Your smile says a lot about your personality, which is why many of our patients ask for professional teeth whitening. If you are not satisfied with the results from over-the-counter whitening products (toothpaste, strips, and trays), we recommend seeing our dentist.
Our professional methods and products are able to whiten your teeth by several shades in just one appointment. Continue reading to learn how you can achieve a brighter smile, both in our office and at home.
1. Steer Clear of Stains
If you want to keep a white smile you will want to limit certain foods and drinks. Coffee is one of the biggest culprits causing tooth discoloration. While we understand that coffee provides that much-needed boost of energy as you are trying to get out the door in the morning, it can also stain teeth over time.
Even if you don’t stop drinking coffee completely, you might want to cut down on how much you drink each day. Other foods that can stain your teeth include wine, tea, tomato sauce, and berries.
2. Clean Your Teeth
Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that lives on your teeth. Over time plaque buildup increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Hardened plaque (tartar) can also give your teeth a yellow or brown-colored tinge. One of the best ways to
Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes in the morning and at night is most effective to thoroughly clean your teeth. In addition, a fluoride mouthwash is helpful to improve your oral hygiene.
3. Schedule Your Appointment
Brushing and flossing your teeth at home isn’t enough to fully protect your oral health. You’ll also need to make sure you schedule a teeth cleaning with our office to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Only a dental professional can remove tartar.
If you have a lot of stain and tartar buildup that we’re able to remove, your smile will look slightly whiter after your appointment.
4. Get Professional Teeth Whitening
Not seeing the results you want? Our dentist may recommend teeth whitening to help you . Professional teeth whitening treatments contain higher concentrations of potent ingredients than over-the-counter whitening options, meaning you’ll see results sooner.
Over-the-counter whitening products can also be abrasive to your teeth. Many patients report increased tooth sensitivity after using over-the-counter whitening strips, trays, and products that contain charcoal.
Our teeth whitening treatments are safe for the long-term health of your teeth. While you might notice some sensitivity during the treatment itself, this will go away after your teeth whitening is complete.