Everybody loves a bright, white smile, and there are a variety of ways to achieve it.
Some people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and regular teeth cleaning to whiten at the dentist’s office. However, like many people today, if you decide you would like to go beyond regular care to make your smile look brighter and whiten teeth, there are many options from which to choose.
First, we’ll be happy to share with you whether teeth whitening would be effective way for you to whiten teeth. Teeth whitening does not work for everyone. For example, yellowish teeth will probably whiten well, brownish teeth may whiten less well, and grayish teeth may not whiten well at all. Likewise, tooth bleaching may not enhance your smile if you have had tooth-colored fillings or dental crowns. The tooth bleaching process will not affect the color of these materials and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you do have other options, such as porcelain veneers.
Professional Tooth Bleaching
Professional teeth whitening by your dentist is your best choice when you want quality, long-term results. There are a couple of professional ways to whiten teeth. We offer two professional tooth bleaching systems. We offer the Ultradent’s Opalescence Boost® professional in-office teeth whitening system and several professional take home teeth whitening systems.
Chair-side Teeth Whitening
Come into our office for about an hour and leave with a white smile. During chairside Opalescence Boost teeth whitening, a tooth bleaching agent is applied to your teeth and a special light is used to enhance the action of the agent. Chairside tooth bleaching to whiten teeth is great for those who want immediate results. We also recommend following up with custom take-home teeth whitening trays for all of our chairside teeth whitening patients so they can touch up their white smile any time and keep it at its brightest and best all the time.
Take-home Teeth Whitening System
Our team will take impressions of your teeth and make two custom teeth whitening “trays” that fit your teeth exactly that you can wear at night to whiten teeth while you sleep or during the day if you wish. The trays hold a tooth bleaching solution that will gently lighten the shade of your teeth over a period of seven to fourteen days. Every few months you can “touch up” your whitening by wearing your custom teeth whitening trays for a day or two to whiten teeth regularly and long-term.
Occasionally teeth whitening can have minor side-effects. For example, teeth can become sensitive during the period when the tooth bleaching solution is being used. Many patients benefit from a fluoride solution the dentist can provide that may lessen or eliminate the sensitivity. Some people also experience gum irritation, either from a tray that doesn’t fit properly or from solution that may come in contact with the gums. Make sure to let them know if you have any problems or discomfort. In most cases, it can be taken care of immediately.
All toothpastes help remove surface stain from your teeth through the action of mild abrasives. Teeth whitening toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness and whiten teeth. Unlike professional tooth bleaching, these products do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth.
The best way to whiten teeth is with professional assistance from The Carrollton Dentist. Call us today to set a teeth whitening consultation!