If you watch television often, you have probably noticed all the bright, white smiles and wondered how to get that result for yourself. While you can go to your nearest grocery store or pharmacy and choose a toothpaste, rinse or whitening kit, these products often do not deliver the dramatic results you want. If you want a movie-star smile, it is best to visit your dentist for professional whitening.
Whitening in the Office
Most people have in-office teeth whitening done because it provides the quickest results. One method is the Opalescence Boost system. This method uses a syringe to deliver the whitening agent to your teeth over two 20-minute time intervals. After this step, you will be given a special gel and custom-made application tray. This will help you to achieve your whitening goals and maintain them going forward.
Whitening at Home
If you have sensitive teeth or prefer to have more control over the whitening process, you can get a take home whitening kit from your dentist. Applied daily, this will allow you to gradually whiten your teeth over a two-week period and achieve similar results to in-office whitening.
The Right Choice
The right choice for whitening is largely dependent on what is causing your teeth to become discolored and stained. During your appointment, the dentist will examine your teeth and decide on the best method for making them whiter. You will likely be able to receive in-office whitening, but a take-home plan is always an option if that will be more effective for you. If the dentist determines that the discoloration and staining will not improve with whitening, you can consider other solutions, such as direct bonding or porcelain veneers.
It is important to know that once you have reached your whitening goals, you will need to watch what you eat and drink as part of the maintenance phase. Coffee, tea, red wine and certain foods stain the teeth over time and will make it more challenging to keep your teeth white. Be careful with your diet and make sure you keep using the gel.
Robison Dental Group is always available to help you with your whitening needs. Call for an appointment today.