A whiter smile projects confidence, youth, and vitality. But as we age, our teeth will stain and yellow over time. Color changes is due to the foods and drinks we consume along with just the natural aging process. Teeth whitening can be dangerous to your dental health when not completed under dental supervision. The chemicals utilized in teeth whitening can be quite harmful to your teeth and gum tissues.
Luckily, modern cosmetic dentistry has developed many methods for teeth whitening safely and effectively. This means that anyone who wants whiter teeth can have them today! Below are some of the most popular teeth whitening methods. The nice thing is they are in a financial range that should be reachable for almost anyone.
Teeth Whitening Methods
- In Office Teeth Whitening
In office teeth whitening treatments are fast and effective. They are on the pricey side but with advancements in technology the prices have come down quite a bit from 10 years ago. Dr Perrone uses a special light and gel system in office to achieve amazing teeth whitening results in as little as 1 hour. Say goodbye to stubborn stains on your teeth. The nice thing about in office whitening treatment is that you do not need multiple treatments and once completed you will notice a dramatic and immediate difference in your smile. Your smile will be several shades lighter than when you walked in the door!
2. Over The Counter Teeth Whitening Strips
Over the counter strips have become a very popular teeth whitening product for its inexpensiveness and simplicity. They have some definite draw backs in their use. They are a one size fits all product and not custom like in the dental office. Generic sizing may mean the strips do not fit quite so perfectly which can mean your teeth will not whiten evenly or even lead to gum tissue irritation.
If you are going to go the teeth whitening strip route speak to Dr Perrone first. She will guide you on which product works best and how to safely use them. Improper use of whitening strips can also lead to tooth sensitivity. An important note to remember whitening strips will not dramatically alter your smile like a dentist can. But for some people, small touch-ups are needed to make them feel more confident and smile more!
3. At-Home Teeth Whitening
For this method, your dentist will fabricate a custom mouth tray that you will use daily to whiten your teeth. You will apply a special whitening gel to the tray areas where you want to whiten your teeth. Dr. Perrone will discuss with you where and when to use the try and gel combination. For some patients, they will wear it during the day, and for others, it will be overnight. This type of whitening generally takes about two weeks to see results.
The nice thing about this type of whitening is that the tray protects the gum tissues. Since it is custom-made for you, there will be a seal between the teeth and gums, keeping the gel away from those tissues.
Some patients will experience very short-term tooth sensitivity after this treatment. At any sign of tooth sensitivity during treatment, it is crucial to contact Dr. Perrone to evaluate and advise how to proceed.
This is added to the list since it has become popular on the internet, especially with celebrities. There are no official studies to back up its whitening effectiveness. It is very inexpensive and relatively harmless to teeth and gums.
The activated charcoal works by absorbing stains from the teeth. This method entails placing activated charcoal on your teeth, let it sit for about 10 minutes, then rinse and brush your teeth as usual.
Some drawbacks to activated charcoal include added abrasiveness and interaction with prescription medications. Activated charcoal can be very abrasive and can damage the enamel of your teeth, so be aware of that. Also, if you ingest the activated charcoal, it can absorb certain medications that are in your stomach—utilizing charcoal to absorb poisons in the body and acts the same way here.
For some patients, teeth whitening just is not effective enough. Some patients have genetic issues with their teeth or have been affected by medication when they were children (tetracycline staining).
Porcelain veneers are custom-made to the shade, shape, and color you desire.
Applying the veneers is a relatively minor cosmetic procedure that often does not even require local anesthesia. A tiny layer of enamel is removed from the front of your teeth so the veneers can cover your teeth. Then the veneers are fitted to your teeth. The porcelain material of the veneers means that they are resistant to staining from food and drink.
Can Whiter Teeth Change Your Life?
While teeth whitening alone will not change your life, it can start along a path of feeling better about yourself. So what can teeth whitening do for you?
- Increased Self Confidence. Studies have shown the better we feel about ourselves in front of the mirror, the more confidence we will portray to others when we venture out into the world. When you look good, you will feel good about yourself.
- Healthier Appearance. When we have a whiter, youthful-looking smile, it conveys health to others. Studies have shown that a person’s smile is a big influencer in perceiving a first impression. It also shows others you take pride in your appearance.
- Stand Out In A Crowd. A whiter, brighter smile will draw other’s attention to you.
- Increased Social and Business Opportunity. When a person has a bright, white smile, they tell the world they are ready for success. Once you are feeling better about yourself, you will see a boost in work performance as well.
Teeth whitening is an easy way to restore your smile and increase self-confidence. It does not have to be an overly expensive procedure and can be completed relatively quickly depending on the method used.
Contact Marielaina Perrone DDS at (702) 458-2929 to schedule a no-cost cosmetic consultation appointment if you are ready for a smile makeover. We cannot wait to help you with your smile makeover to create the smile of your dreams in Summerlin, Henderson, and Las Vegas, NV.