Enjoy a healthy, natural, younger-looking smile.
Your natural tooth color is as individual as you are, and there are nearly as many teeth-whitening options available to you as there are shades of teeth. Using over the counter (OTC) brush-on, strip, or toothpaste whiteners, or professionally dispensed options, 40.5 million of Americans chose to whiten their teeth last year alone.
If you’re searching for teeth whitening in Omaha, here are some things to consider:
Whitening toothpastes contain abrasives to scrub off stains and discoloration – these same abrasives can also damage your tooth enamel.
Whitening floss contains the same abrasives that toothpastes do, which means you risk damaging the enamel between your teeth. However, your favorite floss cleans between your teeth, making it easier for the whitening gel to penetrate these tight spaces – plus it’s a critical part of your home oral health routine.
Brush-on whiteners may be used for spot whitening but there is little to support their overall effectiveness. Plus, the film is easily rubbed off and could result in uneven treatment. And, despite it looking easy to apply directly to your teeth, it’s a lot harder than it looks!
Whitening strips are designed to hug the surfaces of your teeth to deliver the bleaching gel and are a discreet way to whiten teeth. However because the bleaching gel does not reach the spaces between your teeth, the results may not be as you expected. Plus, because they are not custom fit, saliva may seep behind the strip and dilute the gel, with disappointing results.
Professional take-home teeth whitening gives you the confidence that your results will be as expected with no damage to your teeth. Using a tray that’s been custom-made to fit your teeth, professional-grade whitening uses a higher-percentage bleaching gel that contacts every part of your tooth for even whitening. Saliva can’t dilute the solution, and there is a lower chance of the gel coming into contact with your gums, which is what many people experience when they feel pain during whitening. Plus, because I supervise your whitening treatment, there is no worry of over-whitening.
For best results…
- Consider whitening before having restorations such as crowns, bridges, or implants. That way I can match the restoration color to your ideal tooth color … because you can’t whiten restorations.
- Begin whitening after a cleaning appointment. Your hygienist will have cleaned off all the surface plaque and staining so that the teeth whitening solution directly contacts the enamel
- Before using your trays, ensure you’ve had enough to eat so you won’t need to eat for a few hours after the trays come out.
- Brush and floss beforehand to ensure that the solution can reach each part of your tooth, including the in between spaces.
If your smile is duller than you’d like or is aging you beyond your years, call me today to book a consultation appointment. Together we can address any cosmetic concerns you have with your smile – including giving you whiter, brighter, younger-looking teeth.
Yours in dental health,
Dr. Steven Wegner