REMOVING STAINS FOR BRIGHTER TEETH
Enjoying sodas and certain other dark-colored beverages during your day can put a pep in your step, but it definitely isn't helping your teeth. A lifetime of stains from foods and beverages can cause yellowed or brown teeth. Even consistently brushing and flossing morning and night still might not effectively give you the dazzling smile you're aiming for. Following are a few tooth whitening systems at varying prices, both medical-grade and store-bought kits, to help you get a brighter smile that can stop traffic in Arlington, TX.
THE BEST SMILE STARTS WITH PROPER BRUSHING
Routinely brushing your teeth, flossing, and using a dental rinse is a great place to start. In addition, it's smart to bring a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash in your tote or briefcase to have at the office or school. Any time you go to the restroom or stop for a break, give your mouth a quick once over. In addition to improving your general oral hygiene, you'll also be whitening your teeth.
STORE-BOUGHT TEETH BLEACHING OPTIONS
When you try a drugstore product to whiten your smile, you may see small improvements by just using these products on top of your typical brushing, flossing, and mouthwash regimen. At local department stores and pharmacies in Arlington, TX, you can find numerous kinds of tooth brightening products to use at home, including whitening mouthwash, activated charcoal, and gels containing hydrogen peroxide. Always make sure to follow the instructions included in the box.
- MOUTH TRAYS WITH WHITENING GEL
One-size-fits-most teeth bleaching systems that use mouth trays are available in retail stores, and many have a similar look as the professional mouth trays used at a dental practice. Among the major differences between consumer and professional whitening kits is the individualized fit. The mouth trays in an over-the-counter whitening system may not fit comfortably or might create splotchy results. Further, the bleaching gels in retail kits aren't designed for your specific issues, so you could end up with temperature sensitivity in your teeth or other issues.
- WHITENING KITS THAT USE LIGHTS
To boost the power of some teeth whitening solutions or strips, you can purchase a particular kind of light. LED mouthpieces are positioned in the mouth after you have applied your brightening solution or strips. LED devices have a set exposure time and should be used precisely as instructed.
- TEETH WHITENING STRIPS OR PENS
A lot of stores and pharmacies offer a large selection of different kinds of whitening pens and strips. The whitening strips can be easily applied to your teeth and can be relatively discreet. A whitening pen allows you to strategically apply a gel to your teeth after they have been brushed and are dry. When you have correctly applied the strip or gel to your teeth, it's important to let them set for the time instructed on the package.
SINCE DRUGSTORE OPTIONS WORK, WHY SHOULD I PAY FOR AN IN-OFFICE TREATMENT?
You need to remember that over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments can't give you the same level of results compared to teeth bleaching sessions from a dental professional. Nonprofessional products are lesser strength, so depending on your degree of darkening and whether you have any restorations, etc., your final tooth coloring may be uneven. In addition, these products might lead to tooth and gum sensitivity. Talk to your dental professional about store-bought teeth whitening products, how they perform compared to treatments they offer at their practice, and whether they might recommend any of them to eliminate your specific discoloration.
PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING METHODS
Routine oral exams and professional cleanings not only ensure that your whole mouth stays healthy, but they will also enhance the look of your smile. Removing the built-up tartar and plaque from your enamel is an excellent way to visibly spruce up your smile. For more noticeable results, ask your dental practitioner about the in-office teeth whitening treatments they offer. They may offer prescription-strength teeth whitening sessions, professional at-home kits, and porcelain veneers for a full smile upgrade.
- COSMETIC VENEERS
For a complete smile makeover to effectively make your teeth whiter and address other cosmetic imperfections (for example, broken teeth, wide spacing, extreme staining, and microdontia), cosmetic veneers could be a good treatment. Veneers are tailored to be natural looking and fit perfectly on top of the teeth. Your dental practitioner will have to gently remove a minimal amount of your natural enamel before placing the veneers. As soon as they're in place, you'll have a new, stunning smile.
- IN-OFFICE LASER TEETH WHITENING
In an in-office laser whitening treatment, your dental practitioner will first brush a high-potency whitening solution onto your enamel and then utilize a laser light. The heat from the light boosts the whitening solution to produce more dramatic results. In-office laser whitening is a good choice if you need quick results for a big event or for those who have dental restorations. Certain in-office teeth whitening systems can also reduce internal stains, which over-the-counter options can't do.
- PROFESSIONAL AT-HOME WHITENING PRODUCTS
If you’d prefer to whiten in the privacy of home, many dental practitioners provide professional DIY whitening kits. With personalized dental trays and a high-quality whitening gel chosen for your types of stains, a do-it-yourself whitening kit from your dentist can provide a much more comfortable fit and uniform results. They are simply a much better choice than generic products. After applying the whitening product to the trays, you place them in your mouth for a specified amount of time, as directed by your dentist. When you're ready, you can remove the trays, clean them, and put them away in a safe place. At your next cleaning, you can get a refill on your whitening gel. Do not use store-bought whitening gel with your professional kits, since they can degrade the trays. You may use an at-home whitening kit alone or to keep your results after a professional session.
SHOW OFF YOUR BRIGHTEST, MOST STUNNING SMILE
Having minimal results or sensitive teeth from over-the-counter whitening products is very frustrating. At MINT dentistry in South Arlington, our team provides custom home whitening kits, in-office treatments, and veneers. Each of these choices will be specially designed to match your aesthetic goals, so you get beautiful results without damaging your oral health. Reach out to schedule a consultation at our practice in Arlington, TX to ask about all of our professional and at-home whitening options so you can get a glowing, confident smile.