Did you know that there’s more than one option to get that bright white smile you’ve been dreaming of? Here are the five ways we at Shoreline Dental Care recommend that you try when it comes to whitening your teeth.
1. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening
You may get good results from experimenting with whitening strips or gels from your local drugstore. These are good if you aren’t ready to commit to professional or stronger type of bleaching.
2. Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Rinse
Whitening rinses are effective because they contain low doses of hydrogen peroxide. While these usually aren’t strong enough to dislodge deep stain, they are good for maintaining white teeth once you’ve achieved your desired shade.
3. Professional Teeth Bleaching
The very best way to whiten your teeth is by seeing a cosmetic dentist for professional-strength bleaching treatment. It’s the safest and fastest way to get the most dramatic results.
4. Dental Veneers
Do you have one or two front teeth that don’t respond to whitening products? Instead of trying to change them, hide them! Sometimes, teeth can be so deeply stained from the inside that there’s no way whitening solutions can alter them.
Veneers are the perfect way to mask upper front teeth that don’t change when you try to bleach them.
5. Dental Crowns
For those teeth with deep stains that won’t lighten no matter what you try, the best option may be to cover them completely with dental crowns.
Dental crowns can be made from porcelain or ceramic that mimics natural tooth color and texture. Capping stained teeth with tooth-colored crowns will also keep them strong in the event that they’ve been weakened by decay or trauma.
What About Natural Teeth Whitening Methods?
Shoreline Dental Care oral health experts are careful about recommending things like charcoal and baking soda for whitening teeth. Although they may be “natural” substances, they can be very abrasive to tooth enamel. Use these products with caution!
From bleaching treatments to veneers to professional teeth whitening advice, we’ve got it all right here at Shoreline Dental! Contact either our Milford or West Haven team to plan a smile consultation and discover the perfect way to whiten your teeth.