ERASING DISCOLORATION FOR SPARKLING TEETH
Drinking coffee or many other staining drinks throughout your day may put a pep in your step, but it won't be brightening your teeth. The accumulation of stains from foods and beverages can lead to dingy smiles. Even diligently brushing and flossing morning and night might not be enough to provide the Hollywood smile you're aiming for. Here are some familiar tooth bleaching systems at a range of prices, both medical-grade and at-home kits, to help you show off a brighter smile that will be the envy of Houston, TX.
YOUR WHITEST SMILE BEGINS WITH EFFECTIVE BRUSHING
Just flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash is a good place to begin. In addition, it's smart to put a mini-sized oral hygiene kit in your bag or backpack to keep handy at work or school. Whenever you go to the bathroom or stop for a coffee break, give your teeth a quick brush and rinse. In addition to boosting your general oral hygiene, you'll also be brightening your smile.
DO-IT-YOURSELF TEETH BLEACHING CHOICES
If you choose an over-the-counter product to lighten your smile, you could see slightly noticeable changes in color by simply using these treatments in addition to your daily hygiene routine. At local department stores and drugstores in Houston, TX, you can purchase numerous kinds of tooth lightening options to try at home, like whitening mouthwash, activated charcoal, and gels containing hydrogen peroxide. It is always important to pay careful attention to the instructions included in the box.
- ORAL TRAYS WITH HYDROGEN PEROXIDE GEL
Non–medical-grade teeth bleaching systems that use mouth trays can be bought in a variety of stores, and many have the same appearance as the dental trays used in dentists' offices. Among the main differences between consumer and professional teeth whitening kits is the individualized fit. The mouth trays in a consumer whitening kit may not fit comfortably or could give you splotchy results. Further, the bleaching gels in store-bought kits aren't formulated for your unique issues, so you might develop temperature sensitivity in your teeth or other problems.
- BLEACHING KITS WITH LIGHTS
To boost the results from many teeth whitening solutions or strips, you can purchase a special kind of light. LED mouthpieces should be positioned around the teeth once you have applied your whitening gel or strips. These special devices have a set exposure time, and it's very important that they be used precisely as stated in the directions.
- TEETH BLEACHING PENS AND STRIPS
Many retailers and drug stores offer numerous brands of whitening pens and strips. The strips can be easily placed over your teeth and are pretty discreet. The bleaching pen allows you to strategically apply a hydrogen peroxide solution to your teeth after they have been brushed and are dry. After you have correctly applied the strip or gel to your teeth, make sure to leave them on for the time instructed on the product.
SINCE DIY METHODS WORK, DO I REALLY NEED TO GET AN IN-OFFICE TREATMENT?
It's important to remember that store-bought teeth bleaching treatments won't offer the same type of results compared to teeth whitening sessions from a dental practitioner. Over-the-counter products are very low in strength, so based on your discoloration and if you have any bridges or crowns, etc., your final tooth coloring could be uneven. Further, the use of these products could lead to inflamed gums and sensitive teeth. Ask your dental practitioner about nonprofessional teeth whitening options, how they stack up against treatments they provide in their office, and whether they would suggest any of them to eliminate your particular discoloration.
IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING METHODS
Regular dental exams and cleanings not only ensure that your whole mouth stays healthy, but they can also help the appearance of your smile. Removing the built-up tartar and plaque from your teeth is an easy way to brighten your smile. If you want more noticeable results, speak to your dental professional about the in-office teeth whitening treatments they provide. Your dentist may offer custom whitening sessions, professional DIY whitening systems, and dental veneers for a complete smile makeover.
- COSMETIC VENEERS
For a total smile makeover to quickly make your teeth more brilliant and address other visible flaws (for example, chips, extra spacing, severe staining, and small teeth), dental veneers may be a good option. Veneers are individually made to be natural looking and fit perfectly over the teeth. Your dental practitioner will need to gently remove a very small amount of your enamel before placing the veneers. Once they're in place, you'll have a new, stunning smile.
- IN-OFFICE LASER TEETH WHITENING
For a professional laser whitening treatment, your dentist will first apply a medical-grade whitening solution onto your teeth and then go a step further with a laser light. The energy emitted by the light activates the whitening product to provide the best results. In-office laser whitening is a good choice if you need results in a hurry before an important event or for those who have crowns, bridges, inlays, etc. Certain laser teeth whitening systems can also improve internal discoloration, which over-the-counter options can't reach.
- CUSTOM AT-HOME WHITENING KITS
For those who would rather whiten in the comfort of home, many dental practices offer professional home whitening kits. With tailor-made mouth trays and a high-quality whitening gel chosen for your types of discoloration, an at-home whitening kit from your dentist will give you a much more comfortable fit and uniform results. Systems from your dentist are easily a better choice than generic products. Once you've applied the whitening gel to the trays, you place them in your mouth for a specified length of time, as directed by your dentist. Once the treatment is done, you remove the trays, rinse them off, and store them in a safe place. At your next visit, you can ask for a refill on the whitening gel. You should not try to use store-bought whitening products with your professional kits because they can harm your trays. You can use a home whitening kit as your only treatment or to keep your results after a professional session.
YOU DESERVE TO HAVE YOUR BRIGHTEST, BEST SMILE
Getting limited results or tooth sensitivity from drugstore whitening products is quite disappointing. At MINT dentistry in Heights, we provide custom home whitening kits, in-office treatments, and porcelain veneers. All of these choices can be customized to fit your aesthetic goals, so you get great results without harming your oral health. Call us to schedule an appointment at our office in Houston, TX to find out about all of our in-office and at-home whitening treatments to get a glowing, sexy smile.