I WANT WHITER TEETH! HOW CAN I GET THERE?
Drinking coffee, tea, or sodas throughout your day may help keep you awake, but it’s not helping your teeth. Years of stains from dark-colored foods and drinks make your smile look dull. Even with twice daily brushing and flossing, it still may not be enough to give you the dazzling smile you want. Here are a few options both professional and over-the-counter to help you get a brighter smile that will light up Chicago, IL.
KEEP ON BRUSHING
Simply brushing your teeth, flossing, and using a dental rinse is a good place to start. Pack a travel-size toothbrush and toothpaste in your purse or briefcase to have at school or work. Whenever you use the restroom or take a coffee break, give your teeth a quick refresh. In addition to improving your oral health, you'll also be brightening your smile.
If you prefer over-the-counter products to brighten your smile, you might see small improvements by simply using special whitening products. At many retailers and pharmacies in Chicago, IL, you can purchase any brand of whitening products to try at home, like activated charcoal or a tooth whitening toothpaste. Brush your teeth with these products according to the package directions.
- TEETH WHITENING STRIPS OR PEN
Whenever you go to the store, you can find several different brands of whitening strips and pens. The whitening strips can be easily placed on your teeth and worn discreetly. The whitening pen is to be applied to your teeth when they are clean and dry. Once you have applied the strip or gel to your teeth, you should leave them on as long as directed.
- DENTAL TRAYS AND BLEACHING GEL
Bleaching kits with trays can be bought in many stores and may have the same look and feel as the mouth trays in a professional kit from your dentist. The major difference between professional and over-the-counter teeth whitening systems is customization. The dental trays in a store-bought whitening kit may not fit comfortably or create spotty results. The bleaching gel in a store-bought kit is also not designed to fit your specific needs, so you may end up with problems like tooth sensitivity.
- TEETH WHITENING LIGHT KIT
To increase the power of your chosen whitening gel or strips, you can buy a special light. Available as an LED light mouthpiece, these devices should be carefully exposed to your teeth once the whitening gel or strips have been applied.
Remember that store-bought products are not going to give you the same results as whitening treatments from your dentist. Over-the-counter products are very low in strength, so if you have any restorations (bridges, crowns, inlays, or onlays), your outcome will be visibly uneven. Plus, the use of these products often leads to tooth sensitivity and tender gums. Ask your dentist if they recommend any of the over-the-counter whitening products.
WHITENING TREATMENTS FROM YOUR DENTIST
At your dentist’s office, your oral health exam and cleaning can not only help to make your mouth healthier, but they can also enhance your smile. Scrapping away the tartar and plaque from your teeth is an excellent way to making your teeth look whiter. To get more dramatic results, speak to your dentist and find out what professional treatments they offer. Your dentist may offer laser teeth whitening, custom home whitening kits, and veneers.
- LASER WHITENING
An in-office treatment, your dentist will apply a medical-grade whitening gel to your teeth and then expose the treated teeth to the laser light. The heat from the laser is what speeds you to dramatic results. In-office whitening is great for fast results before a big event or if you have dental restorations. Certain laser teeth whitening systems can correct internal discoloration, which cannot be improved with store-bought whitening kits.
- PROFESSIONAL, CUSTOM WHITENING KITS FOR HOME
If you’d prefer to whiten in the comfort and privacy of your home, ask about a professional home whitening kit from your dentist. With custom-made dental trays for a comfortable fit along with professional-strength whitening gel selected for your needs, a whitening kit from your dentist to use at home is a much better choice than over-the-counter products. After applying the whitening gel to the upper and lower trays, you put it over your teeth for however long you were you were told by your dentist. Once the treatment is done, you can take the trays out, rinse them off, and store them for the next use. At your next visit, you can get a refill on your whitening gel. Do not try to use over-the-counter whitening products with your custom trays since they may cause damage. You can use a home whitening 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 cosmetic flaws (like chips, gaps, discoloration, short teeth), dental veneers may be a good choice. Veneers are made custom and designed to fit comfortably over your teeth and look natural. Dental veneers are a good option to hide stubborn discoloration or internal stains that cannot be corrected, even with in-office whitening treatments.
GET YOUR BRIGHTEST SMILE
If you’re tired of uneven results or tooth sensitivity caused by over-the-counter teeth whitening products, talk to your dentist about professional teeth whitening options. DentalWorks in Chicago, IL offers custom home whitening kits, in-office treatments, and dental veneers. All of these options will be customized to fit your needs and goals, so you get great results without damaging your teeth. At your next appointment, ask about our professional whitening treatments or call to schedule a consultation to start your journey to getting a bright, confident smile.