Do you feel self-conscious about your teeth perhaps not being as white as they once were? Whether as a result of stains from long-term enjoyment of coffee and tea, or simply due to the natural discoloration that happens as we age, our teeth can often become lackluster and yellowed. Your Plano, TX dentist, Dr. George A. Smith, can discuss with you all your options for teeth whitening so that you can restore your teeth to pearly white status.
Is Teeth Whitening Right for You?
As much as we would all enjoy it, we can’t walk into a dental office and expect to get teeth whitening procedures done immediately. Unfortunately, some patients may not be an immediate candidate for tooth whitening procedures and products. Tooth whitening will enhance the whiteness and brightness of your natural teeth, but there are some concerns that may require additional dental treatment first. Sensitive teeth can be the result of cavities or infections, so it’s important that Dr. Smith treats your teeth for any sensitivity related to dental caries or other infections. Gum infection, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious condition that can lead to other long-term dental and all-over health concerns if not addressed quickly. Dr. George A. Smith, DDS will be able to treat your gum disease prior to tooth whitening. Bridges, crowns and other dental work may make it a challenge to get the white bright smile you’re looking for. Dr. Smith will be able to discuss your options with you.
Types of Teeth Whitening Procedures and Products
It’s advisable to avoid using over the counter whitening kits until you’ve been given the go-ahead from your dentist. There are several products available on the market, and Dr. Smith can help you to select the products that will work best for your tooth whitening needs. Whitening treatments under the supervision of your dentist can often give you faster results than kits you’ve purchased over the counter. In-office treatments can lighten your teeth anywhere from 5 to 10 shades, in one appointment. Dr. Smith and his team of dental professionals can also recommend take-home products that will offer you superior whitening over what store-bought kits can offer. Your in-office teeth whitening procedure can offer results for up to a year. Other types of whitening procedures can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, based on the types of kits that are used. Be sure to practice good home oral health care, and avoid foods and drinks that are known for staining teeth. If you have questions about whether you are a candidate for teeth whitening procedures and products be sure to make an appointment with Dr. George A. Smith.