Busy lifestyles may mean less care of our teeth’s appearance. While we may brush and floss regularly to help maintain our dental health, stains may still form on the surface of our teeth; especially if we’re fond of strong, dark drinks such as tea or coffee, or tobacco.
A dull, drab smile can be a real confidence-sapper, but there are a range of teeth whitening treatments, from simple toothpastes to advanced Zoom teeth whitening, that can target stains and help restore a brighter smile. While deeper staining that appears below the surface of the tooth enamel requires more detailed and extensive treatments, superficial staining on the surface on the teeth is easily treatable.
Specially formulated tooth whitening toothpastes and tooth whitening strips can help to remove superficial staining on the teeth, but for tougher stains, it may be necessary to have professional teeth whitening treatment via a cosmetic dentist.
Depending on the severity of the staining, the desired results and the patient’s timeframe, the cosmetic dentist can offer several options. Take-home tooth whitening kits can be administered to allow the patient to whiten teeth in their own home. These kits, although similar in operation to those that can be shop-bought, offer greater benefits to the patient than over-the-counter kits.
For example, the formulation of the bleaching agents will be better matched to achieve the desired result, whereas the formulation found in over-the-counter kits may not be strong enough, or prove too potent and could cause harm to the patient’s teeth, gums or mouth. The applicator tray is also custom-fitted to better shape the patient’s mouth than those found in kits from the local drugstore.
For fast results, Zoom teeth whitening is an option. Performed in a single day, Zoom treatment involves the cosmetic dentist using light-activated gels and a high intensity light to quickly, safely and effectively restore the brightness of the teeth that could otherwise take several weeks of using tooth whitening kits to achieve similar results.
To learn more about your teeth whitening options in Austin TX, contact Balcones Family Dental at 512-200-7422 and schedule your individualized consultation today.