Your teeth are such an important part of the way you look. Whether it’s looking good for a night out, or getting pictures made for posterity, you want your smile to look the best it possibly can. So many things can lead to your teeth losing their white sheen, but what can you do? Whitening treatments are available to help, but there are other strategies for making your smile whiter for longer.
At Woodland Lakes Dental Studio in Conroe, Texas, our team helps with many dental treatments, including whitening procedures. Our skilled provider, Dr. Gabriel Polo, specializes in all kinds of cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening.
What causes staining of your teeth?
We all wish our teeth would stay as beautiful as when they first come in as children. However, many environmental factors affect the color of your teeth throughout the years. While some things are avoidable, not everything can be controlled regarding the whiteness of your teeth.
Some of your favorite foods and drinks are often the main culprits of discoloration of your teeth. But there are other causes as well, which include:
Some illnesses may also lead to stains on your teeth, along with treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. Medications may also cause discoloration, especially certain blood pressure pills and antipsychotic medications.
Although you can change your eating habits or quit smoking, you can’t control all of the external factors that lead to problems with your teeth. This is where professional whitening can help.
Whitening procedures we offer
At our facility, Dr. Polo offers two different types of teeth whitening — in-office whitening and take-home tray whitening. There are pros and cons to each of these, so it’s important that you talk to Dr. Polo before deciding which option to go with.
In-office whitening is your best choice for the whitest teeth possible. If you decide on this option, you’ll be able to have a stunning smile in less than an hour. This is one of the best parts of in-office whitening.
The procedure in the office includes a gel coating on your gums to protect them from the bleach solution. Once Dr. Polo applies the gel, a bleaching agent is generously applied to all of your teeth. A fluorescent light is then used to help activate the bleaching agent to whiten your teeth in no time.
The take-home trays are similar to the office procedure, except you can do it in the convenience of your own home. The disadvantage to this form of whitening is that it’s very gradual, so it’ll take some time to achieve your desired results.
You can use the trays every day, until your teeth are as white as you’d like. The bleaching agent isn’t as strong as the one used in the office, but you may still experience some sensitivity on your gums.
No matter which option you choose, keeping your teeth white afterwards is the key to a long-lasting, stunningly white smile.
How to get the most out of teeth whitening
The best way to keep your teeth white for a longer period of time starts with good dental hygiene. You want to make sure to brush at least twice a day and floss daily. You can also use a whitening toothpaste to help keep your teeth shining.
Another tip for keeping your whitening treatment fresh is to avoid the foods and drinks that stain your teeth. However, if you live for coffee, that’s easier said than done. You can keep enjoying your daily coffee fix, just use a straw to avoid the coffee sitting on your teeth, which causes staining.
Stay away from acidic fruits and drinks, as the acid can wear away at your enamel, which leads to staining. Acidic foods should be avoided as much as possible after you’ve had your teeth whitened.
Lastly, you might want to consider getting your teeth touched up every now and then to keep them looking nice and white. Dr. Polo can tell you how often to come in based on your lifestyle and dental habits.
If you’d like to learn more about teeth whitening and how to keep your smile looking beautiful, call our office or book an appointment online today.