Do I Need Professional Teeth Whitening?

teeth whiteningThere are a vast number of products that claim they can brighten your smile. While walking down the aisle of your grocery store or pharmacy, you run into an overwhelming amount of toothpaste, mouthwash, and strips that offer whiter teeth. Often, when you use any of these, the results are lackluster. Rather than continuously settling for disappointing results, consider professional teeth whitening. In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist will discuss the custom, professional option that will help you regain confidence in the brightness of your smile.

How Does It Work?

When you visit our office for a consultation, we thoroughly examine your teeth to figure out the best course of action for your specific needs. From there, we take detailed images and make impressions of your teeth. With this information, we create custom trays that will comfortably fit over your teeth. They are filled with a professional cleaning gel that is then applied to your teeth from the comfort of your own home. The process typically requires you to wear the trays between one to two hours each day for around two weeks. Depending on the severity of the stains, your dentist may recommend altering the amount of time you spend wearing the teeth whitening kit. By the time you are done, your teeth will be noticeably whiter and the bothersome stains will be gone. Your teeth might feel extra sensitive after the procedure, but this is normal. If it persists, and you are uncomfortable, please feel free to reach out to your dentist.

How Do I Keep My Teeth White?

After you have undergone professional teeth whitening, it is crucial to maintain good oral hygiene and practice preventative care. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. For best, ongoing results, try to avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. These include wine, coffee, and tea. Of course, you should still feel free to indulge yourself — just be aware that these can cause stains. Tobacco is another major culprit when it comes to discoloration. Regularly visiting your dentist for checkups and cleanings is also essential for the health of your teeth and mouth overall. 

Why Are Some Stains Staying?

Unfortunately, custom teeth whitening can’t always get every stain. Intrinsic stains — or ones that exist beneath the tooth’s enamel — will typically stay put. These are deeper and whitening processes can’t typically reach them. If you have this deeper discoloration, there are other cosmetic options available that can help as well.

Have More Questions About Teeth Whitening?

To learn more about the ways we can help brighten your smile, then please contact your Kahoka, MO dentist at Barbour Dental today. Contact our office at 660-727-4746 to schedule your visit with our team. You can also find us at 203 E. Commercial St. Kahoka, Missouri. We look forward to hearing from you.