ERASING DISCOLORATION FOR GLEAMING TEETH
Consuming tea and many other stain-producing drinks during your day can help keep you awake, but it definitely isn't helping your smile. Years of stains from dark-colored foods and drinks can result in discolored teeth. Even regularly brushing and flossing morning and night may not be enough to give you the brilliant smile you'd like. Following are some familiar tooth whitening systems at a range of prices, both professional-grade and at-home products, to help you show off a brighter smile that will light up Galveston, TX.
THE BEST SMILE BEGINS WITH EFFECTIVE BRUSHING
Regularly flossing, brushing, and using a dental rinse is a smart place to begin. In addition, it's smart to bring a mini-sized dental hygiene kit in your bag or backpack to keep handy at the office or school. Whenever you go to the restroom or take a break, give your teeth a quick brush and rinse. Beyond boosting your general dental hygiene, you'll also be whitening your smile.
OVER-THE-COUNTER TEETH WHITENING PRODUCTS
When you opt for a drugstore product to lighten your smile, you will often see slightly noticeable improvements by just using these products along with your daily brushing, flossing, and mouthwash routine. At several retailers and drugstores in Galveston, TX, you can buy numerous kinds of tooth lightening options to use at home, including activated charcoal, whitening toothpaste, and whitening mouthwash. You should always thoroughly read the directions included in the box.
- MOUTH TRAYS WITH HYDROGEN PEROXIDE GEL
Universal-fit teeth bleaching kits that use mouth trays can be bought in retail stores, and some even have the same look as the dental trays provided at a dental practice. One of the main differences between store-bought and professional teeth whitening kits is the customized fit. The mouth trays in an over-the-counter whitening system may feel uncomfortable or could leave you with uneven results. In addition, the bleaching solutions in store-bought systems aren't designed for your exact goals, so you could end up with sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks or other issues.
- TEETH WHITENING STRIPS OR PENS
Several types of stores and drug stores stock a large selection of different brands of whitening strips and pens. The whitening strips can be easily placed on your teeth and are pretty discreet. The whitening pen allows you to precisely apply a hydrogen peroxide solution to your teeth when they are clean and dry. After you have carefully applied the strip or gel to your teeth, it's important to leave them on for the time directed on the package.
- BLEACHING KITS THAT USE LIGHTS
To increase the outcomes from many teeth whitening solutions or strips, you can use a particular type of light. LED mouth tray devices should be inserted in the mouth once you have put on your whitening gel or strips. LED trays have a set wear time and must be used exactly as stated in the directions.
IF OVER-THE-COUNTER OPTIONS WORK, WHY SHOULD I HAVE A PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT?
It's important to remember that store-bought teeth bleaching products won't give you the same type of results compared to teeth whitening sessions given by your dental practitioner. Store-bought products are very low in strength, so depending on your stains and if you have any bridges or crowns, etc., your outcome could be uneven. Further, the use of these products can lead to sensitive teeth and tender gums. Talk to your dentist about nonprofessional teeth whitening systems, how they stack up against treatments they offer in their office, and if they might recommend any of them to eliminate your specific stains.
PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING METHODS
Twice-yearly dental exams and professional cleanings not only make sure that your whole mouth stays healthy, but they should also help the look of your smile. Clearing away the built-up debris and bacteria from your teeth is an excellent way to whiten your smile. For more dramatic results, talk to your dental professional about the in-office teeth whitening systems they provide. Your dentist may offer custom whitening sessions, professional at-home kits, and porcelain veneers for a full smile makeover.
- CUSTOM DIY WHITENING SYSTEMS
For those who would rather whiten in the privacy of home, a lot of dental practices provide professional do-it-yourself whitening kits. With tailor-made mouth trays and a high-quality whitening solution selected for your goals, a DIY whitening system from your dentist can provide a much more comfortable fit and even results. Professional kits are easily a better choice compared to store-bought kits. After applying the whitening gel to the trays, you place them in your mouth for a specific length of time, as instructed by your dental practitioner. Once the treatment is done, you take the trays out, wash them thoroughly, and put them away for the next use. During your next visit, you can ask for a refill on your whitening gel. Do not use over-the-counter whitening products with your custom systems because they may erode your trays. You can use an at-home whitening kit as a stand-alone process or to extend your results from an in-office treatment.
- PROFESSIONAL LASER TEETH WHITENING
In an in-office laser whitening session, your dental practitioner will first brush a high-potency whitening gel onto your enamel and then go a step further with a laser light. The heat emitted by the laser boosts the whitening solution to produce maximum outcomes. This technique is great if you want quick results to prepare for an important event or if you have crowns, bridges, inlays, etc. Some laser teeth whitening procedures can also reduce internal discoloration, which store-bought products can't do.
- DENTAL VENEERS
For a total smile makeover to effectively make your teeth whiter and cover other aesthetic issues (for example, chips, gaps, extreme discoloration, and small teeth), cosmetic veneers can be a good choice. Veneers are customized to look like real enamel and fit comfortably over the teeth. Your dental practitioner will have to carefully shave away a very small amount of your natural enamel in order to make room for the veneers. When they're in place, you'll have a new, stunning smile.
GET READY TO ENJOY YOUR BRIGHTEST, MOST STUNNING SMILE
Having minimal results or tooth sensitivity from consumer whitening treatments can be very disappointing. At MINT dentistry in Galveston, our dentists offer laser teeth whitening, home whitening kits, and porcelain veneers. Each of these treatments can be customized to fit your cosmetic goals, so you get beautiful results without compromising your oral health. Reach out to set up a consultation at our office in Galveston, TX to ask about all of our professional and at-home whitening treatments so you can get a bright, attractive smile.