The scoop on teeth whitening options from at-home remedies to professional treatment
If you’re looking for a celebrity worthy smile, teeth whitening is one of the quickest and cost effective ways to do it. Not only does teeth whitening transform your smile, studies show whiter teeth make you look younger – woot!
If you’re considering teeth whitening, you have options both at-home and at your dentist’s office. At Midlothian Dental Center, we know that teeth whitening is about more than the color of your teeth – it’s about restoring your confidence. Our team of experts can guide you through your options and recommend the level of whitening that’s right for you.
Here are four ways to get a celebrity worthy white smile –
1. PREVENTION – USE A STRAW
First and foremost, prevention is key. Whether you’ve invested in some form of teeth whitening already or you’re looking at your options, it’s important to establish daily habits that help keep your teeth sparkly white.
One celebrity secret to having a white smile is to use a straw when drinking dark beverages that are known to stain your teeth, such as coffee and tea. If you’re drinking something like red wine or you simply don’t have a straw for your iced tea, keep a water handy to swish your teeth after you finish drinking a dark beverage.
2. DAY-TO-DAY SUBTLE WHITENING
If you’re looking to brighten up an already-white smile, an electric toothbrush and an over the counter whitening toothpaste or mouthwash could be right for you. These are all great solutions for minor discoloration.
- Electric Toothbrush: An electric toothbrush can be more effective in cleaning your teeth and gums – meaning less plaque build up. Here at Midlothian Dental Center we often recommend the Oral B Braun to our patients.
- Whitening Toothpaste: Over the counter whitening toothpastes do work but we don’t always recommend them because they can be too abrasive for your teeth. If you do decide to use a whitening toothpaste, we’d recommend trying Crest 3D White.
- Mouthwash: You can also use a mouthwash such as Listerine Healthy White that has both hydrogen peroxide, for whitening, and fluoride, for strengthening.
Keep in mind that overuse of teeth whitening products can make your teeth more sensitive. Ask your dentist before you begin using any whitening products, especially if you already experience some tooth sensitivity.
3. AT-HOME WHITENING OPTIONS
At-home whitening is best for those looking for moderate whitening, prefer the convenience of home and want to keep the cost for teeth whitening limited.
There are many at-home whitening kits available at your local pharmacy. Many of them involve carefully painting each tooth or dealing with awkward-fitting molds. While these work well for many people, some people experience uneven whitening – or find they aren’t getting the result they’re looking for.
At-home whitening is easier with the help of Midlothian Dental Center’s team. Rather than use a store-bought kit, we recommend a professional-grade at-home whitening gel. Our team can custom-fit and mold trays for your teeth, using a whitening gel. This helps you get even, natural whitening – and celebrity-level results.
4. WHITENING AT THE DENTIST’S OFFICE
Whitening at the dentist’s office is the best option for professional celebrity worthy white teeth. If you’re looking for professional results quickly, this option is for you.
It takes just one hour at our office in Midlothian (located in Richmond, Va.) to significantly whiten your teeth. You will leave with noticeable results that day, and after a total of only three sessions, your teeth can be up to eight shades lighter. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
How does it work? We use safe, effective ZOOM! Whitening. In one visit, we apply bleaching gel, and use low-heat light to activate the gel and remove stains. ZOOM! is the most time-efficient way to whiten, and also gives you immediate results. (And even though you are getting celebrity-smile results, it is often less expensive than patients expect).
Ready to brighten your smile, celebrity-style? We’re ready to help. Contact us today for a free smile consultation!