BANISHING DISCOLORATION FOR WHITER TEETH
Sipping on tea or many other staining beverages during the day may help keep you awake, but it won't be brightening your teeth. The accumulation of stains from dark-colored foods and drinks can result in yellowed or brown teeth. Even consistently brushing and flossing twice a day still may not effectively provide the brilliant smile you want. Following are some popular tooth whitening options at a range of prices, both professional-grade and over-the-counter kits, to help you achieve a brighter smile that will be the envy of Grapevine, TX.
A GORGEOUS SMILE BEGINS WITH PROPER BRUSHING
Just brushing your teeth, flossing, and using a dental rinse is a great place to start. In addition, it's smart to pack a travel-sized oral hygiene kit in your purse or briefcase to use at work or school. When you stop to visit the restroom or take a coffee break, give your mouth a simple once over. Beyond boosting your overall dental hygiene, you'll also be whitening your smile.
OVER-THE-COUNTER TEETH BLEACHING OPTIONS
When you try a do-it-yourself option to brighten your teeth, you may see small changes in color by just using these products along with your usual hygiene regimen. At local department stores and pharmacies in Grapevine, TX, you can purchase a variety of types of tooth lightening options to try at home, including whitening mouthwash, activated charcoal, and gels containing hydrogen peroxide. Always make sure to pay careful attention to the directions included in the box.
- TEETH BLEACHING STRIPS OR PENS
Many stores and drug stores offer a large selection of different brands of whitening pens and strips. The whitening strips can be easily applied to your teeth and can be relatively hard to detect. The bleaching pen enables you to precisely 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, you should leave them on for as long as indicated on the product.
- WHITENING KITS WITH LIGHTS
To enhance the power of some teeth bleaching solutions or strips, you can buy a special kind of light. LED mouth tray devices are inserted in the mouth after you have applied your whitening gel or strips. LED devices have a set application time, and it's very important that they be used precisely as stated in the directions.
- DENTAL TRAYS WITH HYDROGEN PEROXIDE GEL
One-size-fits-most teeth whitening products that utilize dental trays are available in several types of stores, and many have the same look as the professional tray systems provided in dentists' offices. Among the major differences between consumer and professional whitening systems is the customized fit. The trays in a store-bought whitening system may not fit appropriately or might create spotty results. In addition, the bleaching solutions in retail systems aren't designed for your exact goals, so you could end up with sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks or other problems.
SINCE OVER-THE-COUNTER METHODS WORK, DO I REALLY NEED TO HAVE AN EXPERT PROCEDURE?
You need to remember that nonprofessional teeth bleaching products aren't going to give you the same type of results compared to teeth whitening sessions performed by your dentist. Store-bought products are lesser strength, so depending on your discoloration and if you have any inlays or onlays, etc., your outcome may be visibly uneven. Plus, using these products can result in sensitive teeth and tender gums. Ask your dentist about store-bought teeth whitening systems, how they perform compared to treatments they have in their office, and whether they might suggest any of them to reduce your specific discoloration.
IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING OPTIONS
Twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings not only make sure that your whole mouth stays healthy, but they can also brighten the look of your smile. Scraping away the accumulated tartar and plaque from your teeth is an excellent way to visibly spruce up your smile. If you want more impressive results, speak to your dental professional about the in-office teeth whitening options they offer. Your dentist may offer laser whitening treatments, professional at-home systems, and dental veneers for a total smile makeover.
- PROFESSIONAL LASER TEETH WHITENING
In an in-office laser whitening treatment, your dentist will first brush a special whitening solution onto your teeth and then implement a laser light. The heat emitted by the laser boosts the whitening product to create optimal results. A laser whitening treatment is ideal when you want fast results for a special event or for those who have crowns, bridges, inlays, etc. Some in-office teeth whitening systems can also improve internal stains, which retail options can't reach.
- MEDICAL-GRADE AT-HOME WHITENING PRODUCTS
If you’d rather whiten in the privacy of home, many dentists provide professional home whitening systems. With personalized tooth trays and a special whitening solution chosen for your needs, a home whitening kit from your dentist will give you a much more comfortable fit and uniform results. Systems from your dentist are easily a much better option than generic kits. 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 dentist. When you're ready, you can remove the trays, wash them thoroughly, and put them away for the next use. At your next visit, you can ask for more of your whitening gel. You should not use over-the-counter whitening gel with your custom systems, since they may cause damage to the trays. You may use a home whitening kit as a stand-alone process or to extend your results after an in-office treatment.
- PORCELAIN VENEERS
For a complete smile makeover to easily make your teeth brighter and mask other aesthetic issues (such as cracks, extra spacing, excessive staining, and small teeth), dental veneers may be a good option. Veneers are individually made to be natural looking and fit seamlessly on top of the teeth. Your dental practitioner will need to carefully remove a tiny amount of your natural enamel in order to make room for the veneers. When they're in place, you'll have a brand-new smile.
SHOW OFF YOUR BRIGHTEST, MOST STUNNING SMILE
Experiencing limited results or sensitive teeth from over-the-counter whitening products is extremely frustrating. At MINT dentistry in Grapevine, our dentists offer home and in-office whitening treatments, as well as ceramic veneers. Each of these choices can be tailored to match your cosmetic goals, so you get beautiful results without harming your oral health. Contact us to set up a consultation at our practice in Grapevine, TX to find out about all of our professional and at-home whitening options to get a bright, attractive smile.