I WANT WHITER TEETH! HOW CAN I GET THERE?
Enjoying coffee, tea, or sodas during the day can give you energy; however, it isn't helping your smile. A lifetime of stains from foods and drinks can make your teeth look yellow or dull. Even if you brush and floss twice a day, it may not give you the dazzling smile you'd like. These are some of the more popular treatments both store-bought and professional if you want a whiter smile that can light up Cranberry Township, PA.
START WITH BRUSHING
Just flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash is a smart place to begin. Put a small toothpaste and toothbrush in your briefcase or purse to use at work or school. Any time you go to the bathroom or stop for a break, you can brush your teeth. You'll be improving your oral hygiene in addition to brightening your smile.
OPTIONS FROM THE STORE
When you would like to try store-bought products to make your smile whiter, you may see minor improvements by brushing with over-the-counter whitening products. At local stores in Cranberry Township, PA, you can buy whitening products to use at home, such as whitening toothpaste or activated charcoal. When using these products, you should brush your teeth per the directions provided.
- WHITENING STRIPS AND PENS
When you're at the store, you can choose from many whitening pens and strips. The strips are placed over your teeth. The pen allows you to apply a gel to your teeth after they are dry and clean. After careful application, you should leave them for about 30 minutes or as directed by the instructions on the product.
- BLEACHING GEL WITH TRAYS
Bleaching kits with trays can be found in stores and some even have a similar feel and look as the dental trays that a dentist makes. The difference between store-bought and professional whitening kits is personalization. The mouth trays in whitening kit you buy at the store may hurt to wear or give you splotchy results. The whitening gel in over-the-counter kits is also not customized for your needs and goals, so you could develop tooth sensitivity and other issues.
- KITS WITH A LIGHT
To increase the power of your chosen whitening gel or strips, you can use a light. LED mouthpieces should be worn as instructed after you have applied the whitening strips or gel.
WHAT'S THE CATCH?
Remember that over-the-counter whitening treatments aren't going to produce the same level of results compared to teeth whitening treatments performed by a dental professional. Store-bought treatments have limited strength, so when they're used on restorations (crowns, bridges, onlays, or inlays), your smile will be uneven. Not to mention using these products frequently can make your gums feel tender and cause tooth sensitivity. Talk to your dentist about your whitening goals and find out if they would suggest store-bought whitening treatments for you.
IN-OFFICE WHITENING OPTIONS
Your exam and professional cleaning can not only help the health of your teeth, but these visits also improve your smile. Eliminating the tartar and plaque from your enamel is an easy way to making your teeth look whiter. If you want more impressive results, talk to your dentist about cosmetic teeth whitening treatments. Many dentists offer in-office whitening, home kits, as well as cosmetic veneers for a full smile makeover.
- IN-OFFICE WHITENING
Performed in the dentist's office, first they will brush on a professional gel on your enamel and then shine a laser light on your teeth. The energy from the light is what activates the whitening product. A laser whitening treatment is ideal for an important event or to give even results to patients with crowns or bridges. Some in-office whitening treatments can improve internal stains.
- CUSTOM HOME WHITENING
To whiten in the privacy and comfort of your bathroom, ask your dentist if they offer professional home whitening kits during your next appointment. With dental trays made custom for even results to be used with professional-strength gel chosen for your goals, a home whitening kit customized by your dentist is a better option compared to generic kits. Once you've applied the whitening product to both trays, you place it in your mouth for as directed by your dentist. When you're ready, you remove the trays, wash them thoroughly, and store them in a safe place. During your next cleaning, you can ask for more of the gel. You should not combine store-bought whitening gel with your professional trays because they can damage your trays. You may use a home kit by itself or to boost your in-office treatment results.
To make your teeth brighter and address other visible concerns (for example, gaps, chips, short teeth, and discoloration), veneers can be a great treatment. Cosmetic veneers are custom made to for a comfortable fit that looks natural. Cosmetic veneers are an ideal choice to mask stubborn stains and discoloration that will not be fixed, even with laser treatments.
GET YOUR BRIGHTEST SMILE
When you are disappointed by minimal results or sensitivity from store-bought whitening treatments, schedule a consultation with your dentist to learn about professional whitening treatments. DentalWorks in Cranberry Township, PA offers home and in-office whitening treatments, as well as veneers. Whatever treatment you choose, it will be personalized to achieve your goals, so you see great results. You can ask about our professional whitening options at your next visit or contact us to schedule an initial consultation to get closer to a bright, confident smile.