Unhappy with your dull smile? Teeth whitening may be the solution. Jeffrey L. Holland, DMD, of Holland Dentistry, your dentist in Paducah, shares some important information about the tooth whitening process.
Who can benefit from teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening can help lighten your teeth if they've become stained, yellow or discolored. Whitening can help if aging or the use of tobacco or caffeine exposes the darker dentin under your enamel, making teeth look duller. It's also a good option if you have stains on the enamel of your teeth due to eating or drinking any of the following:
- Soy sauce
- Tea and Coffee
- Tomato sauce
What about drugstore options?
You'll find plenty of teeth whitening kits and toothpastes at the drugstore. While these products can lighten your teeth, they aren't as strong as the products available to your dentist and results won't be quite as impressive. Results from drugstore products may last weeks or months, depending on the product, while your teeth may looker whiter and brighter for six months to two years after you visit your dentist for teeth whitening services. Also, some whitening toothpastes are so abrasive that they may actually damage your enamel.
How does my dentist whiten my teeth?
Your dentist may recommend one of two options: in-office whitening or home whitening trays. If you choose the in-office method, your dentist will first apply a substance that will protect your roots and gums during the whitening process and then put a special teeth whitening product on your teeth. After an hour, the gel will be removed and your teeth will be whiter.
If you prefer to use the at-home method, your dentist will make impressions of your upper and lower teeth. These impressions will be used to create molds for trays, which you will use at home. Before you place the trays in your mouth, you'll fill them with a teeth whitening gel provided by your dentist. Although it may take a few weeks until you see full results, at-home teeth whitening is a good option if you want to brighten your smile.
Want to find out how you can turn your smile from dull to dazzling? Call Paducah dentist Jeffrey L. Holland of Holland Dentistry at (270) 534-4887 and schedule an appointment today.