ELIMINATING DISCOLORATION FOR SPARKLING TEETH
Consuming sodas and certain other dark-colored beverages during the day may put a pep in your step, but it definitely isn't brightening your smile. The accumulation of stains from dark-colored foods and beverages can cause discolored teeth. Even diligently brushing and flossing morning and night still may not be enough to create the Hollywood smile you want. Here are some familiar tooth whitening systems at varying prices, both medical-grade and at-home products, to help you get a whiter smile that can stop traffic in Houston, TX.
THE BEST SMILE BEGINS WITH EFFECTIVE BRUSHING
Consistently brushing your teeth, flossing, and using a dental rinse is a smart place to begin. In addition, it's a great idea to bring a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash in your tote or briefcase to use at the office or school. Whenever you visit the bathroom or stop for a coffee break, give your mouth a quick once over. In addition to enhancing your general dental hygiene, you'll also be brightening your teeth.
STORE-BOUGHT TEETH WHITENING OPTIONS
If you try a drugstore product to whiten your teeth, you may see minor improvements by just applying these products along with your usual brushing, flossing, and mouthwash regimen. At most retailers and pharmacies in Houston, TX, you can buy many kinds of tooth lightening options to try at home, such as whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and bleaching gels. You should always follow the directions included in the box.
- WHITENING KITS WITH LIGHTS
To increase the power of many teeth whitening solutions or strips, you can purchase a special type of light. LED mouthpieces should be positioned in the mouth after you have put on your brightening solution or strips. These special devices have a specific application time, and it's very important that they be used exactly as instructed.
- TEETH BLEACHING PENS AND STRIPS
Many retailers and drug stores have a large selection of different brands of whitening pens and strips. The strips can be easily placed on your teeth and can be fairly hard to detect. The whitening pen enables you to accurately apply a hydrogen peroxide solution to your teeth when they are clean and dry. When you have carefully applied the strip or gel to your teeth, it's important to not disturb them for the duration directed on the package.
- DENTAL TRAYS WITH BRIGHTENING GEL
One-size-fits-most teeth whitening systems with mouth trays can be bought in several types of stores, and a lot of them have a similar appearance as the professional tray systems used in dentists' offices. One of the main differences between consumer and professional teeth whitening kits is the customized fit. The dental trays in a consumer whitening system may hurt to wear or could leave you with spotty results. Also, the bleaching gels in over-the-counter systems aren't formulated for your unique needs, so you may end up with temperature sensitivity in your teeth or other problems.
SINCE STORE-BOUGHT PRODUCTS WORK, WHY SHOULD I PAY FOR AN EXPERT TREATMENT?
You need to know that nonprofessional teeth bleaching treatments can't offer the same type of results as teeth bleaching treatments from your dentist. Over-the-counter systems are very low in strength, so depending on your degree of darkening and whether you have any inlays or onlays, etc., your outcome may be visibly uneven. Further, the use of these products might cause sensitive teeth and tender gums. Talk to your dentist about store-bought teeth whitening options, how they compare to treatments they offer in their office, and whether they might recommend any of them to improve your specific stains.
PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING CHOICES
Frequent oral exams and cleanings not only ensure that your teeth are healthy, but they can also enhance the appearance of your smile. Eliminating the built-up tartar and plaque from your teeth is an easy way to visibly whiten your smile. If you want more impressive results, talk to your dentist about the in-office teeth whitening treatments they offer. He or she might offer custom teeth whitening sessions, professional DIY systems, and ceramic veneers for a total smile upgrade.
- IN-OFFICE LASER TEETH BLEACHING
During a professional laser whitening procedure, your dentist will first brush a special whitening solution onto your teeth and then implement a laser light. The heat from the laser boosts the whitening gel to produce maximum outcomes. A laser whitening treatment is a good choice if you want quick results to get ready for an important event or if you have crowns, bridges, inlays, etc. Certain laser teeth whitening systems can also reduce internal discoloration, which over-the-counter options can't do.
- PORCELAIN VENEERS
For a complete smile makeover to easily make your teeth more brilliant and camouflage other cosmetic flaws (such as cracks, gaps, extreme staining, and microdontia), porcelain veneers can be a great option. Veneers are customized to look natural and fit perfectly on top of the teeth. Your dental practitioner will have to gently remove a tiny amount of your natural enamel in order to make room for the veneers. Once they're fitted to the teeth, you'll have a new, stunning smile.
- MEDICAL-GRADE AT-HOME WHITENING KITS
For those who would rather whiten in the privacy of home, some dental practices provide professional DIY whitening kits. With tailor-made tooth trays and a special whitening gel chosen for your types of discoloration, an at-home whitening system from your dentist can provide a much more comfortable fit and even results. They are simply a better option than generic products. After applying the whitening solution to both trays, you put them in your mouth for a specific length of time, as directed by your dental practitioner. Then, you remove the trays, rinse them off, and put them away in a safe place. During your next cleaning, you can ask for more of your whitening gel. Do not try to use store-bought whitening products with your custom systems, since they can erode your trays. You can use a home whitening kit alone or to keep your results after a professional session.
ACHIEVE YOUR WHITEST, BEST SMILE
Getting minimal outcomes or sensitive teeth from over-the-counter whitening products can be extremely frustrating. At MINT dentistry in Westheimer, our team provides laser teeth whitening, home whitening kits, and veneers. All of these treatments can be customized to fit your aesthetic goals, so you see impressive results without damaging your teeth. Call us to set up an appointment at our practice in Houston, TX to find out about all of our in-office and at-home whitening options to have a gleaming, confident smile.