REMOVING DISCOLORATION FOR GLEAMING TEETH
Drinking tea or many other stain-producing drinks throughout the day can give you energy, but it’s not helping your teeth. The accumulation of stains from foods and beverages can cause dingy smiles. Even regularly brushing and flossing after each meal might not be enough to give you the bright smile you're aiming for. Following are some popular tooth whitening systems at varying prices, both medical-grade and over-the-counter products, to help you achieve a whiter smile that will be the envy of La Porte, TX.
THE BEST SMILE STARTS WITH EFFECTIVE BRUSHING
Routinely flossing, brushing, and using a dental rinse is a smart place to start. Also, it's smart to pack a mini-sized oral hygiene kit in your bag or backpack to have at work or school. Any time you go to the restroom or stop for a coffee break, give your mouth a quick freshening up. Beyond boosting your overall dental health, you'll also be caring for the look of your teeth.
DIY TEETH WHITENING PRODUCTS
When you use a drugstore product to brighten your teeth, you may see small changes in color by simply using these treatments in addition to your typical brushing, flossing, and mouthwash regimen. At local retailers and drugstores in La Porte, TX, you can purchase numerous kinds of tooth lightening options to use at home, including whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and bleaching gels. It is always important to thoroughly read the directions included in the box.
- WHITENING SYSTEMS THAT USE LED LIGHTS
To increase the power of certain teeth bleaching solutions or strips, you can buy a special type of light. LED dental appliances are placed around the teeth after you have put on your bleaching solution or strips. These special devices have a specific wear time and should be used precisely as stated in the directions.
- MOUTH TRAYS WITH WHITENING GEL
One-size-fits-most teeth bleaching products with dental trays are available in retail stores, and many have the same look as the mouth trays provided in dentists' offices. One of the primary differences between consumer and professional teeth whitening kits is the personalized fit. The mouth trays in a store-bought whitening system might not fit comfortably or could result in splotchy outcomes. In addition, the hydrogen peroxide solutions in store-bought kits aren't customized for your unique discoloration, so you could develop sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks or other problems.
- TEETH BLEACHING PENS AND STRIPS
A lot of retailers and pharmacies stock a large selection of types of whitening pens and strips. The bleaching strips can be easily applied to your teeth and are pretty hard to detect. A whitening pen enables you to strategically apply a bleaching solution to your teeth after they have been brushed and are dry. Once you have carefully applied the strip or solution to your teeth, make sure to leave them on for as long as directed on the box.
IF DIY PRODUCTS WORK, WHY SHOULD I GET AN EXPERT PROCEDURE?
You need to be aware that store-bought teeth bleaching treatments won't produce the same quality of results as teeth bleaching sessions from your dental practitioner. Over-the-counter options are very low in strength, so depending on your stains and if you have any inlays or onlays, etc., your results might be visibly uneven. In addition, using these products could lead to tooth and gum sensitivity. Ask your dental practitioner about store-bought teeth whitening kits, how they perform compared to treatments they have in their practice, and whether they would recommend any of them to improve your particular stains.
IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING OPTIONS
Regular dental exams and cleanings not only ensure that your teeth are healthy, but they should also help the appearance of your smile. Scraping away the built-up debris and bacteria from your teeth is an easy way to brighten your smile. To get more impressive results, speak to your dentist about the expert teeth whitening treatments they offer. He or she might offer prescription-strength whitening treatments, professional DIY whitening systems, and ceramic veneers for a complete smile makeover.
- DENTAL VENEERS
For a full smile makeover to effectively make your teeth more brilliant and camouflage other visible imperfections (like broken teeth, extra spacing, severe discoloration, and small teeth), ceramic veneers can be a great option. Veneers are individually made to look like real enamel and fit perfectly right onto the teeth. Your dental practitioner will need to gently remove a minimal amount of your tooth enamel before placing the veneers. As soon as they're fitted to the teeth, you'll have a brand-new smile.
- DENTIST-PERFORMED LASER TEETH WHITENING
For an in-office laser whitening session, your dentist will first apply a special whitening gel onto your teeth and then utilize a laser light. The energy from the light boosts the whitening solution to create optimal results. In-office laser whitening is a good choice if you want fast results to prepare for an important event or if you have dental restorations. Some in-office teeth whitening procedures can also reduce internal discoloration, which retail products can't do.
- MEDICAL-GRADE DIY WHITENING SYSTEMS
If you’d rather whiten in the privacy of home, some dental practices provide professional at-home whitening systems. With customized dental trays and a high-quality whitening solution selected for your needs, an at-home whitening system from your dentist offers a much better fit and consistent results. Professional kits are simply a better choice compared to over-the-counter products. After applying the whitening gel to the trays, you put them over your teeth for a certain amount of time, as directed by your dental practitioner. Once the treatment is done, you can take the trays out, wash them thoroughly, and store them for the next use. At your next appointment, you can get a refill on your whitening gel. You should not use over-the-counter whitening gel with your custom kits, since they can degrade your trays. You can use a home whitening kit alone or to extend your results from laser whitening.
GET YOUR WHITEST, MOST BEAUTIFUL SMILE
Having limited outcomes or tooth sensitivity from retail whitening treatments is quite frustrating. At MINT dentistry in La Porte, we provide laser teeth whitening, home whitening kits, and porcelain veneers. All of these treatments can be tailored to match your cosmetic goals, so you get great results without harming your oral health. Reach out to schedule an appointment at our office in La Porte, TX to find out about all of our professional and at-home whitening treatments so you can get a gleaming, sexy smile.