The Best Procedure for Whitening Your Stained, Yellowing Teeth
GET RID OF STAINS FOR GLEAMING TEETH
Consuming tea and certain other staining drinks throughout your day may help keep you awake, but it won't be brightening your smile. Years of stains from foods and drinks can cause discolored smiles. Even diligently brushing and flossing twice a day still may not be enough to provide the bright smile you want. Here are some popular tooth bleaching options at varying prices, both professional-grade and store-bought kits, to help you achieve a brighter smile that will be the envy of Humble, TX.
IT ALL STARTS WITH EFFECTIVE BRUSHING
Regularly brushing your teeth, flossing, and using a dental rinse is a smart place to begin. Also, it's smart to put a mini-sized oral hygiene kit in your tote or backpack to have at the office or school. Any time you visit the bathroom or stop for a coffee break, give your mouth a convenient freshening up. Beyond enhancing your overall oral health, you'll also be helping maintain the appearance of your teeth.
STORE-BOUGHT TEETH BLEACHING OPTIONS
When you choose an over-the-counter product to whiten your teeth, you will often see minor changes in color by just applying these products in addition to your regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash routine. At most department stores and pharmacies in Humble, TX, you can purchase numerous types of tooth lightening products to try at home, including whitening mouthwash, activated charcoal, and gels containing hydrogen peroxide. Always make sure to thoroughly read the instructions on the packaging.
- BLEACHING SYSTEMS THAT USE LED LIGHTS
To increase the power of many teeth bleaching gels or strips, you can purchase a particular type of light. LED mouthpieces should be inserted around the teeth after you have applied your bleaching solution or strips. LED trays have a set wear time and must be used only as instructed.
- TEETH WHITENING STRIPS OR PENS
Various retailers and drug stores stock numerous brands of whitening strips and pens. The strips are easily placed over your teeth and are pretty discreet. The bleaching pen allows you to precisely apply a hydrogen peroxide solution to your teeth when they are clean and dry. Once you have carefully applied the strip or solution to your teeth, it's important to let them set for the time instructed on the package.
- ORAL TRAYS WITH BRIGHTENING GEL
Generalized teeth bleaching products that utilize mouth trays are available in a variety of stores, and a lot of them have a similar appearance as the professional tray systems used by your dentist. One of the main differences between over-the-counter and professional whitening kits is the individualized fit. The dental trays in an over-the-counter whitening system may feel uncomfortable or could leave you with spotty results. In addition, the hydrogen peroxide gels in retail systems aren't customized for your specific issues, so you may end up with tooth sensitivity or other issues.
SINCE DIY PRODUCTS WORK, DO I REALLY NEED TO GET A PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT?
It's important to know that store-bought teeth whitening options won't give you the same type of results compared to teeth bleaching sessions given by your dental professional. Over-the-counter systems are very low in strength, so depending on your discoloration and if you have any inlays or onlays, etc., your final tooth coloring may be visibly uneven. Plus, the use of these products might lead to tooth and gum sensitivity. Talk to your dental professional about nonprofessional teeth whitening systems, how they compare to treatments they offer in their office, and whether they might suggest any of them to whiten your particular discoloration.
MEDICAL-GRADE TEETH WHITENING CHOICES
Frequent oral exams and professional cleanings not only ensure that your teeth are healthy, but they can also brighten the look of your smile. Removing the built-up debris and bacteria from your teeth is an easy way to whiten your smile. For more significant results, talk to your dental practitioner about the in-office teeth whitening treatments they offer. Many dentists offer laser whitening sessions, professional DIY whitening systems, and porcelain veneers] for a full smile makeover.
- DENTAL VENEERS
For a complete smile makeover to quickly make your teeth more brilliant and mask other visible issues (such as broken teeth, gaps, excessive staining, and worn-down teeth), porcelain veneers can be a great treatment. Veneers are customized to look natural and fit comfortably on top of the teeth. Your dental practitioner will need to gently shave away a tiny 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.
- IN-OFFICE LASER TEETH WHITENING
In a professional laser whitening session, your dentist will first apply a high-strength whitening gel onto your enamel and then go a step further with a laser light. The energy from the laser boosts the whitening gel to provide more dramatic outcomes. In-office laser whitening is ideal if you need quick results to get ready for a big event or for those who have crowns, bridges, inlays, etc. Some in-office teeth whitening systems can also reduce internal discoloration, which retail options can't do.
- MEDICAL-GRADE DIY WHITENING KITS
For patients who would prefer to whiten in the privacy of home, a lot of dental practices provide professional at-home whitening kits. With tailor-made dental trays and a high-quality whitening solution selected for your types of stains, a DIY whitening kit from your dentist will give you a much closer fit and consistent results. They are just a better option than store-bought products. After applying the whitening gel to the trays, you put them in your mouth for a certain amount of time, as directed by your dentist. When you're ready, you can remove the trays, rinse them off, and put them away in a safe place. At your next appointment, you can get a refill on your whitening gel. Do not try to use store-bought whitening products with your professional kits because they can harm the trays. You may use a home whitening kit as a stand-alone process or to maintain your results after an in-office treatment.
GET READY TO ENJOY YOUR WHITEST, MOST STUNNING SMILE
Having limited results or sensitive teeth from drugstore whitening products is very disappointing. At MINT dentistry in Humble, our dentists provide laser teeth whitening, home whitening kits, and dental veneers. Each of these treatments will be specially designed to achieve your aesthetic goals, so you get amazing results without damaging your teeth. Reach out to schedule a visit at our practice in Humble, TX to find out about all of our in-office and at-home whitening treatments so you can get a bright, attractive smile.