ELIMINATING DISCOLORATION FOR WHITER TEETH
Sipping on coffee and certain other stain-producing beverages during the day may help keep you awake, but it definitely isn't brightening your smile. A lifetime of stains from foods and beverages can cause dull-looking smiles. Even routinely brushing and flossing morning and night still might not effectively create the bright smile you'd like. Here are some popular tooth whitening systems at varying prices, both professional-grade and at-home products, to help you get a brighter smile that will be the envy of Grand Prairie, TX.
IT ALL STARTS WITH EFFECTIVE BRUSHING
Routinely brushing your teeth, flossing, and using a dental rinse is a good place to start. Also, it's smart to bring a travel-sized dental hygiene kit in your bag 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 convenient brush and rinse. In addition to boosting your general dental hygiene, you'll also be caring for the look of your teeth.
STORE-BOUGHT TEETH WHITENING CHOICES
If you choose a do-it-yourself option to whiten your teeth, you could see slightly noticeable changes in color by simply using these products along with your regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash routine. At many retailers and drugstores in Grand Prairie, TX, you can buy numerous types of tooth brightening products to use at home, including whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and bleaching gels. You should always thoroughly read the directions provided.
- TEETH WHITENING PENS AND STRIPS
Various stores and pharmacies offer numerous different kinds of whitening strips and pens. The strips are easily placed over your teeth and are fairly hard to detect. The whitening pen allows you to accurately apply a gel to your teeth after they have been brushed and are dry. After you have carefully applied the strip or solution to your teeth, you should let them set for the duration instructed on the package.
- ORAL TRAYS WITH HYDROGEN PEROXIDE GEL
Non–medical-grade teeth bleaching systems that use dental trays are available in several types of stores, and some even have the same look as the mouth trays used in dentists' offices. Among the primary differences between store-bought and professional whitening kits is the customized fit. The mouth trays in a store-bought whitening system may not fit comfortably or could create spotty results. Further, the whitening solutions in over-the-counter systems aren't formulated for your exact issues, so you might develop tooth sensitivity or other problems.
- WHITENING KITS WITH LED LIGHTS
To increase the results from some teeth whitening solutions or strips, you can purchase a particular type of light. LED mouthpieces are placed in the mouth once you have applied your bleaching gel or strips. These special trays have a specific exposure time, and it's very important that they be used precisely as instructed.
IF DRUGSTORE OPTIONS WORK, WHY SHOULD I HAVE A PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT?
It's important to remember that nonprofessional teeth bleaching treatments won't give you the same quality of results compared to teeth bleaching treatments from your dental professional. Over-the-counter systems have limited strength, so depending on your stains and if you have any inlays or onlays, etc., your final tooth coloring might be uneven. Plus, these products can cause tooth and gum sensitivity. Talk to your dentist about over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, how they perform compared to treatments they have at their practice, and whether they might suggest any of them to whiten your particular discoloration.
IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING OPTIONS
Twice-yearly dental exams and professional cleanings not only ensure that your whole mouth stays healthy, but they can also improve the look of your smile. Clearing away the built-up tartar and plaque from your enamel is a great way to spruce up your smile. For more significant results, ask your dental professional about the in-office teeth whitening treatments they offer. Many dentists offer custom whitening sessions, professional DIY whitening kits, and porcelain veneers for a full smile makeover.
- PROFESSIONAL DIY WHITENING PRODUCTS
If you’d prefer to whiten in the privacy of home, a lot of dental practitioners provide professional at-home whitening systems. With personalized dental trays and a special whitening gel selected for your types of stains, a do-it-yourself whitening kit from your dentist offers a much more comfortable fit and uniform results. Systems from your dentist are simply a much better choice compared to generic kits. Once you've applied the whitening gel to the upper and lower trays, you put them over your teeth for a specified amount of time, as directed by your dental practitioner. Once the treatment is done, you remove the trays, wash them thoroughly, and put them away for the next use. At your next visit, you can get more of the whitening gel. You should not try to use over-the-counter whitening products with your professional systems because they may degrade your trays. You may use a home whitening kit as your only treatment or to maintain your results after a professional treatment.
- DENTIST-PERFORMED LASER TEETH BLEACHING
During an in-office laser whitening treatment, your dentist will first apply a special whitening gel onto your enamel and then implement a laser light. The energy from the light activates the whitening gel to create optimal outcomes. In-office laser whitening is great when you want results in a hurry for a special event or for those who have crowns, bridges, inlays, etc. Some laser teeth whitening systems can also improve internal stains, which store-bought products can't reach.
- PORCELAIN VENEERS
For a total smile makeover to easily make your teeth more brilliant and cover other visible concerns (like broken teeth, wide spacing, excessive staining, and worn-down teeth), cosmetic veneers may be a good option. Veneers are tailored to look natural and fit perfectly 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. As soon as they're fitted to the teeth, you'll have a brand-new smile.
ACHIEVE YOUR WHITEST, MOST STUNNING SMILE
Getting minimal outcomes or heat and cold sensitivity from consumer whitening treatments can be extremely disappointing. At MINT dentistry in Grand Prairie, out team offers custom home whitening kits, in-office treatments, and porcelain veneers. All of these treatments can be personalized to achieve your cosmetic goals, so you get beautiful results without damaging your teeth. Call us to set up a visit at our practice in Grand Prairie, TX to find out about all of our in-office and at-home whitening treatments so you can show off a glowing, confident smile.