Teeth Whitening: Is it really possible to have a brighter smile?

Tulsa cosmetic dentistYour teeth are on display when you eat, speak, smile, and laugh … it is important that they look their best allowing you to feel the same. The foods and beverages we consume coupled with lifestyle habits can result in stained, discolored dentition. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will reveal how teeth whitening can provide you with a smile makeover that will enhance your appearance by lightening and brightening your teeth.

In Office Whitening

You may wish to start your teeth whitening experience with a general cleaning to remove all plaque; this allows you to start with a clean slate as topical staining has been eliminated.

The teeth whitening specialist will begin by blocking all soft oral tissues … the teeth whitening gel used is powerful so protecting gums and cheeks is important. The gel is applied and a laser or curing light is used to expedite the whitening process.

Depending on the extent of need, you may require a second application … this can be completed during the same appointment. Upon completion, you will see a very noticeable improvement; however, whitening results often continue to improve over the following days.

At Home Whitening

For patients wishing to achieve teeth whitening at their own pace in the privacy of home, your cosmetic dentist can provide you with the tools you need to whiten your teeth at home.

At home whitening takes a little longer than in-office whitening; but if you follow the directions provided, you will see a noticeable difference depending on the time you invest in achieving your whitening goals.

Whitening Maintenance

Once you have brightened your teeth, you can extend the effect by becoming aware of the things you may be doing that result in stain. Coffee, tea, soda, and red wine; many berries, tomato based and dark sauces; and smoking/tobacco use … these are just a few of the things that can result in dental stain. Plan to rinse thoroughly or brush following consumption.

You can acquire touch-up supplies to help you maintain your bright, new smile. Of course, to keep your teeth and gums healthy you should brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily to remove what your toothbrush missed. Visit our team at Howl Dental every six months for a thorough cleaning and exam. And enjoy your beautiful, bright smile.