GETTING WHITER TEETH
Drinking coffee, sodas, or tea during the day can help keep you awake; however, it isn't helping your smile. A lifetime of stains from foods and drinks can make your teeth look dull. Even with twice daily brushing and flossing, it may not give you the bright smile you'd like. These are some of the more popular treatments both professional and over-the-counter if you want a brighter smile that will light up McKinney, TX.
KEEP ON BRUSHING
Just flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash is a good place to begin. Pack a small toothpaste and toothbrush in your briefcase or purse to use at school or work. Whenever you go to the bathroom or stop for a break, you can brush your teeth. In addition to improving your oral health, you'll also be making your smile brighter.
OPTIONS FROM THE STORE
When you prefer over-the-counter products to brighten your smile, you may see small improvements by using special whitening products. At local stores in McKinney, TX, you can buy whitening products to use at home, like whitening toothpaste or activated charcoal. When using these products, you should brush your teeth according to the package directions.
- WHITENING STRIPS AND PENS
Whenever you go to the store, you can choose from several 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. Once you have applied the strip or gel to your teeth, you should leave them on as long as directed.
- BLEACHING GEL WITH TRAYS
Dental trays with bleaching gel can be bought in many stores and some even have a similar feel and look as the mouth trays in a professional kit from your dentist. The major difference between professional and over-the-counter whitening kits is personalization. The dental trays in a store-bought whitening kit may not fit comfortably or create spotty results. The whitening gel in over-the-counter kits is also not customized for your needs and goals, so you could develop problems like tooth sensitivity.
- KITS WITH A LIGHT
For faster results with certain strips and gels, you can buy a light. LED mouthpieces should be carefully exposed to your teeth once the whitening gel or strips have been applied.
It's important to remember that over-the-counter whitening treatments aren't going to produce the same level of results compared to whitening treatments from your dentist. Over-the-counter treatments are very low in strength, so when they're used on restorations (crowns, bridges, onlays, or inlays), your outcome will be uneven. Not to mention using these products often leads to tooth sensitivity and tender gums. Talk to your dentist about your whitening goals and find out if they would suggest any of the over-the-counter whitening products.
WHITENING TREATMENTS FROM YOUR DENTIST
Your oral health exam and professional cleaning can not only help to make your mouth healthier, but these visits also enhance your smile. Scrapping away the plaque and tartar build-up from your enamel is an easy way to brighten your smile. To get more impressive results, speak to your dentist and find out what professional treatments they offer. Many dentists offer in-office whitening, home kits, as well as cosmetic veneers for a full smile makeover.
- IN-OFFICE WHITENING
An in-office treatment, your dentist 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 speeds you to dramatic results. In-office whitening is ideal for fast results before a big event or to give even results to patients with crowns or bridges. Some in-office whitening treatments can correct internal stains.
- CUSTOM HOME WHITENING
To whiten in the privacy and comfort of your bathroom, ask about a professional home whitening kit from your dentist. With dental trays made custom for even results to be used with professional-strength gel chosen for your needs, a whitening kit from your dentist to use at home is a better option compared to over-the-counter kits. Once you've applied the whitening gel to the upper and lower trays, you place it in your mouth for as directed by your dentist. Once the treatment is done, you remove the trays, rinse them off, and store them in a safe place. During your next visit, you can ask for more of the gel. You should not try to use store-bought whitening gel with your professional trays because they can cause damage. You may use a home kit to maintain your results after an in-office treatment or alone.
- COSMETIC VENEERS
For a complete smile makeover that makes your teeth brighter fast and fixes other visible concerns (like gaps, chips, short teeth, and discoloration), dental veneers can be a great choice. Veneers are made custom and designed to fit comfortably over your teeth and look natural. Dental veneers are a good choice to hide stubborn discoloration or internal stains that will not be corrected, even with in-office treatments.
YOUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST SMILE
When you are disappointed by uneven results or sensitivity from store-bought whitening treatments, talk to your dentist about professional whitening treatments. DentalWorks in McKinney, TX offers custom home whitening kits, in-office treatments, and dental veneers. Whatever treatment you choose, it will be personalized to fit your goals, so you see amazing results without damaging your teeth. At your next appointment, ask about our professional whitening treatments or contact us to schedule an initial consultation to start your journey to getting a smile that's bright and confident.