ERASING DISCOLORATION FOR SPARKLING TEETH
Sipping on coffee and many other stain-producing drinks during your day may help keep you awake, but it definitely isn't brightening your smile. The accumulation of stains from foods and drinks can result in dull-looking teeth. Even regularly brushing and flossing twice a day still might not be enough to create the bright smile you're aiming for. Below, we've listed some familiar tooth whitening systems at varying prices, both medical-grade and at-home products, to help you obtain a whiter smile that will light up Dallas, TX.
YOUR WHITEST SMILE STARTS WITH PROPER BRUSHING
Regularly brushing your teeth, flossing, and using a dental rinse is a smart place to begin. Also, it's smart to put a mini-sized dental hygiene kit in your tote or briefcase to use at work or school. Any time you visit the restroom or stop for a break, give your mouth a quick brush and rinse. Beyond boosting your overall oral health, you'll also be caring for the look of your teeth.
DO-IT-YOURSELF TEETH BLEACHING OPTIONS
If you use a do-it-yourself product to whiten your teeth, you may see slightly noticeable changes in color by just using these treatments along with your typical hygiene regimen. At most department stores and pharmacies in Dallas, TX, you can purchase a variety of types of tooth whitening options to try at home, including whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and bleaching gels. It is always important to follow the directions provided.
- TEETH WHITENING STRIPS OR PENS
Various retailers and drug stores have a large selection of different kinds of bleaching pens and strips. The whitening strips can be easily applied to your teeth and are relatively discreet. A whitening pen allows you to strategically apply a hydrogen peroxide solution to your teeth after they have been brushed and are dry. Once you have carefully applied the strip or gel to your teeth, it's important to leave them on for the time indicated on the package.
- BLEACHING KITS THAT USE LIGHTS
To increase the power of some tooth bleaching solutions or strips, you can buy a special type of light. LED dental appliances should be inserted in the mouth once you have put on your whitening solution or strips. LED trays have a set exposure time, and it's very important that they be used exactly as stated in the directions.
- DENTAL TRAYS WITH WHITENING GEL
Non–medical-grade teeth bleaching kits with mouth trays are available in several types of stores, and some even have the same appearance as the mouth trays utilized at a dental practice. Among the main differences between drugstore and professional whitening systems is the customized fit. The trays in a nonprofessional whitening kit might feel uncomfortable or could leave you with splotchy results. Further, the bleaching solutions in retail kits aren't customized for your unique needs, so you might develop sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks or other issues.
SINCE STORE-BOUGHT PRODUCTS WORK, DO I REALLY NEED TO GET AN IN-OFFICE PROCEDURE?
It's important to know that over-the-counter teeth bleaching options aren't going to give you the same quality of results as teeth bleaching treatments from a dental professional. Nonprofessional kits have limited strength, so depending on your discoloration and if you have any restorations, etc., your results may be uneven. In addition, the use of these products might result in sensitive teeth and tender gums. Talk to your dental professional about over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, how they compare to treatments they have at their practice, and if they would recommend any of them for your specific stains.
DENTIST-PERFORMED TEETH WHITENING METHODS
Frequent dental exams and cleanings not only ensure that your teeth are healthy, but they will also brighten the look of your smile. Removing the built-up tartar and plaque from your enamel is an easy way to brighten your smile. For more dramatic results, speak to your dental practitioner about the in-office teeth whitening systems they provide. He or she might offer laser teeth whitening treatments, professional at-home whitening kits, and cosmetic veneers] for a total smile upgrade.
- COSMETIC VENEERS
For a total smile makeover to effectively make your teeth more brilliant and camouflage other aesthetic issues (such as broken teeth, extra spacing, extreme discoloration, and short teeth), cosmetic veneers may be a great choice. Veneers are specially designed to look natural and fit comfortably over the teeth. Your dental practitioner will need to carefully remove a very small amount of your tooth enamel in order to make room for the veneers. As soon as they're in place, you'll have a new, stunning smile.
- MEDICAL-GRADE DIY WHITENING KITS
If you’d rather whiten in the privacy of home, a lot of dentists offer professional at-home whitening systems. With personalized mouth trays and a professional-strength whitening solution chosen for your types of discoloration, a home whitening system from your dentist offers a much more comfortable fit and even results. Professional kits are just a much better option than generic products. Once you've applied the whitening gel to the upper and lower trays, you place them over your teeth for a specified amount of time, as directed by your dentist. When you're ready, you can take the trays out, rinse them off, and store them in a safe place. At your next visit, you can ask for more of the whitening gel. You should not use store-bought whitening gel with your professional systems because they can cause damage to the trays. You can use a home whitening kit alone or to extend your results from a professional session.
- IN-OFFICE LASER TEETH WHITENING
In a professional laser whitening treatment, your dentist will first brush a special whitening solution onto your teeth and then go a step further with a laser light. The heat emitted by the light boosts the whitening solution to provide the best outcomes. In-office laser whitening is a good choice if you need fast results to get ready for a special event or for those who have dental restorations. Some laser teeth whitening procedures can also help with internal stains, which over-the-counter options can't reach.
GET YOUR BRIGHTEST, MOST STUNNING SMILE
Getting uneven outcomes or tooth sensitivity from drugstore whitening treatments can be quite disappointing. At MINT dentistry in Carrollton, our dentists offer laser teeth whitening, home whitening kits, and dental veneers. Each of these choices can be tailored to achieve your cosmetic goals, so you get impressive results without damaging your teeth. Call us to schedule a visit at our office in Dallas, TX to find out about all of our in-office and at-home whitening treatments so you can show off a gleaming, attractive smile.