Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to finally do something about your smile’s staining? Over time many people begin to notice their teeth looking more dingy than pearly white. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Sure, there are over-the-counter whitening products available. Unfortunately not all of them are designed to provide dramatic results. Professional teeth whitening, on the other hand, can generally lighten teeth between five and ten shades, helping to give patients noticeably brighter smiles. So, if 2016 is the last time you want to look in the mirror and frown at the discoloration of your teeth, consider the ways your cosmetic dentist can help give you the smile of your dreams!
What Makes Professional Whitening Different?
Whitening treatment through the cosmetic dentist uses professional-strength products that are made to be both safe and efficient. Most are peroxide-based, often activated by a special light that speeds the whitening process significantly.
Most patients can lighten teeth by up to ten shades in a single treatment, through professional treatment.
If You Want to Try an Over-the-Counter Option
For patients that don’t need that drastic of whitening power, they may want to try their hand at an inexpensive over-the-counter product. Just keep in mind a few helpful tips from your dentist.
- If you experience heightened sensitivity or pain, stop use of the product and contact your dentist. The last thing you want to do is damage your smile, in an effort to make it more beautiful.
- If you’ve recently completed whitening treatment and were unhappy with the results, don’t immediately start another regimen. Most products are not designed for continued use.
- Always follow the directions given to you, either by the product or directly from your dentist, in the case of professional whitening. This is the best way to prevent damage to your enamel, as well as sensitivity or discomfort while whitening.
- Keep your smile looking its best by limiting staining foods and beverages, drinking plenty of water (and less sugary beverages) and maintaining a regular dental hygiene routine, including both brushing and flossing.