Just about everyone could use a confidence boost from time to time. But where do you start? You could get in better shape by hitting the gym or starting a diet – both very worthwhile goals. Or, you could hit the mall and find some great new clothes to make you feel great – but that could get a little expensive.
Naturally, our dentists in the Anaheim area have an even better suggestion. Why not start with your teeth? They’re always with you, it’s been proven that smiling more can make you happier, and it’s both a fast and affordable procedure that lasts for quite a while (especially with good oral hygiene).
But what’s the best way to get whiter teeth? That depends.
If you like how your teeth are shaped and positioned in your mouth – or if your dentist has never really identified any major problems with your teeth, in-office teeth whitening has become a safe and effective method used by patients around the world with great results.
You might wonder if at-home whitening is an option, and it is, but it does tend to take a little longer to achieve the same results as in-office dental whitening – which takes about an hour and can whiten your teeth by multiple shades.
If you have sensitive teeth, however, the whitening compound used for in-office whitening can sometimes be a bit too much for patients with sensitive teeth – resulting in increased dental sensitivity for a short time. Even though this doesn’t generally last, it can sometimes steer patients with sensitive teeth towards at-home whitening that uses a less-intense whitening gel inside of a special mouth-guard you wear.
What about over-the-counter whitening products?
The thing about OTC whitening products is that they aren’t very consistent. From whitening toothpastes to whitening strips and the horribly inconsistent whitening goop you “brush” on with an applicator – it’s all a bit of a mixed bag. On top of this, the concentrations of hydrogen peroxide aren’t as effective as the concentration your dentist can offer.
What if my teeth are also misshapen, too?
If you’re unhappy with the color and shape of your teeth – that’s where something like dental veneers or crowns are an option. Solutions like crowns or veneers can help completely transform your smile by covering up imperfections and color matching the “artificial” tooth to match your other teeth (after they’ve been whitened).
But do remember, veneers and crowns don’t always whiten like your natural teeth. So if you do get a veneer or crown, you either need to be extra careful about avoiding food and drink that stains your teeth (covered in our blog post: Teeth Whitening 101: How and Why Your Teeth Get Stained) or you need periodically get your teeth re-whitened to match.
Have questions about getting nicer teeth? Our dentists in the Anaheim area have answers. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help boost your confidence.