One of the easiest and least invasive ways to make a dramatic impact on your appearance is to whiten your teeth. There are professional options that can get your teeth usually up to 10 shades lighter, and there are plenty of over-the-counter options that can get you a bit of a brighter smile. There are nearly entire aisles at your drugstore or grocery store devoted to whitening your teeth. What are some options that your dentist can offer? What is the difference between those professional options? When is whitening not enough?
If you are a time crunch because you have a big event at work or a wedding to attend or any event where tons of photos will be taken, an in-office whitening treatment can be the quickest route to a brighter smile. Your dentist will apply a professional grade whitening gel directly to your teeth. Your dentist can make sure that any sensitivity is monitored and minimized. A special light can activate the gel in a short amount of time. You can make a drastic change in your smile in a single visit.
Depending on your budget and timeline, a take-home treatment may be a better option for you. Your dentist will create a custom mouth tray designed specifically for your smile. This custom tray means that the gel can better penetrate every special curve unique to you on your teeth. Along with the tray, your dentist will provide professional gel and specific instructions. The treatment typically takes about two weeks of daily or twice-daily applications.
Some stains on your teeth are not on the outer layer of enamel. Intrinsic stains are discoloration on the inner body of the tooth. It can be caused by trauma to the tooth, bleeding within the tooth, certain medications, or some health issues. These types of stains can be covered up with veneers or cosmetic bonding.
Whiter teeth may make you feel more confident about your smile. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.