When brushing twice a day doesn’t help improve your yellow stained teeth, it’s time to consider other options.  White teeth help to radiate your appearance, your confidence, and it enhances your smile.  Whitening your teeth is an inexpensive cosmetic remedy available to enhance a dull smile.   Whitening works well if your teeth have darkened from coffee, tea, or smoking.   I recommend you have a dental exam first before using any over the counter products.

What Are Your Whitening Options?

• In Office Whitening is performed by your dentist and it whitens your teeth faster.  The whitening solution used is usually stronger than what you can buy over the counter.  When you leave your dentist office, your teeth will be whiter and in some cases can be 5 shades whiter.

• Take Home Whitening is where your dentist will make your custom trays to fit your mouth and will send you home with a syringe of the whitening gel.  They will discuss with you how to use it and the length of time to use it.  It sometimes will take up to 5 days to see results, depending on the beginning shade of your teeth.

• There are several Over the Counter whitening products you can buy to include: Whitening Toothpaste, Whitening Strips, and Brush on Whitening gel.

Whether you choose In Office, Take Home, or Over the Counter Whitening in order to maintain your whiter and brighter smile you may have to change your diet. When using any of the whitening products, if you notice your teeth have become sensitive, call your dentist to inform them of the problems you are having. I hope this Tooth Talk has helped you to know how you too can have Whiter and Brighter teeth and improve your smile.  If you have any questions please feel free to call my office or email me.

If you have questions call or email me at Integrity Dental Care, PLLC (615) 445-8700 or email dr.jmitchell@integritydentalcares.com with any questions you may have.