You can go to a store and buy whitening strips or toothpastes to brighten your teeth. However, you may find the results are minor, short lived, and your teeth could become sensitive. However, we can offer a professional option with more dramatic results. In today’s blog, your Allen, TX, dentist talks about our personalized teeth whitening options.
The Causes of Stained Teeth
Why do we develop unsightly stains on our smiles? This could happen due to a number of different factors. For example, a diet high in sugar and starch promotes plaque buildup, which makes discoloration more visible (and also increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease). Drinking beverages like coffee, red wine, tea, and soda could also stain the teeth too. Lack of brushing and flossing could allow plaque and tartar to worsen. Not seeing the dentist for professional cleaning is also a factor in serious buildup and discoloration. As part of your treatment, we will assess the cause and severity of your stains. For many, we can offer smiles up to eight shades brighter with an at-home system.
An At-Home Option
First, you will come to the office so we can take detailed impressions of your bite, and use them to create a set of plastic trays. We then send you home with these trays and syringe filled with a powerful bleaching solution. At home, the trays will be filled with the gel and worn for about 30 to 45 minutes each day. The trays ensure even results across the smile, and prevent the gel from being diluted by saliva. Optimal results could take one to two weeks. Afterward, you can keep the trays and any leftover gel for touchups on the coming months.
Keeping Teeth Bright
In addition to keeping trays and remaining gel to keep smiles bright, you can make a few simple changes in your daily life. Many of these actions also help limit the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush for two minutes twice a day, and also floss every evening. Try to cut back on foods high in sugar and starch, and drink more water instead of beverages with dark pigments. You should also see us every six months so we can remove all plaque and tartar with a cleaning.
If you have any questions about teeth whitening, or about any of our other cosmetic treatments, then please contact our team today to learn more.
Talk to Your Allen, TX Dentist About Cosmetic Dentistry
With cosmetic dentistry we can help remove your dental discoloration. If you want to know how we brighten smiles, or if you are ready to book an appointment, contact your Allen, TX, dentist, Dr. Torrens-Parker, by calling 469-342-6644.