When you look at your smile in the mirror, are your pearly whites closer to lemon yellow? The food and drinks we consume can be hard on our teeth. They build up on your teeth, darkening the color of your enamel. Dark sodas, coffee, red wine, and tobacco in particular will cause stains and discoloration.
How Do I Get Whiter Teeth?
You could get an at home whitening kit from the store, but the results are typically not noticeable or lasting. A DIY solution you find on the internet might have a temporary effect, but it could be a waste of time and might even damage your teeth! Why not ask your Richmond dentists about tooth whitening?
Dentist-Approved Treatments in Richmond
We offer tooth whitening treatments here at our Smile Shapers office. Professional treatments have a higher concentration of the whitening agent because they are used and supervised by a dental professional. The higher concentration leads to faster, whiter results. And since the treatment will handled by your dentist, the gel can be applied without irritation to your gums, cheeks, and lips.
Clean Teeth, Whiter Teeth
Before you have your whitening treatment done, make sure you have your regular cleaning and exam. Any cavities or decay needs to be addressed before you have the treatment in order for it to be as successful as possible.
A whiter, brighter smile can open the doors to a more self-confident you. Call our Richmond office today to schedule your whitening appointment!
What are my teeth whitening options?
Make sure you talk with your dental professional to see what’s best for you, but here are your teeth whitening options:
Professional take home trays – Pros: Works for long term results, accurate to your teeth, decreased sensitivity, convenient. Cons: more expensive than over the counter
White Strips – Pros: Cheap, can whiten a few shades Cons: misses areas between and around teeth, gets on gums, not as effective as professional take home trays
In office bleaching – Pros: Quick results Cons: Not as effective long term, sensitivity issues, lights and lasers not that affective in “whiter teeth,” expensive
My teeth are sensitive when I bleach!
If your teeth are sensitive during bleaching there may be an underlying cause, so as always, talk with your dental professional. If you have traditionally had sensitive teeth, use a desensitizing toothpaste containing potassium nitrate (Sensodyne, Crest Sensi relief, etc.) for at least one month before whitening. Also tell your dentist if you are having sensitivity, as he or she may be able to lower the percentage concentration of the whitening product.