A perfect smile involves all sorts of factors from the straightness of the smile to the color of it. The color of one’s smile is a factor that rarely goes unnoticed. When you look in the mirror and smile you probably take a quick glance at how white your teeth are. If you are unhappy with your smile because of discoloration, be aware that teeth stains and discoloration are problems that can be fixed in-office and even at home. Don’t let a discolored smile keep you from showing your true colors. With the right teeth whitening method you too can be satisfied with a brighter and whiter smile.
Below are some of the most commonly used methods to remove stains from the teeth, leaving patients with the whitest smile that they’ve ever had. Patients should be cautious before using any type of at home whitening method. It’s important to talk to Austin cosmetic dentist Dr. Dan Matthews before using a whitening product on your teeth to ensure that you suffer from no adverse side effects as some patients may have undiagnosed sensitive teeth and/or gums.
Whitening At Home
If you do not have a lot of money to put towards whitening your teeth, you may want to consider teeth whitening at home. There are all sorts of products available today that, when used properly, can provide you with a whiter smile. It’s important to note that many of the products available for at-home use are not as concentrated as those used in a dental office. This means that results may not be as great or as noticeable, especially for those with more severe discoloration and stains. Some find that at home methods are best for maintaining a whiter smile that was achieved in-office.
Toothpastes — Whitening toothpastes are widely advertised today. They are generally the most affordable way to whiten your smile. With regular use many of the common whitening toothpastes promise a smile that is a few shades whiter. When using whitening toothpastes, patients may see a slight difference in the shade of their smile though results are rarely dramatic. Many patients use toothpastes along with whitening mouthwashes to maintain a white smile. Whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes cost upwards of $8.
Whitening Strips — Another commonly advertised product for whitening the teeth are whitening strips. These strips are designed to be worn on the teeth for a set period of time, usually anywhere between 15-40 minutes. The strips are lined with a mild peroxide-based gel that activates when placed on the teeth. You may find that whitening strips are sold in a variety of strengths, including professional strength strips and even those designed for patients with sensitive teeth and gums. Even with professional grade strength whitening strips, patients won’t see extremely dramatic results. However, when used properly whitening strips can in fact whiten the teeth a few shades and can provide noticeable changes in those with minimal discoloration. Whitening strips become more pricey as the strength of the strip increases but patients can expect to pay $20-$60.
Whitening systems – Whitening systems offered today are pretty similar to those used for in-office whitening. The ingredients usually remain the same as some sort of peroxide-based gel is applied to the teeth for a set amount of time. Some of the whitening systems meant for at-home use provide users with a mouthpiece that is to be lined with the gel and worn; others simply have users apply the gel to the teeth directly. Whitening systems suitable to be used at home can cost upwards of $200, sometimes more.
If you suffer from severe discoloration, have built-on stains, or want to know 100% that you will see noticeable results, in-office teeth whitening is for you. Dr. Matthews can use professional strength products that are effective and efficient at cleaning, whitening, and brightening the teeth. Peroxide gels are commonly used for in-office whitening though many times the gels are further activated using a light source. In-office whitening is much more expensive when compared to other methods, ranging from $300-$700, but the results are guaranteed and noticeable in just one session.
No matter if your smile requires a small touch-up or if you’re looking to get rid of long-time discoloration, you can depend on Dr. Matthews to use the proper teeth whitening technique to make your smile look like new. With a whiter set of teeth you’re sure to show off your pearly whites more than you ever have before. You’ll be completely satisfied with your new smile and it’ll surely show! Contact our dental office to schedule a teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Matthews. Even those patients with the toughest stains can love their smile again.