and at-home products, to help you show off a brighter smile that can stop traffic in Dallas, TX.
IT ALL BEGINS WITH PROPER BRUSHING
Just flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash is a good place to begin. In addition, it's a great idea to pack a mini-sized dental hygiene kit in your tote or briefcase to use at work or school. When you stop to go to the restroom or stop for a coffee break, give your teeth a quick once over. In addition to taking care of your overall oral health, you'll also be whitening your smile.
OVER-THE-COUNTER TEETH WHITENING CHOICES
When you try a do-it-yourself option to lighten your teeth, you could see small changes in color by just applying these treatments on top of your regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash regimen. At many department stores and pharmacies in Dallas, TX, you can purchase a variety of kinds of tooth lightening options to try at home, including activated charcoal, whitening toothpaste, and whitening mouthwash. Always make sure to thoroughly read the instructions provided.
- BLEACHING KITS THAT USE LIGHTS
To intensify the power of some teeth whitening solutions or strips, you can purchase a particular type of light. LED mouth tray devices are positioned around the teeth once you have applied your brightening gel or strips. LED trays have a set wear time and should be used precisely as stated in the directions.
- TEETH WHITENING STRIPS OR PENS
Various retailers and drug stores offer numerous kinds of bleaching strips and pens. The strips can be easily placed over your teeth and can be pretty hard to detect. A whitening pen enables you to precisely apply a hydrogen peroxide solution to your teeth after they are clean and dry. When you have correctly applied the strip or solution to your teeth, it's important to not disturb them for as long as indicated on the product.
- ORAL TRAYS WITH BLEACHING GEL
Non–medical-grade teeth whitening systems with dental trays are available in retail stores, and some even have a similar look as the mouth trays used at a dental practice. One of the main differences between drugstore and professional teeth whitening kits is the individualized fit. The dental trays in a store-bought whitening system might not fit comfortably or could cause uneven results. In addition, the hydrogen peroxide solutions in retail kits aren't customized for your unique goals, so you might develop sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks or other issues.
IF DRUGSTORE METHODS WORK, DO I REALLY NEED TO PAY FOR A PROFESSIONAL PROCEDURE?
It's important to remember that nonprofessional teeth bleaching options can't give you the same level of results compared to teeth whitening sessions performed by a dentist. Nonprofessional kits are very low in strength, so based on your discoloration and whether you have any inlays or onlays, etc., your results might be visibly uneven. Further, these products could cause inflamed gums and sensitive teeth. Talk to your dental professional about over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, how they perform compared to treatments they provide in their office, and if they would suggest any of them to whiten your specific discoloration.
PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING METHODS
Frequent oral exams and professional cleanings not only ensure that your whole mouth stays healthy, but they should also brighten the appearance of your smile. Eliminating the accumulated tartar and plaque from your teeth is an excellent way to visibly brighten your smile. If you want more significant results, ask your dental practitioner about the expert teeth whitening treatments they offer. He or she might offer laser teeth whitening treatments, professional at-home systems, and dental veneers for a full smile makeover.
- PROFESSIONAL LASER TEETH BLEACHING
In an in-office laser whitening procedure, your dentist will first apply a high-strength whitening solution onto your teeth and then implement a laser light. The heat from the light boosts the whitening gel to produce maximum results. In-office laser whitening is a good choice when you need fast results before a special event or if you have crowns, bridges, inlays, etc. Some laser teeth whitening systems can also lessen internal discoloration, which retail products can't do.
- PROFESSIONAL AT-HOME WHITENING PRODUCTS
For patients who would prefer to whiten in the privacy of home, some dentists offer professional do-it-yourself whitening kits. With customized mouth trays and a professional-strength whitening gel selected for your types of discoloration, a DIY whitening kit from your dentist will give you a much better fit and uniform results. Systems from your dentist are easily a better option than over-the-counter kits. Once you've applied the whitening solution to the upper and lower trays, you put them over your teeth for a specified length of time, as instructed by your dental practitioner. When you're ready, you remove the trays, clean them, and put them away in a safe place. During your next appointment, you can get more of your whitening gel. You should not try to use over-the-counter whitening products with your custom kits because they may erode the trays. You can use an at-home whitening kit as your only treatment or to extend your results from an in-office treatment.
- CERAMIC VENEERS
For a complete smile makeover to effectively make your teeth whiter and mask other cosmetic imperfections (like cracks, wide spacing, excessive discoloration, and short teeth), dental veneers could be a good option. Veneers are individually made to be natural looking and fit seamlessly on top of the teeth. Your dentist will need to carefully shave away a very small amount of your natural enamel before placing the veneers. When they're fitted to the teeth, you'll have a new, gorgeous smile.
YOU DESERVE TO HAVE YOUR WHITEST, MOST STUNNING SMILE
Having limited results or tooth sensitivity from drugstore whitening products is quite disappointing. At MINT orthodontics, our dentists offer custom home whitening kits, in-office treatments, and ceramic veneers. Each of these choices can be personalized to achieve your aesthetic goals, so you get beautiful results without harming your oral health. Reach out to schedule an appointment at our practice in Dallas, TX to learn about all of our professional and at-home whitening options so you can enjoy a gleaming, sexy smile.