For patients dealing with gingival recession, or receding gums, pinhole gum surgery is a minimally invasive treatment option that is often effective at moving gums back down to the original, proper position. Some patients avoid treatment for gingival recession due to fear of the pain of soft-tissue grafting. However, untreated gum recession leaves teeth roots…
Are You Happy with Your Smile? Teeth Whitening Can Help
On top of having a healthy mouth, Teeth Whitening is just one of the ways to ensure that you are happy with your smile. Some people may feel embarrassed or unhappy with their smile if their teeth are yellow or stained. Let's first review what makes a healthy smile.
What makes a healthy smile?
Typically, a healthy smile is one that is free of disease and attractive. Most people with a healthy mouth visit their dentist on a regular basis, at least twice a year, and practice good oral hygiene at home.
Improve your smile with teeth whitening
A bright, white smile is always an attraction factor and a welcome bonus for most people. You might be interested in brightening your smile with teeth whitening. But what whitening options are there?
For in-office treatments, your dentist will use a heavy-duty version of the tray, gel and UV treatment you might use at home to get you the fastest results for your smile. This is a faster, but sometimes more expensive option than brightening your smile at home. However, in-office teeth whitening is the most effective way to brighten your smile.
At-home teeth whitening options
There are many options for at-home teeth whitening, some of which are listed below:
Whitening toothpaste — Introduce whitening toothpaste into your regular dental hygiene to give your daily clean a boost. Whitening toothpaste often contains a mild peroxide bleaching solution and can be added to the other techniques on this list. Be aware that whitening toothpaste can take quite a while to work and you may need to stick with it for weeks.
Whitening trays — This is one of the most common whitening techniques over the counter. You can purchase trays that can be shaped to your teeth (or one-size fits all trays) and use a peroxide bleaching gel to get the color you are looking for. This method often takes some time, but you can get vivid results.
Whitening Strips — These typically contain the same peroxide bleaching solution as trays and gel but are a little less messy to get started. The downside is that the gel easily reaches all areas of your teeth where strips do not, so proper placement is important to avoid spotting.
UV Treatments — You may not know this, but you can purchase UV treatment to use at home. During your normal whitening process (with trays or strips), you place a UV light between your lips and gums. It runs on a timer and speeds up the peroxide by adding a little extra light energy to the chemical reaction. Most UV lights for teeth whitening work on a timer and are designed to fit comfortably in your mouth.
The bottom line
There are many ways to improve your smile if you are unhappy with it, including teeth whitening. Talk to one of our dental health professionals today for more information or to make an appointment.Request an appointment here: https://www.taylordentalsmiles.com or call Taylor Dental Care at (801) 252-4440 for an appointment in our Sandy office.
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