Pauly Dental in Wichita, Kansas
Dental discoloration affects millions of Americans in various degrees. Brushing and flossing alone can’t prevent environmental factors and food that can cause teeth yellowing. Today, there are a variety of teeth whitening options that can help you achieve a radiant smile.
Pauly Dental can reccommend both at-home and in-office teeth whitening treatments. Results vary depending on the procedure you choose as well as your current dental health. However, in-office treatments have proven to provide more dependable results. Teeth whitening procedures are non-invasive and produce little to no side effects. Here are some of the options your cosmetic dentists can make available to you:
This is the most cost-effective form of teeth whitening but may take many uses to see results. Whitening toothpaste can lighten your teeth by one shade with their mildly abrasive effect. Whitening gels are similar to whitening strips and come in several different strengths. Whitening mouthwash only contains a small amount of peroxide. Many dentists believe this is ineffective as a mouth rinse just stays on your teeth for a matter of seconds.
At Home Treatments
You can purchase at home whitening trays from a drugstore or through your dentist’s office. The drugstore trays tend to be uncomfortable as they are meant as a one-size-fits-all tray. Your cosmetic dentist can create a tray that is customized to fit your mouth entirely, making it more useful and comfortable to wear. They can also provide you with a higher level of peroxide. Whitening strips are transparent plastic strips coated with peroxide. Generally, you attach the strips to your upper and lower teeth and wear for up to 30 minutes. After a few weeks, you may notice your teeth have become two to four shades lighter.
This procedure will most likely produce the most dramatic results. Your dentist will have you sit in the chair with a tray of high-level peroxide in your mouth for 30-60 minutes. The gel will begin to break away the bonds between the stained molecules resulting in a pearly white smile. Several dentists use a laser to help activate the gel to intensify your results.
During your initial consultation, your dentist will educate you on all of your options to help you make an informed decision. They will examine your teeth and gums to determine which treatment will work best. Your dentist will take pictures before, during and after your procedure so you can see the difference in the color of your teeth.
Are You a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Chips, cracks, misaligned teeth and discoloration are examples of some of the problems that can be corrected with veneers. You will need to have good oral health in order to get veneers. You will also need to discuss your goals with your dentist. Additionally, you will need to have healthy enamel in order to get veneers.
Benefits of Veneers
Veneers do not require a lot of maintenance. The only thing that you will have to do is practice basic oral hygiene. Veneers are also natural-looking. No one will be able to tell that you are wearing them.
Dental veneers are durable. You can expect them to last over 10 years. As long as you take care of them just like your natural teeth, they can last for a long time.
Getting veneers is a minimally-invasive procedure. The only thing that a dentist will have to do is remove a tiny portion of the enamel. Furthermore, you can improve your confidence by getting veneers. A beautiful, healthy smile will help you feel better about yourself.