There are many new and exciting ways to brighten your smile with cosmetic teeth whitening, with some options that you can do at home, or procedures that a dentist would have to perform in their office.
The easiest of the whitening options are the over the counter store bought kits that include a bleaching gel with a concentration lower than that of the professionally dispensed take-home whiteners. The gel is applied to the teeth by way of one-size-fits-all plastic trays, strips or paint-on applicators. Read all of the directions completely before using for the best results possible.
Depending on the kit you choose, it may enable the whitening of only the front teeth, or might contain entire trays that are molded to help whiten all the way around. Sometimes one use will not be enough to get the desired results and depending on the type used, a second application at a later date after initial treatment may be needed.
Another option is to utilize the type of trays that the dentist office provides. These trays are usually custom fitted to your mouth and contain a more concentrated bleaching agent that the dentist can determine what is appropriate for your situation. The results of using these types of trays may last longer than store bought varieties.
A popular option for lightening and brightening your smile is to visit a dental professional who specializes in such services. There are many benefits to opting for going to the dentist as opposed to doing it at home, one being that there is a dentist there to help with any issues that may come up. This could include gum sensitivity to the bleaching material or to ensure complete tooth area coverage.
Laser whitening is a newer, combined version using the bleaching gel and then applying a laser light in sequences to brighten the teeth. This is a good option for someone who has sensitive teeth and gums, as it is not as abrasive as some of the other bleaches can be. It is also very quick process and can be done in one visit to the dentist in about an hour.
Another increasingly popular option is to cover the stained teeth up completely with porcelain veneers. These are very thin, hard shells that are bonded directly to the surface of the tooth, allowing the user to essentially have the appearance of a new smile without the hassle and pain of dentures. Many people find these to be a very workable solution to a busy lifestyle, as the veneer surfaces can last several years with proper care. This particular process is especially appealing to people who are in the public eye or in a job where their appearance is important.
There are also many different toothpastes, mouthwashes and even dental floss on the market that can help in the daily regimen of smile maintenance. Whatever your choice of cosmetic teeth whitening, read all of the pros and cons to make the best decision, then enjoy the self esteem that a great smile can bring!
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