Easy Options to Brighten Your Smile
Even with the best oral hygiene habits, consuming beverages like coffee, tea, and wine, or using tobacco products, will inevitably impact the brightness of our smile. Embarrassment over the condition of their teeth leads many to hide their smile and avoid expressing themselves openly.
If you have an important upcoming event or simply need a boost of self-confidence, there are four easy ways to quickly improve the look of your smile.
Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to improve your smile. The chairside teeth whitening procedure takes about an hour, starting with your teeth being prepared for the treatment and protected from sensitivity. To lessen the preparation time, a routine cleaning is recommended prior to teeth whitening. The professional whitening formula is applied to your teeth where it will remain for 15 minutes, with the process being repeated three or four times, depending on the extent of staining.
Professional Take-Home Teeth Whitening
The professional take-home tray method of whitening can work as effectively as an in-office treatment, it just takes a little longer. The benefits of this option are its cost-effectiveness and convenience. After obtaining an impression of your teeth, and receiving your custom whitening trays, the dentist will give you instructions to help you achieve the best results possible.
After receiving in-office teeth whitening, take-home trays and whitening gel may be offered for periodic routine at-home whitening to maintain your bright smile.
When Teeth Whitening Isn’t Enough Dental Veneers may be the Answer
If your teeth are intrinsically stained due to genetics, health issues or medications, this discoloration will not respond to professional teeth whitening the same way that stains from dark beverages or even neglect will. This is when dental veneers can be the answer.
These fine porcelain shells are placed on the front of your prepared teeth to create a dazzling smile. Dental veneers not only brighten your teeth but can address small cracks and chips, as well as gaps, and mild misalignment for a total transformation.
Dental Bonding for a Cost-Effective Way to Improve Your Smile
If your teeth have imperfections or intrinsic staining and you want a middle ground between whitening and veneers, another option is dental bonding. This treatment can conceal chips, discoloration and other cosmetic issues. The composite material is painted onto each tooth and color matched to leave you with a uniformly more beautiful smile.
Call Arch Street Dental Today – Cosmetic Dental Care Made Simple
Whether you choose whitening, veneers or bonding, our dental office can help. We are committed to helping you achieve a smile you can be proud to show off now and for many years to come.
We are conveniently located in Boston just south of Downtown Crossing.
When is a Good Time to Whiten Your Teeth?
Professional tooth whitening is a great way to freshen up your smile and give your whole face a brighter look. It's a quick and easy procedure that your dentist can perform in under an hour, and it gives great results. So when is the best time to have this procedure?
Choose the Right Time for Best Results
In general, there’s no “best” time to have your teeth professionally whitened—you can have this procedure any time you’re not happy with the color of your teeth. However, there are some situations in which it might be wise to wait before having a whitening procedure.
Oral health issues
If you have any oral health problems such as exposed root surfaces, dry mouth, or highly sensitive teeth, talk to your dentist for advice before having your teeth whitened. They might suggest having alternative treatments before whitening, to make sure your oral health is the best it can be.
Smoking and beverages
Are you a smoker, or do you have a heavy coffee or tea habit that has caused tooth staining? If so, consider giving up or reducing those habits before having your teeth whitened. This will ensure your teeth stay white and bright for longer, so you’ll need fewer retouches after the initial treatment.
For instance, if you’re taking medication that causes tooth discoloration, it would be a good move to finish the course of medication before having your teeth whitened. Medications that can cause discoloration include:
Antihistamines such as Benadryl;
Some kinds of high blood pressure medications;
Mouthwashes that contain the active ingredients chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride.
Some antibiotics can cause discoloration. However, this occurs mostly in children, and it’s rare for antibiotics to cause discoloration of adult teeth.
An acne medication called minocycline can cause the teeth to take on a black or gray tint.
Note that some of these medications cause tooth discoloration that even professional whitening can’t remove. This is because the discoloration goes throughout the entire tooth, rather than just the surface. If your teeth are stained in this way, talk to your dentist about alternatives to chemical whitening.
Contact Us Today to Learn More about Tooth Whitening
Interested in having your teeth professionally whitened, or would you just like to learn more about the procedure? Call us today at Arch Street Dental to schedule an appointment!
When it comes to restoring health, function, and aesthetics to your bite, choosing a solution that precisely fits your smile is critical. At Arch Street Dental, restorative dentistry is an important part of helping patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. To help our patients choose the right solution for their smile, our Boston dentist works one-on-one with patients, creating treatment plans that balance oral health needs with aesthetic goals. Consider the following factors when selecting your upcoming dental restoration.
While often overlooked, the gums play a critical role in keeping the entire smile healthy. When compromised by gum disease or damaged by dental trauma, patients can find themselves facing oral discomfort and vulnerable to a wealth of potential dental issues. With these consequences in mind, Boston dentist Dr. Eka, and her staff strive to educate patients on the importance of caring for each part of the smile. For lasting gum health, consider integrating these steps into your oral hygiene routine at home.