When you are looking for a quick and effective way to update your appearance, brightening your smile can be a great way to do so. With an ever-expanding array of options for ways to whiten your smile, it can be an intimidating choice to make. Your dentist can be a great source for guidance when it comes to whitening and brightening your smile. Your dentist can help to monitor any sensitivity, pain, or health issues. Your dentist can also help you decide which method is best for brightening your smile since different teeth have different needs.
Over-the-counter whitening trays are not designed specifically for your smile. Your dentist can create a tray molded exactly for your mouth. This allows for the whitening gel to penetrate every unique curve of your smile. The trays will come in a kit that includes a professional-grade whitening gel and specific instructions to take home. A professional take-home treatment typically takes less than two weeks and less than an hour each day.
If your schedule does not allow for treatments in the comfort of your own home, faster results can be achieved in your dentist’s office. If you have a big event like a wedding or graduation, in-office whitening can be a fast way to achieve your smile goals.
If your teeth have intrinsic discoloration, it means the stains come from inside of the tooth. This type of discoloration cannot be removed through a whitening treatment, since whitening only affects the outer layer of teeth. Cosmetic bonding can cover this type of discoloration, especially if it only affects one or a few teeth.
If much of your smile is discolored by intrinsic staining, porcelain veneers may be a good option for brightening. Veneers are thin porcelain shells permanently attached to the front of each tooth.
Talk to Dr. Carmona about which way is best to brighten your smile. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.