BANISHING DISCOLORATION FOR GLEAMING TEETH
Enjoying tea or certain other stain-producing drinks throughout the day can put a pep in your step, but it won't be helping your smile. The accumulation of stains from dark-colored foods and drinks can lead to yellowed or brown smiles. Even regularly brushing and flossing after each meal may not be enough to create the stunning smile you want. Here are some familiar tooth whitening systems at a range of prices, both medical-grade and over-the-counter kits, to help you get a brighter smile that can stop traffic in Houston, TX.
THE BEST SMILE STARTS WITH PROPER BRUSHING
Just flossing, brushing, and using a dental rinse is a great place to begin. Also, it's smart to bring a mini-sized oral hygiene kit in your bag or backpack to have at work or school. Any time you visit the bathroom or stop for a break, give your teeth a simple once over. Beyond enhancing your general oral hygiene, you'll also be brightening your teeth.
DO-IT-YOURSELF TEETH BLEACHING CHOICES
If you use a drugstore option to lighten your smile, you may see minor improvements by simply using these treatments in addition to your typical hygiene regimen. At most retailers and pharmacies in Houston, TX, you can find a variety of types of tooth lightening options to try at home, including whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and bleaching gels. You should always pay careful attention to the directions included in the box.
- BLEACHING SYSTEMS THAT USE LED LIGHTS
To enhance the outcomes from many teeth bleaching solutions or strips, you can buy a particular type of light. LED dental appliances are inserted in the mouth once you have put on your brightening solution or strips. These special mouthpieces have a specific wear time, and it's very important that they be used only as stated in the directions.
- ORAL TRAYS WITH BRIGHTENING GEL
Universal-fit teeth whitening products that utilize dental trays are available in several types of stores, and a lot of them have the same appearance as the dental trays provided in dentists' offices. One of the primary differences between consumer and professional whitening systems is the personalized fit. The dental trays in a store-bought whitening system might hurt to wear or might create uneven results. In addition, the whitening gels in store-bought kits aren't formulated for your specific issues, so you may experience temperature sensitivity in your teeth or other issues.
- TEETH BLEACHING STRIPS OR PENS
A lot of retailers and pharmacies have a large selection of brands of whitening strips and pens. The whitening strips can be easily placed on your teeth and can be relatively hard to detect. A bleaching pen enables you to carefully apply a gel to your teeth after they have been brushed and are dry. When you have correctly applied the strip or solution to your teeth, make sure to not disturb them for the time instructed on the package.
IF OVER-THE-COUNTER METHODS WORK, DO I REALLY NEED TO HAVE AN IN-OFFICE PROCEDURE?
You need to be aware that store-bought teeth whitening products aren't going to produce the same quality of results compared to teeth whitening sessions from a dental practitioner. Nonprofessional kits are lesser strength, so depending on your discoloration and whether you have any restorations, etc., your results will likely be visibly uneven. Further, these products could lead to inflamed gums and sensitive teeth. Talk to your dental practitioner about over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, how they perform compared to treatments they have at their office, and if they might recommend any of them to improve your specific stains.
DENTIST-PERFORMED TEETH WHITENING CHOICES
Twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings not only ensure that your teeth are healthy, but they should also brighten the look of your smile. Scraping away the accumulated tartar and plaque from your enamel is an excellent way to spruce up your smile. If you want more noticeable results, speak to your dentist about the expert teeth whitening treatments they provide. Your dentist may offer custom whitening sessions, professional at-home kits, and ceramic veneers for a complete smile makeover.
- IN-OFFICE LASER TEETH BLEACHING
In an in-office laser whitening procedure, your dental practitioner will first brush a high-potency whitening solution onto your enamel and then go a step further with a laser light. The heat emitted by the laser boosts the whitening product to produce optimal outcomes. A laser whitening treatment is great when you want quick results to prepare for a big event or if you have dental restorations. Certain laser teeth whitening systems can also improve internal stains, which over-the-counter products can't do.
- MEDICAL-GRADE DIY WHITENING SYSTEMS
If you’d prefer to whiten in the privacy of home, a lot of dental practitioners provide professional do-it-yourself whitening systems. With personalized dental trays and a professional-strength whitening gel chosen for your types of discoloration, a DIY whitening system from your dentist offers a much more comfortable fit and uniform results. Professional kits are easily a much better option than store-bought products. Once you've applied the whitening gel to both trays, you put them in your mouth for a specified length of time, as instructed by your dentist. When you're ready, you can take the trays out, clean them, and put them away in a safe place. During your next visit, you can get more of the whitening gel. You should not try to use over-the-counter whitening gel with your custom systems, since they can harm your trays. You may use a home whitening kit as your only treatment or to extend your results from a professional treatment.
- CERAMIC VENEERS
For a full smile makeover to quickly make your teeth brighter and mask other cosmetic issues (for example, broken teeth, wide spacing, severe staining, and microdontia), ceramic veneers could be a good choice. Veneers are individually made to look natural and fit perfectly over the teeth. Your dentist will need to carefully shave off a tiny amount of your natural enamel in order to make room for the veneers. Once they're in place, you'll have a new, gorgeous smile.
GET READY TO ENJOY YOUR BRIGHTEST, MOST ATTRACTIVE SMILE
Having limited results or sensitive teeth from drugstore whitening products is very frustrating. At MINT dentistry in Katy, we provide home and in-office whitening treatments, as well as porcelain veneers. Each of these treatments will be specially designed to fit your cosmetic goals, so you see great results without compromising your teeth. Contact us to set up a visit at our practice in Houston, TX to find out about all of our in-office and at-home whitening options to get a brilliant, sexy smile.