Stains and discoloration on your teeth are nothing short of annoying. Not only do they affect how your smile looks, but they can also make you feel self-conscious. Even if you want to smile wide or laugh out loud, you may find that you do everything you can to avoid showing your teeth. This can get tiring. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with stains. Advanced Dental Associates can help to brighten your smile and boost your confidence with whitening.
Types of Whitening
There are a few different types of whitening. This includes professional whitening as well as over the counter whitening. Professional whitening includes an in-office procedure sometimes called chairside whitening as well as professionally crafted whitening trays. The type of professional whitening you choose is entirely up to you.
There are also several different types of over the counter whiteners, including strips, generic trays, and toothpaste. These products are marketed as an easier, more affordable option to professional treatments.
Why Should I Get Professional Whitening?
So, if over the counter products are more affordable, why should you consider professional whitening? While professional whitening may cost more, the results are much greater. Over the counter, whiteners do not contain the concentration of whitening ingredients that professional products do. As such, the results they can produce are minimal, if noticeable at all. While they might be able to help in cases of minor surface staining, you should consider professional whitening if you are looking for more drastic results.
Does Whitening Work on All Kinds of Stains?
Whitening is incredibly effective for eliminating yellowish stains as well as some brown stains. However, if you have dark brown stains, or stains that originate from the inside of the tooth, such discoloration from fluorosis or dental trauma, whitening may not help you to get the results you are looking for. Instead, you may want to consider an alternative such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers.
How Do I Know if Whitening is Right for Me?
Most types of discoloration can be treated with professional whitening. However, whitening cannot provide blinding results. It is important that you maintain realistic expectations if you want to have your teeth whitened. If you are unsure of whether or not whitening is right for you, we can help with a consultation. If we do not think you are a good candidate for whitening, we will go over your other options.
Is Whitening Permanent?
Whitening may not be a permanent treatment, but there are things that you can do to help make sure that your results last as long as possible. One of the biggest things you can do is quit smoking and drinking alcohol. It would help if you also considered limiting coffee and tea, as well as other foods that can cause discoloration. Make sure that you take good care of your mouth by brushing and flossing regularly, as well as regular dental visits. If you want to ensure the longevity of your whitening, you should also think about having touch ups done regularly.
If you are tired of being embarrassed by your tooth discoloration, call Advanced Dental Associates at (210) 714-5589 today to find out if whitening is right for you.