How Can I Get a Whiter Smile?

How Can I Get a Whiter Smile?

Posted by Dr. Thomas Flavin Aug 31,2021

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Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. It can improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, stained, or darkened by food, drinks, or age.

Professional cleanings

Your teeth should be brushed and flossed every day, but gel-filled whitening trays and professional cleanings can make a big difference in your smile’s appearance. Tooth discoloration can be the result of factors including tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, or certain medications. A professional cleaning can remove built-up plaque from your teeth and eliminate stains from all surfaces of your tooth enamel. Over several appointments, we can whiten your overall smile and even out the shade of your restorations for a uniform look.

Teeth whitening treatments

Professional teeth whitening treatments are the most effective way to whiten your smile safely and effectively, but at-home products can help maintain results and continue brightening your smile between appointments. Options include over-the-counter strips and gels, as well as professional take-home kits with customized trays.

- Over-the-counter products provide an easy-to-use option for getting a brighter smile. While they provide less dramatic results than professional bleaching, they can provide a healthy boost to your smile if applied under the supervision of a dentist.

- Custom-fitted take-home kits are provided by the dental office for patients who desire the most dramatic whitening results possible. These generally contain a higher concentration of bleaching agent than OTC products or store-bought options, which makes their effects stronger. Take-home kits also include custom-fit trays that ensure the bleaching agent is evenly distributed on your teeth and won’t come in contact with your sensitive gum tissues.

Porcelain veneers

Veneers are thin shells that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of your teeth. They are usually made from porcelain, which is a stain-resistant material. The veneer is bonded to the front of your tooth, creating a beautiful white smile.

Dental veneers are a great option for people who are unhappy with their smiles but do not want to undergo lengthy whitening treatments. Veneers are easy to care for and can last for years with good oral hygiene habits. Regular brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist will ensure that your veneers last as long as possible. It is important to practice good dental hygiene at home because even though your veneers are resistant to stains, they are not resistant to plaque buildup! Plaque can lead to gum disease, which will cause the gums to recede from the base of the tooth, leaving a gap underneath the veneer that will show when you smile or talk. This gap can be repaired with a procedure called crown lengthening; however, it is best to treat this problem before it causes aesthetic issues with your smile.

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