ERASING STAINS FOR GLEAMING TEETH
Enjoying coffee or many other stain-producing drinks throughout the day can put a pep in your step, but it definitely isn't helping your smile. A lifetime of stains from dark-colored foods and beverages can cause discolored teeth. Even regularly brushing and flossing after each meal still may not be enough to provide the Hollywood smile you'd like. Following are some familiar tooth whitening treatments at a range of prices, both professional-grade and over-the-counter kits, to help you obtain a whiter smile that will light up Dallas, TX.
THE BEST SMILE STARTS WITH REGULAR BRUSHING
Routinely brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash is a great place to start. In addition, it's smart to bring a mini-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash in your tote or backpack to have at the office or school. Whenever you visit the bathroom or take a break, give your mouth a convenient freshening up. In addition to taking care of your overall oral hygiene, you'll also be brightening your teeth.
DIY TEETH BLEACHING OPTIONS
When you use a do-it-yourself product to whiten your smile, you might see small changes in color by simply applying these treatments in addition to your typical hygiene routine. At local retailers and pharmacies in Dallas, TX, you can buy numerous kinds of tooth brightening options to try at home, like whitening mouthwash, activated charcoal, and gels containing hydrogen peroxide. It is always important to follow the directions provided.
- TEETH WHITENING PENS AND STRIPS
A lot of retailers and drug stores stock numerous kinds of whitening pens and strips. The strips are easily placed on your teeth and are relatively hard to detect. A bleaching pen enables you to precisely apply a gel to your teeth when they are clean and dry. Once you have carefully applied the strip or gel to your teeth, make sure to not disturb them for the duration instructed on the product.
- BLEACHING KITS THAT USE LED LIGHTS
To increase the outcomes from some tooth whitening gels or strips, you can purchase a special kind of light. LED mouthpieces need to be positioned around the teeth after you have put on your brightening gel or strips. These special mouthpieces have a specific exposure time and must be used exactly as stated in the directions.
- DENTAL TRAYS WITH WHITENING GEL
Generalized teeth whitening systems that utilize mouth trays can be found in several types of stores, and some even have the same look as the tray systems utilized in dentists' offices. Among the main differences between over-the-counter and professional teeth whitening systems is the customized fit. The mouth trays in an over-the-counter whitening system might not fit appropriately or could create splotchy results. Further, the hydrogen peroxide gels in store-bought kits aren't designed for your unique goals, so you may experience temperature sensitivity in your teeth or other issues.
SINCE DIY PRODUCTS WORK, DO I REALLY NEED TO PAY FOR A PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT?
You need to remember that over-the-counter teeth bleaching treatments won't produce the same type of results compared to teeth whitening sessions from your dental professional. Over-the-counter products are very low in strength, so based on your stains and whether you have any bridges or crowns, etc., your outcome could be uneven. Further, the use of these products can lead to inflamed gums and sensitive teeth. Ask your dental practitioner about store-bought teeth whitening options, how they perform compared to treatments they have in their office, and if they might suggest any of them to eliminate your particular discoloration.
DENTIST-PERFORMED TEETH WHITENING CHOICES
Twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings not only ensure that your whole mouth stays healthy, but they should also improve the look of your smile. Removing the accumulated debris and bacteria from your teeth is an easy way to visibly brighten your smile. For more significant results, talk to your dental professional about the expert teeth whitening systems they provide. Your dentist may offer custom teeth whitening sessions, professional at-home kits, and ceramic veneers for a total smile upgrade.
- CERAMIC VENEERS
For a full smile makeover to quickly make your teeth more brilliant and mask other aesthetic flaws (for example, cracks, wide spacing, extreme staining, and microdontia), cosmetic veneers could be a great choice. Veneers are customized to be natural looking and fit seamlessly right onto the teeth. Your dental practitioner will need to carefully shave off a minimal amount of your natural enamel before placing the veneers. Once they're fitted to the teeth, you'll have a brand-new smile.
- IN-OFFICE LASER TEETH WHITENING
For a professional laser whitening treatment, your dentist will first apply a special whitening gel onto your teeth and then utilize a laser light. The energy emitted by the laser enhances the whitening product to provide optimal outcomes. In-office laser whitening is ideal when you need results in a hurry to prepare for a big event or if you have crowns, bridges, inlays, etc. Some laser teeth whitening procedures can also lessen internal discoloration, which over-the-counter products can't reach.
- PROFESSIONAL DIY WHITENING KITS
For those who would prefer to whiten in the comfort of home, a lot of dentists offer professional at-home whitening systems. With personalized tooth trays and a professional-strength whitening solution selected for your types of stains, a do-it-yourself whitening kit from your dentist can provide a much more comfortable fit and even results. Professional kits are simply a better option than over-the-counter kits. After applying the whitening product to the upper and lower trays, you place them in your mouth for a specific amount of time, as directed by your dentist. When you're ready, you can take the trays out, wash them thoroughly, and put them away in a safe place. At your next visit, you can get more of the whitening gel. You should not combine store-bought whitening gel with your custom systems, since they can harm the trays. You may use an at-home whitening kit as a stand-alone process or to extend your results from laser whitening.
GET READY TO ENJOY YOUR BRIGHTEST, MOST ATTRACTIVE SMILE
Having minimal results or tooth sensitivity from retail whitening treatments is quite frustrating. At MINT dentistry in Highland Hotel, we provide custom home whitening kits, in-office treatments, and dental veneers. All of these treatments will be tailored to fit your cosmetic goals, so you see great results without damaging your oral health. Reach out to plan a visit at our office in Dallas, TX to find out about all of our in-office and at-home whitening treatments to show off a gleaming, attractive smile.