REMOVING DISCOLORATION FOR SPARKLING TEETH
Drinking coffee or certain other dark-colored beverages during your day may put a pep in your step, but it won't be helping your teeth. The accumulation of stains from dark-colored foods and beverages can result in yellowed or brown teeth. Even routinely brushing and flossing morning and night still might not be enough to provide the stunning smile you'd like. Here are some popular tooth whitening treatments at varying prices, both medical-grade and over-the-counter kits, to help you achieve a whiter smile that will create a buzz in Pearland, TX.
IT ALL BEGINS WITH PROPER BRUSHING
Consistently brushing your teeth, flossing, and using mouthwash is a great place to start. In addition, you can bring a mini-sized dental hygiene kit in your bag or backpack to have at work or school. Any time you visit the bathroom or take a coffee break, give your teeth a convenient freshening up. Beyond enhancing your overall oral hygiene, you'll also be whitening your teeth.
OVER-THE-COUNTER TEETH WHITENING OPTIONS
If you try a drugstore product to brighten your smile, you will often see minor changes in color by just applying these treatments in addition to your regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash regimen. At local retailers and pharmacies in Pearland, TX, you can find many types of tooth lightening options to use at home, such as whitening mouthwash, activated charcoal, and gels containing hydrogen peroxide. Always make sure to pay careful attention to the directions provided.
- DENTAL TRAYS WITH HYDROGEN PEROXIDE GEL
Universal-fit teeth bleaching products that utilize dental trays are available in a variety of stores, and a lot of them have the same appearance as the tray systems provided by your dentist. One of the main differences between drugstore and professional whitening kits is the customized fit. The dental trays in an over-the-counter whitening system may not fit comfortably or could give you uneven results. Also, the whitening gels in retail kits aren't formulated for your exact needs, so you may experience tooth sensitivity or other issues.
- TEETH WHITENING PENS AND STRIPS
Many retailers and drug stores stock a large selection of different brands of whitening pens and strips. The whitening strips can be easily placed over your teeth and can be pretty hard to detect. The whitening pen allows you to accurately apply a hydrogen peroxide solution to your teeth when they have been brushed and are dry. Once you have correctly applied the strip or gel to your teeth, it's important to let them set for the time indicated on the package.
- WHITENING SYSTEMS WITH LED LIGHTS
To enhance the results from many tooth bleaching gels or strips, you can also apply a special type of light. LED dental appliances are inserted in the mouth after you have put on your whitening gel or strips. These special mouthpieces have a set application time, and it's very important that they be used only as instructed.
IF DRUGSTORE METHODS WORK, WHY SHOULD I GET A PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT?
You need to know that nonprofessional teeth bleaching treatments can't offer the same level of results compared to teeth bleaching sessions from your dental practitioner. Over-the-counter options are very low in strength, so based on your degree of darkening and whether you have any restorations, etc., your final tooth coloring might be visibly uneven. In addition, using these products could cause inflamed gums and sensitive teeth. Talk to your dental practitioner about store-bought teeth whitening products, how they perform compared to treatments they have at their practice, and if they might recommend any of them to eliminate your particular discoloration.
DENTIST-PERFORMED TEETH WHITENING CHOICES
Twice-yearly dental exams and professional cleanings not only make sure that your teeth are healthy, but they will also improve the look of your smile. Removing the accumulated debris and bacteria from your enamel is an easy way to spruce up your smile. If you want more noticeable results, speak to your dental professional about the expert teeth whitening systems they provide. They may offer laser teeth whitening sessions, professional at-home kits, and porcelain veneers for a complete smile upgrade.
- PORCELAIN VENEERS
For a complete smile makeover to quickly make your teeth whiter and mask other visible concerns (like cracks, gaps, severe discoloration, and small teeth), cosmetic veneers may be a good treatment. Veneers are individually made to look natural and fit seamlessly right onto the teeth. Your dentist will need to gently shave away a minimal amount of your enamel in order to make room for the veneers. When they're in place, you'll have a new, gorgeous smile.
- IN-OFFICE LASER TEETH BLEACHING
In a professional laser whitening treatment, your dentist will first apply a high-potency whitening solution onto your enamel and then utilize a laser light. The heat from the laser boosts the whitening gel to create maximum results. A laser whitening treatment is a good choice when you want fast results to get ready for an important event or for those who have crowns, bridges, inlays, etc. Some in-office teeth whitening procedures can also improve internal stains, which over-the-counter products can't do.
- PROFESSIONAL DIY WHITENING KITS
For patients who would prefer to whiten in the privacy of home, many dentists provide professional do-it-yourself whitening systems. With personalized mouth trays and a high-quality whitening gel selected for your needs, an at-home whitening kit from your dentist can provide a much more comfortable fit and consistent results. Systems from your dentist are just a much better option compared to generic products. Once you've applied the whitening product to both trays, you put them in your mouth for a specified length of time, as instructed by your dentist. Once the treatment is done, you can remove the trays, rinse them off, and put them away for the next use. During your next cleaning, you can ask for more of your whitening gel. Do not use store-bought whitening products with your professional systems because they can harm the trays. You can use an at-home whitening kit alone or to maintain your results after laser whitening.
GET YOUR BRIGHTEST, SEXIEST SMILE
Experiencing limited outcomes or heat and cold sensitivity from drugstore whitening treatments is quite frustrating. At MINT dentistry in Pearland - Coming Soon!, we offer home and in-office whitening treatments, as well as porcelain veneers. All of these treatments can be tailored to fit your cosmetic goals, so you see beautiful results without harming your teeth. Call us to schedule an appointment at our office in Pearland, TX to learn about all of our professional and at-home whitening options so you can have a brilliant, attractive smile.