Your face is constantly on display. It’s typically what most people look at most. What people see when they look at you can affect how they view you. If your teeth are dull or stained, your facial appearance can be greatly impacted. Fortunately, many stains can be reduced or even eliminated. Fern Creek Dentistry can help to determine the best type of treatment for you.
Over the Counter Options
One of the easiest places to find whitening options is at the store. These products are typically located right near the other oral care products. You will find that there are several options there. These include such whitening treatments as toothpaste and rinses, strips, pens, and generic trays. Each product has its specific instructions for use. The treatment times with each product vary, as do the results that they can produce.
Professional Teeth Whitening Options
Over the counter options may be able to treat minor discoloration, but if you have more significant staining, you will need something stronger. This is because over the counter products do not contain a high concentration of ingredients that eliminate stains and discoloration. Treatment would take far too long, and the results would be minimal at best. If you need more significant results, your best bet is to choose professional whitening.
Professional whitening uses agents with much higher concentrations of whitening ingredients. These ingredients can whiten not just your enamel, but your dentin as well. The results are much greater as well, whitening your teeth several shades in a short period. With in-office whitening, you only need one appointment to achieve incredible results. Alternatively, you can whiten your teeth at home with professionally made trays. The treatment takes a little longer, but the results are no less amazing.
How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?
Teeth whitening is a fairly affordable treatment. Over the counter whiteners are the least expensive option, but they cannot give you the same dazzling results that professional treatments can. For professional whitening, the cost varies based on what method of treatment you choose, the extent of your discoloration, and your specific goals. Whitening is not typically covered by insurance because it is considered a cosmetic procedure. If cost is a concern, we can go over your options to help you choose the best one for you.
What if My Teeth Can’t Be Whitened?
Whitening can brighten your smile, eliminating many types of stains and discoloration. However, there are some situations in which whitening may not be able to give you the bright results you want or even whiten your teeth at all. Certain stains such as discoloration from dental trauma, cannot be treated with whitening. White spots caused by fluorosis may be made more noticeable. Dark brown stains may not be able to be completely eliminated.
In cases where whitening cannot give you a smile you are looking for, you still have options. Common cosmetic dentistry alternatives to whitening include dental bonding and porcelain veneers.
For more information about teeth whitening, and to find out if it is right for you, call Fern Creek Dentistry at (704) 380-9555 today.