Ways To Brighten Up My Smile

February 2, 2018

A dull, yellowing smile can be deflating when you look at yourself in the mirror. It can make you look older than you actually are, feel less confident in your interactions with other people, or self-conscious about laughing or smiling. Your smile should provide a confidence boost rather than make you feel insecure. One of the fastest ways you can update your smile is to to brighten the color of your teeth. If you have years-worth of stains from lifestyle habits like drinking coffee or smoking cigarettes, whitening your teeth can help to remove those stains. If your teeth are just dull from age or colored by years without a professional cleaning, a whitening treatment can make a big difference. Your dentist can help you determine if and when a whitening treatment is not enough to brighten your smile.

Take-Home Whitening Kit

Your dentist can customize a mouth tray for your smile to use with your whitening treatment. A customized tray allows for the professional-grade whitening gel to penetrate every unique curve of your teeth. The kit will include the custom-designed set of trays for both your upper and lower teeth, specific instructions, and professional whitening gel for you to take home. You will use the trays and gel at your leisure. After just 10-14 days of daily use, your teeth can get several shades lighter. Whitening treatments can remove stains that affect the outside of your teeth.

Discoloration From Inside

Stains affecting the outside of your teeth can be removed through whitening. However, stains caused by discoloration within the tooth cannot be removed that way. Internal discoloration may be caused by trauma to the tooth, internal bleeding, medications, genetics, age, or certain diseases. This type of stain is known as intrinsic, while stains on the outside are known as extrinsic. For intrinsic discoloration, your dentist may recommend other cosmetic options such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers to cover up the stains and brighten your smile.

Are You Wanting to Brighten Your Smile

Talk to your dentist about the best ways to get your smile brighter. To schedule a consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.