It’s that time of year when all the stores are hosting back-to-school sales, and everyone is getting ready to start a new routine. Even if you are not in the back-to-school swing, you do want to start the new season feeling refreshed and renewed. You may have a bit of a tan from the summer sun; why not get brighter, whiter teeth to match? Professional whitening treatments can get your teeth drastically whiter than over-the-counter treatments can. Along with the cosmetic difference, your dentist can monitor any tooth sensitivity that may occur. Depending on your preference, budget, and schedule, you can choose between two professional whitening methods:
Professional whitening done in the dentist’s office can get your teeth several shades lighter in usually just one hour. Your dentist will apply a special, professional-grade whitening bleach to your teeth. The bleach will be activated with a special light to help speed the process along. This option is good for those times when you have a special event like a wedding or reunion that you would like to look your freshest in a hurry.
If you have a bit more time to spare, a take-home treatment can take about 30 minutes a day for up to two weeks. Your dentist will create a custom mouth tray to fit your mouth. You will be sent home with a kit that includes the custom tray and professional-grade whitening gel, as well as specific instructions on how to use the kit. A custom-fitted tray will be a better way to get the whitening gel into all of the unique curves of your smile.
Other Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Your dentist can assess if your stains are intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic stains come from within and are usually not able to be lightened with whitening, even a professional-grade version. If your teeth are severely and deeply stained, your dentist may recommend bonding or veneers to cover the stains.
Are you ready for a brighter smile?
Start the new season with a fresh, white smile. To schedule a consultation, call Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.