Are you dreaming of snow-white teeth for your holiday parties and pictures? A whiter smile can amplify your self-confidence and help you make a great impression. There are many options for both at-home and professional teeth whitening. Here are some of the best teeth whitening tips and techniques recommended by local dental health experts in the Frisco, TX, area:
Ask Your Dentist
The first step is to speak with your dentist. The best teeth whitening technique for you depends on the condition of your teeth, and if they are sensitive to whitening, your dental health professional can help you determine the optimal solution to both whiten and protect them.
At-Home Whitening Tips
If you want to brighten your smile yourself, you may choose commercial products or home remedies. There are many self-whitening products available, including toothpaste, strips and light treatments. To help select yours, research online product reviews and recommendations, and consider your available budget and time. Lower-cost products may have less whitening strength and require a longer time commitment to see results, which may rev up your sparkle by New Year’s Eve, but not in time for this week’s office party.
While most over-the-counter products use varying amounts of peroxide and other chemicals, home remedies for whitening generally cost the least and do not contain artificial or chemical ingredients. Natural whitening techniques recommended by dentists include brushing several times a week with pastes or solutions made with baking soda, lemon juice, white vinegar and/or hydrogen peroxide. Coconut oil-pulling is an ancient, natural tooth whitening method that has regained popularity as well.
Professional Whitening Solutions
If your big holiday party or the family photo session for your seasonal cards is approaching, in-office treatments are your best bet for thorough teeth whitening within only hours. These options usually range in cost from $300 to $600 and are considered safer and more effective than at-home solutions.
Dental health professionals will first do a thorough cleaning to improve the effectiveness of whitening and will perform a thorough dental exam to reveal any underlying problems that can impact treatment, such as cracks, severe tooth decay or gum disease. Your teeth are then matched to a color chart in order to track the progress of the treatment. Going the professional route also means that your dentist can test your teeth and gums for sensitivity and minimize any discomfort.
Keeping the Sparkle
Whether you’ve brightened your smile yourself or with the help of a dental professional, you’ll want to keep them that way as long as possible. Although no whitening treatment is permanent, there are ways to prolong the sparkle. Dentists recommend the following:
- Avoid or minimize consumption of foods and drinks that stain teeth. Culprits include coffee, tea, soda, red wine, dark chocolate and deeply colored berries like blackberries and blueberries. Regular tobacco use also contributes heavily to staining.
- You can minimize the staining effects of the foods and drinks above by drinking or rinsing with water immediately after consuming them, and by eating a crunchy fruit or vegetable, such as celery, to help clean the teeth. Brushing too soon after consumption can actually promote staining by causing abrasion to softened enamel.
- Cleaner teeth are usually whiter teeth, so it’s important to follow generally recommended dental hygiene guidelines, such as regular brushing, flossing and checkups.
Dr. Nelson Wu and the team at Accent Dental in Frisco, TX, can advise and help you achieve a bright, beautiful smile for the holidays and the year ahead. You can schedule a tooth whitening treatment or consultation by calling (972) 335-7666.
Best Teeth Whitening Frisco, TX
8300 Gaylord Pkwy Ste. 15
Frisco, Texas 75034