I WANT WHITER TEETH! HOW CAN I GET THERE?
Sipping on coffee, tea, or sodas during the day can put a pep in your step; however, it isn't helping your smile. A lifetime of stains from foods and drinks can make your teeth look dull and yellow. Even if you are brushing in the morning and at night, it may not give you the dazzling smile you'd like. These are some of the more popular treatments at varying prices if you want a smile that lights up Wake Forest, NC.
BRUSH YOUR TEETH MORE
Just flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash is a great place to begin. You can pack a small toothpaste and toothbrush in your briefcase or purse to use at the office. When you stop to go to the bathroom or stop for a break, you can brush your teeth. This can help your oral hygiene overall, which is always a good thing, in addition to brightening your smile.
OPTIONS FROM THE STORE
When you want to use a do-it-yourself approach to whitening your teeth, you may see some improvements by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash with products designed for whitening. At local stores in Wake Forest, NC, you can buy whitening products to use at home, including whitening toothpaste or activated charcoal. When using these products, you should brush your teeth as directed on the packaging.
- WHITENING STRIPS AND PENS
At many stores, you can choose from lots of whitening pens and strips. The strips are placed over your teeth. The pen allows you to apply a gel to your teeth after they are dry and clean. You can apply the strip or gel to your teeth and leave them for 30 minutes to treat your teeth.
- BLEACHING GEL WITH TRAYS
Bleaching kits with trays are available in retail stores and some even have a similar feel and look as the trays provided by your dentist. The main difference between over-the-counter and professional whitening kits is personalization. The trays in an over-the-counter kit may feel uncomfortable or leave you with uneven results. The whitening gel in over-the-counter kits is also not customized for your needs and goals, so you could develop tooth sensitivity or other problems.
- KITS WITH A LIGHT
To increase the power of your chosen whitening gel or strips, you can add a light. LED mouthpieces have a set time (usually ten minutes) for you to wear after you have applied your whitening gel or strips.
THERE IS A CATCH (OR A FEW)
Remember that over-the-counter whitening treatments aren't going to produce the same level of results compared to professional teeth whitening. The treatments are only strong enough to work on your actual teeth, so when they're used on restorations (crowns, bridges, onlays, or inlays), your results will be uneven. Not to mention using these products can make your teeth and gums really sensitive and tender. Talk to your dentist about your whitening goals and find out if they would suggest any of the whitening products found in stores and how they compare to treatments they provide.
Your regular exam and professional cleaning can not only keep your teeth healthy, but these visits also improve the appearance of your smile. Removing the tartar and plaque from your enamel is an easy way to making your teeth look whiter. For more impressive results, ask your dentist about professional teeth whitening options. Many dentists offer in-office whitening, home kits, as well as cosmetic veneers for a full smile makeover.
- IN-OFFICE WHITENING
Your dentist can brush on a professional gel on your enamel and then shine a laser light on your teeth. The energy from the light is what produces the best results. This technique is ideal for when you need your teeth whitener in a hurry for a special event or to give even results to patients with crowns or bridges. Some in-office whitening treatments can also help with internal stains.
- CUSTOM HOME WHITENING
To whiten in the privacy and comfort of your bathroom, ask your dentist about a professional home whitening kit. With dental trays made custom for even results to be used with professional-strength gel chosen for your needs and goals, a home whitening kit from your dentist is a better option compared to store-bought kits. Once you've applied the gel to the trays, you place it in your mouth for as directed by your dentist. Then, you remove the trays, clean them, and store them in a safe place. During your next appointment, you can ask for more of the gel. You should not use store-bought whitening gel with your professional trays because they can cause damage to the trays. You may use a home kit alone or to maintain your results after laser whitening.
- DENTAL VENEERS
If you want to make your smile brighter quickly and cover other visible concerns (such as gaps, chips, short teeth, and discoloration), cosmetic veneers can be a great option. Porcelain veneers are custom designed to look natural and fit comfortably over your teeth. Veneers are a great choice if you have internal stains or stubborn discoloration that will not be improved, even with professional treatments.
GET YOUR BRIGHTEST SMILE
When you are disappointed by limited results or sensitivity from store-bought whitening treatments, ask your dentist about professional whitening treatments. DentalWorks in Wake Forest, NC offers laser teeth whitening, home whitening kits, and cosmetic veneers. Whatever treatment you choose, it will be personalized to match your goals, so you see great results without compromising your oral health. Ask about professional whitening options at your next visit or contact us to schedule an initial consultation so you can start enjoying a bright, confident smile.