Achieving a whiter and brighter smile is a popular request among many of our patients. It can help with your self-esteem and self-confidence while showing others that you’re healthy and have good personal hygiene. Most of us know that brushing and flossing daily helps your overall health, but it also sets the foundation you need to achieve a beautiful smile. Being knowledgeable about the different ways to whiten your teeth can help you make an informed decision on which method is right for you. Here are a few ways to achieve a whiter smile.
The in-office whitening procedure is a simple and relatively quick way of attaining that whiter grin. If well maintained at home with good oral hygiene, its whitening effect can last for years. The process involves coating your teeth with a specially formulated gel that is activated by the Zoom!® light. The process can brighten the shade of your teeth in a little over an hour. After a quick fluoride treatment, your brighter smile will be a prominent feature that you will want to show off.
Using a whitening toothpaste is the simplest at-home solution to brighten your pearly whites. This kind of toothpaste often contains special ingredients to polish your teeth and subtle chemicals to remove stains that occur from items such as coffee or smoking. There are a variety of different brands available to choose from, so talk to your dentist about which one will work best for you.
Whitening trays are another great option for those wishing for a whiter smile. These trays are usually made of flexible materials to allow them to fit comfortably in your mouth. Some trays come pre-filled with the whitening solution, and other molds need to be coated with the whitening agent prior to use. There are many types of whitening trays available. Some trays require that you wear them for only a few minutes, while others recommend overnight use.
For those who find trays too bulky, whitening strips can be a great solution as they are applied directly to your teeth. Whitening strips are thin, tape-like adhesive strips that come pre-lined with peroxide or bleach that works to restore your teeth’s natural, whiter color. Many whitening strips are more effective with repeated use, but you should always read the directions for a clear understanding of how to maximize its whitening benefits.
For more information on which teeth whitening method is best for you, schedule your next dental appointment at Tendercare Dental! We are always accepting new patients at each of our eight locations around Portland.