ELIMINATING STAINS FOR WHITER TEETH
Consuming sodas or certain other stain-producing beverages during your day may put a pep in your step, but it definitely isn't helping your teeth. The accumulation of stains from foods and drinks can lead to dull-looking smiles. Even regularly brushing and flossing morning and night still might not effectively provide the dazzling smile you want. Following are some familiar tooth whitening options at varying prices, both medical-grade and at-home kits, to help you achieve a brighter smile that can stop traffic in DeSoto, TX.
YOUR WHITEST SMILE STARTS WITH PROPER BRUSHING
Consistently flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash is a great place to begin. Also, it's smart to bring a mini-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash in your bag or briefcase to use at work or school. Whenever you visit the restroom or stop for a break, give your teeth a simple once over. Beyond taking care of your overall dental health, you'll also be caring for the look of your teeth.
DRUGSTORE TEETH WHITENING PRODUCTS
When you try a do-it-yourself option to lighten your smile, you may see minor changes in color by simply using these products along with your regular hygiene routine. At several retailers and pharmacies in DeSoto, TX, you can buy numerous kinds of tooth whitening products to use at home, like activated charcoal, whitening toothpaste, and whitening mouthwash. It is always important to follow the directions included in the box.
- TEETH WHITENING STRIPS OR PENS
Many retailers and pharmacies stock a large selection of different kinds of bleaching pens and strips. The bleaching strips can be easily applied to your teeth and are relatively hard to detect. A whitening pen enables you to strategically apply a hydrogen peroxide solution to your teeth when they have been brushed and are dry. When you have carefully applied the strip or gel to your teeth, it's important to leave them on for as long as indicated on the box.
- BLEACHING KITS THAT USE LED LIGHTS
To intensify the power of many teeth whitening solutions or strips, you can use a special kind of light. LED mouth tray devices need to be inserted around the teeth once you have put on your brightening solution or strips. These special trays have a specific application time and should be used only as instructed.
- ORAL TRAYS WITH WHITENING GEL
Universal-fit teeth whitening products that use mouth trays can be found in retail stores, and some even have a similar process as the dental trays provided in dentists' offices. One of the major differences between over-the-counter and professional whitening systems is the individualized fit. The mouth trays in a consumer whitening system might not fit comfortably or could result in uneven results. Also, the hydrogen peroxide solutions in retail kits aren't formulated for your unique needs, so you might end up with tooth sensitivity or other problems.
SINCE DRUGSTORE METHODS WORK, WHY SHOULD I HAVE AN IN-OFFICE PROCEDURE?
It's important to be aware that over-the-counter teeth bleaching products won't offer the same quality of results as teeth whitening treatments from your dental practitioner. Nonprofessional options have limited strength, so based on your degree of darkening and whether you have any restorations, etc., your final tooth coloring might be uneven. In addition, using these products could lead to tooth and gum sensitivity. Ask your dentist about nonprofessional teeth whitening products, how they perform compared to treatments they have in their practice, and if they might suggest any of them to whiten your particular stains.
IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING OPTIONS
Regular dental exams and cleanings not only ensure that your teeth are healthy, but they will also enhance the look of your smile. Scraping away the accumulated debris and bacteria from your teeth is an easy way to visibly whiten your smile. If you want more significant results, talk to your dental practitioner about the in-office teeth whitening systems they offer. He or she might offer custom teeth whitening treatments, professional at-home whitening systems, and porcelain veneers] for a full smile upgrade.
- COSMETIC VENEERS
For a full smile makeover to quickly make your teeth more brilliant and mask other cosmetic issues (like chips, gaps, excessive discoloration, and short teeth), cosmetic veneers could be a good choice. Veneers are tailored to look natural and fit comfortably right onto the teeth. Your dental practitioner will have to carefully remove a tiny amount of your natural enamel before placing the veneers. As soon as they're fitted to the teeth, you'll have a new, gorgeous smile.
- DENTIST-PERFORMED LASER TEETH WHITENING
In a professional laser whitening session, your dental practitioner will first apply a high-strength whitening solution onto your teeth and then go a step further with a laser light. The heat from the light enhances the whitening product to provide the best outcomes. In-office laser whitening is a good choice if you need fast results before an important event or for those who have dental restorations. Certain in-office teeth whitening systems can also reduce internal stains, which retail products can't do.
- MEDICAL-GRADE AT-HOME WHITENING KITS
For those who would rather whiten in the comfort of home, some dentists provide professional at-home whitening systems. With tailor-made dental trays and a high-quality whitening solution selected for your natural teeth, a do-it-yourself whitening system from your dentist will give you a much more comfortable fit and consistent results. Professional kits are easily a better choice compared to over-the-counter products. After applying the whitening gel to both trays, you put them in your mouth for a specific amount of time, as instructed by your dental practitioner. Then, you take the trays out, clean them, and put them away for the next use. During your next cleaning, you can get more of the whitening gel. You should not combine store-bought whitening gel with your custom kits, since they can cause damage to the trays. You can use a home whitening kit alone or to keep your results after a professional treatment.
SHOW OFF YOUR WHITEST, MOST STUNNING SMILE
Getting limited outcomes or tooth sensitivity from consumer whitening treatments is very frustrating. At MINT dentistry in DeSoto, our team provides custom home whitening kits, in-office treatments, and veneers. All of these choices can be specially designed to match your cosmetic goals, so you get stunning results without compromising your oral health. Contact us to schedule a consultation at our office in DeSoto, TX to ask about all of our in-office and at-home whitening options so you can enjoy a brilliant, confident smile.