It happens all the time. Someone takes an amazing photo of you sharing a laugh with some good friends, and then you notice it… your teeth are yellow.
You already know that having stained teeth can ruin your otherwise-perfect smile, and leave you feeling embarrassed or self-conscious. We all idolize those people that have pearly-white smiles and have an enviable level of confidence.
Whether you’ve just never had those perfectly white teeth or they simply yellowed over time, there are plenty of options for you to brighten up your smile. There are plenty of products available in stores for “do it yourself” methods of teeth whitening. For faster results, you can visit your dentist for professional treatment. Here are some of the options that you have if you are looking to whiten your teeth and re-gain confidence in your smile.
While most toothpastes can remove surface stains from your teeth while also cleaning them, whitening toothpastes also polish with additional stain removing benefits. Whitening toothpastes can typically lighten your tooth color by about one shade. If your teeth are not badly stained and you are simply looking for an easy way to brighten your smile a little bit, a switch to whitening toothpaste might be the option for you.
Whitening Strips & Gels
Another option is to purchase over-the-counter whitening strips or gels. Whitening strips are thin, invisible plastic strips that are placed over the teeth. These strips are coated with whitening gel, and starts to work in just a few days.
On the other hand, a whitening gel is simply applied to your teeth and rinsed off after a few minutes. Using whitening strips or gel can give you a brighter smile for several months.
Brightening up your teeth with tray-based tooth whitening is an effective solution. This option can be purchased over-the-counter or from your dentist. This method involves filling a tray with a gel whitening solution. Depending on the degree of discoloration in your teeth and how much you want to whiten your teeth, you can wear the tray for a few hours to a full night of sleep.
If you have severely discolored teeth, you will have to consider a stronger teeth-whitening procedure performed under a dentist’s supervision. Your dentist will recommend a procedure, such as the Zoom Whitening System that we use at New Generation Dentistry. Much like the process of tray whitening, a custom-made tray is fitted to your teeth and filled with a bleaching solution. Since the dentist oversees the entire procedure, the bleaching solution that is used would be stronger and more effective than that of an over-the-counter tray whitening procedure. During the procedure, a light or heat source may also be used to speed up the process.
In-office bleaching is arguably the most effective way to get a whiter smile in a short amount of time. In fact, with the Zoom Teeth Whitening system, your teeth could appear up to 8 shades whiter in just 45 minutes. With the supervision of a dental professional, this process is also the more safe, reliable, and hassle-free option when compared to at-home procedures.
Talk to your dentist about which option is best for you. Our team of dentists in Mission Viejo can recommend the best teeth whitening method for you. If you choose in-office bleaching, we are currently offering the Zoom Whitening System for just $249. Book an appointment today at our dental office in Mission Viejo.
At New Generation Dentistry, we are committed to helping you achieve confidence in your smile. Our team of dentists in Mission Viejo provides all your dental needs, whether you are looking for a general or pediatric dentist, or a cosmetic dentist.