GET RID OF DISCOLORATION FOR WHITER TEETH
Drinking coffee or certain other staining drinks throughout the day can put a pep in your step, but it won't be helping your smile. A lifetime of stains from foods and beverages can result in dingy smiles. Even routinely brushing and flossing morning and night may not be enough to create the dazzling smile you want. Below, we've listed some popular tooth bleaching options at varying prices, both medical-grade and over-the-counter products, to help you get a whiter smile that will light up Richardson, TX.
IT ALL BEGINS WITH REGULAR BRUSHING
Simply flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash is a smart place to begin. Also, it's a great idea to put a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash in your bag or backpack to keep handy at work or school. Any time you visit the restroom or stop for a break, give your teeth a simple freshening up. In addition to improving your general oral hygiene, you'll also be caring for the look of your teeth.
STORE-BOUGHT TEETH WHITENING PRODUCTS
When you use an over-the-counter product to lighten your smile, you might see minor changes in color by simply applying these treatments along with your usual brushing, flossing, and mouthwash routine. At many retailers and pharmacies in Richardson, TX, you can buy a variety of types of tooth lightening options to use at home, like whitening mouthwash, activated charcoal, and gels containing hydrogen peroxide. It is always important to follow the instructions on the packaging.
- WHITENING KITS THAT USE LIGHTS
To intensify the outcomes from certain tooth bleaching gels or strips, you can also apply a special kind of light. LED mouthpieces should be inserted around the teeth once you have put on your whitening gel or strips. LED trays have a set wear time, and it's very important that they be used only as stated in the directions.
- TEETH BLEACHING STRIPS OR PENS
Many retailers and drug stores have a large selection of different types of bleaching strips and pens. The whitening strips can be easily applied to your teeth and can be fairly hard to detect. A whitening pen enables you to strategically apply a hydrogen peroxide solution to your teeth after they have been brushed and are dry. After you have correctly applied the strip or gel to your teeth, make sure to let them set for the time indicated on the product.
- DENTAL TRAYS WITH BLEACHING GEL
Generalized teeth bleaching products with dental trays can be found in a variety of stores, and many have a similar look as the mouth trays provided by your dentist. One of the major differences between consumer and professional teeth whitening kits is the personalized fit. The dental trays in a nonprofessional whitening kit may hurt to wear or might leave you with splotchy results. Further, the whitening solutions in store-bought kits aren't formulated for your exact discoloration, so you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks or other problems.
IF STORE-BOUGHT PRODUCTS WORK, DO I REALLY NEED TO GET AN IN-OFFICE PROCEDURE?
You need to be aware that store-bought teeth whitening products won't produce the same type of results as teeth bleaching sessions from a dentist. Nonprofessional systems are lesser strength, so depending on your degree of darkening and whether you have any inlays or onlays, etc., your outcome will likely be visibly uneven. Plus, the use of these products can result in inflamed gums and sensitive teeth. Ask your dental practitioner about nonprofessional teeth whitening kits, how they stack up against treatments they offer in their office, and whether they would recommend any of them to improve your specific discoloration.
MEDICAL-GRADE TEETH WHITENING OPTIONS
Frequent oral exams and cleanings not only make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy, but they should also help the look of your smile. Eliminating the accumulated tartar and plaque from your teeth is an easy way to brighten your smile. For more significant results, ask your dental practitioner about the in-office teeth whitening treatments they provide. He or she might offer laser teeth whitening sessions, professional at-home whitening kits, and cosmetic veneers for a total smile upgrade.
- PROFESSIONAL LASER TEETH BLEACHING
In an in-office laser whitening session, your dental practitioner will first brush a special whitening gel onto your enamel and then go a step further with a laser light. The energy emitted by the light boosts the whitening solution to provide maximum results. In-office laser whitening is great if you want results in a hurry to prepare for a special event or if you have dental restorations. Certain laser teeth whitening procedures can also reduce internal discoloration, which store-bought products can't do.
- MEDICAL-GRADE AT-HOME WHITENING PRODUCTS
If you’d rather whiten in the privacy of home, many dentists offer professional DIY whitening kits. With customized mouth trays and a special whitening solution selected for your natural teeth, a home whitening system from your dentist offers a much more comfortable fit and even results. Professional kits are easily a better option compared to over-the-counter products. After applying the whitening product to the upper and lower trays, you put them in your mouth for a specific amount of time, as instructed by your dental practitioner. Once the treatment is done, you take the trays out, wash them thoroughly, and put them away in a safe place. During your next cleaning, you can ask for more of the whitening gel. You should not try to use over-the-counter whitening gel with your professional kits because they may degrade your trays. You may use an at-home whitening kit as a stand-alone process or to maintain your results after laser whitening.
- DENTAL VENEERS
For a full smile makeover to effectively make your teeth whiter and camouflage other cosmetic flaws (such as broken teeth, gaps, extreme discoloration, and microdontia), porcelain veneers can be a great option. Veneers are customized to look like real enamel and fit perfectly over the teeth. Your dental practitioner will have to carefully shave off a minimal amount of your tooth enamel in order to make room for the veneers. As soon as they're fitted to the teeth, you'll have a brand-new smile.
SHOW OFF YOUR WHITEST, MOST STUNNING SMILE
Having limited outcomes or heat and cold sensitivity from drugstore whitening treatments can be quite disappointing. At MINT dentistry in Richardson Breckinridge, our dentists provide laser teeth whitening, home whitening kits, and veneers. All of these choices will be specially designed to achieve your cosmetic goals, so you get beautiful results without harming your teeth. Call us to plan an appointment at our practice in Richardson, TX to ask about all of our in-office and at-home whitening treatments so you can enjoy a glowing, confident smile.