There are entire aisles in grocery stores and pharmacies dedicated to dental care. Over-the-counter whitening methods have come a long way, and can come in many forms like whitening toothpaste, strips, trays, gels, mouthwash, and even special floss for whiter teeth. Your dentist can also provide a handful of options to upgrade to a whiter smile. Your dentist can manage any potential sensitivity that may occur, and can customize your treatment to your specific needs. Working with your dentist, you can decide on the best treatment for your needs, your goals, your budget, and your time frame.
Your dentist can create a tray molded exactly to your teeth. This allows for the whitening gel to penetrate every curve, nook, and cranny. When going with a custom kit, your dentist will provide professional-grade whitening gel that you will apply to your teeth by using your customized tray. Treatment typically lasts for less than two weeks and less than an hour each day.
If your time does not allow for treatments in the comfort of your own home, faster results can be done by your dentist in the office. This is a particularly good option, if you have a big event like a wedding or graduation. The professional whitening treatment can usually get teeth up to ten shades whiter in just one office visit.
Some teeth have intrinsic staining, which means the stains come from inside of the tooth. This type of discoloration cannot be removed even with professional whitening. Teeth bonding can cover up these types of stains, especially if the stains are on just one or a few teeth.
If your entire mouth of teeth is discolored by intrinsic staining, porcelain veneers may be a good option in upgrading your smile. Veneers are permanently attached to the front of each tooth. If several of your teeth are intrinsically stained, porcelain veneers may give you the smile makeover of your dreams.
Ask Dr. Carmona about whitening 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.