The Best Treatment for Brightening Your Stained, Graying Teeth
GET RID OF DISCOLORATION FOR GLEAMING TEETH
Enjoying coffee and many other stain-producing beverages throughout the day may give you energy, but it won't be brightening your smile. Years of stains from foods and drinks can lead to discolored teeth. Even consistently brushing and flossing twice a day might not be enough to provide the dazzling smile you want. Following are some popular tooth bleaching systems at a range of prices, both medical-grade and over-the-counter kits, to help you achieve a brighter smile that will knock 'em dead in Arlington, TX.
A GORGEOUS SMILE BEGINS WITH PROPER BRUSHING
Consistently brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash is a great place to begin. Also, it's a great idea to put a mini-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash in your tote or backpack to have at work or school. When you stop to visit the bathroom or take a coffee break, give your mouth a quick once over. Beyond taking care of your overall dental health, you'll also be whitening your smile.
DO-IT-YOURSELF TEETH BLEACHING CHOICES
If you use a drugstore option to brighten your smile, you may see slightly noticeable changes in color by just using these treatments in addition to your regular hygiene regimen. At local retailers and pharmacies in Arlington, TX, you can find numerous kinds of tooth lightening products to try at home, including whitening mouthwash, activated charcoal, and gels containing hydrogen peroxide. You should always follow the instructions on the packaging.
- TEETH WHITENING STRIPS OR PENS
Many stores and drug stores offer a large selection of kinds of whitening pens and strips. The strips can be easily applied to your teeth and are relatively discreet. A bleaching pen allows you to carefully apply a hydrogen peroxide solution to your teeth when they have been brushed and are dry. After you have carefully applied the strip or gel to your teeth, it's important to leave them on for the time indicated on the box.
- WHITENING SYSTEMS WITH LIGHTS
To intensify the power of many tooth whitening gels or strips, you can use a special kind of light. LED dental appliances are positioned in the mouth once you have put on your bleaching gel or strips. These special trays have a specific wear time and must be used only as instructed.
- MOUTH TRAYS WITH BRIGHTENING GEL
Generalized teeth bleaching systems that utilize dental trays can be bought in a variety of stores, and some even have the same appearance as the mouth trays provided at a dental practice. One of the primary differences between store-bought and professional teeth whitening systems is the personalized fit. The mouth trays in a nonprofessional whitening kit might not fit appropriately or might cause splotchy results. In addition, the bleaching solutions in store-bought systems aren't designed for your unique needs, so you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks or other problems.
SINCE OVER-THE-COUNTER OPTIONS WORK, WHY SHOULD I PAY FOR AN IN-OFFICE TREATMENT?
You need to know that nonprofessional teeth bleaching products won't produce the same level of results compared to teeth bleaching sessions given by a dental practitioner. Over-the-counter options are very low in strength, so based on your stains and if you have any inlays or onlays, etc., your results may be visibly uneven. Further, the use of these products can result in sensitive teeth and tender gums. Talk to your dental professional about nonprofessional teeth whitening options, how they stack up against treatments they offer at their practice, and whether they would recommend any of them to eliminate your particular discoloration.
MEDICAL-GRADE TEETH WHITENING METHODS
Frequent oral exams and professional cleanings not only make sure that your whole mouth stays healthy, but they will also improve the appearance of your smile. Eliminating the built-up debris and bacteria from your teeth is an easy way to whiten your smile. For more dramatic results, ask your dental professional about the in-office teeth whitening treatments they offer. He or she might offer laser teeth whitening treatments, professional at-home kits, and cosmetic veneers for a complete smile upgrade.
- DENTAL VENEERS
For a complete smile makeover to quickly make your teeth more brilliant and cover other visible issues (like broken teeth, wide gaps, extreme staining, and microdontia), porcelain veneers may be a great treatment. Veneers are specially designed to look natural and fit seamlessly over the teeth. Your dentist will need to carefully shave off a very small amount of your natural enamel before placing the veneers. Once they're in place, you'll have a new, gorgeous smile.
- PROFESSIONAL AT-HOME WHITENING SYSTEMS
For patients who would rather whiten in the comfort of home, a lot of dentists offer professional DIY whitening systems. With customized tooth trays and a high-quality whitening solution selected for your natural teeth, a DIY whitening system from your dentist will give you a much better fit and consistent results. Professional kits are easily a much better option compared to over-the-counter kits. After applying the whitening solution to both trays, you put them over your teeth for a specific amount of time, as directed by your dental practitioner. When you're ready, you take the trays out, wash them thoroughly, and store them in a safe place. During your next visit, you can get more of your whitening gel. You should not use store-bought whitening gel with your custom kits because they may degrade the trays. You may use a home whitening kit alone or to keep your results from a professional treatment.
- PROFESSIONAL LASER TEETH BLEACHING
In an in-office laser whitening procedure, your dentist will first apply a high-strength whitening solution onto your enamel and then utilize a laser light. The heat from the light enhances the whitening product to provide the best results. A laser whitening treatment is ideal when you need fast results for a big event or if you have crowns, bridges, inlays, etc. Certain laser teeth whitening systems can also correct internal stains, which over-the-counter options can't reach.
GET READY TO ENJOY YOUR WHITEST, MOST STUNNING SMILE
Having uneven outcomes or tooth sensitivity from drugstore whitening products can be quite disappointing. At MINT dentistry in North Arlington, our team provides home and in-office whitening treatments, as well as ceramic veneers. All of these treatments will be tailored to match your cosmetic goals, so you see impressive results without harming your oral health. Call us to plan an appointment at our office in Arlington, TX to learn about all of our in-office and at-home whitening options to have a bright, confident smile.