People’s smiles lose their whiteness over the course of time – whether from beverage choices to aging. It’s possible to regain that shine, though. You can find them at either your local pharmacy or at your dentist’s office.
Here are some ways that you can change your smile color to one that you’d like to display, based on availability and cost:
Toothpaste and Mouthwash
There are a lot of different kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes that advertise themselves as being able to improve the color of your teeth. Just be sure to get the ones that are ADA-approved. That way
You just brush your teeth like normal with this toothpaste and then swish the mouthwash around like you regularly do. These are formulated to show results over a period of time.
This method takes the longest since the ingredients are not on the teeth for very long. Two minutes or so for the toothpaste and 30 seconds for the mouthwash. It can take a few weeks to get noticeable results but people will usually find that their patience is rewarded. Neither the toothpaste nor the mouthwashes are terribly expensive and can fit in many people’s budgets.
There is another at-home option that is a bit more expensive than the toothpaste/mouthwash combo. It’s more effective in a shorter amount of time, though. They are whitening strips and one puts them on for roughly 45 minutes to an hour.
The drawback with these is that people can develop tooth and gum sensitivity. Also, they need to follow the instructions and not leave them on too long or the results may not be optimal. They are also not customizable for each person, so it’s difficult to know what the true results will be.
Professional Tooth Whitening
This is the step to take if you need immediate results. There are a couple of options – the first being that the dentist can give you a series of trays – basically mouthguards- that you fill up a special gel and wear them for a prescribed amount of time. The big factor here is that the dentist can customize the levels to get the results you want.
There is also teeth whitening that can be done in-office with a special gel and black light. Both options generally run $500 or so and since they are cosmetic, the patient pays for it out of pocket 99% of the time with very rare exceptions.
All of these use the same basic ingredient – hydrogen peroxide. The amount of it varies, with the toothpaste and mouthwashes generally having the lowest concentration of it.
Whatever your choice is, VIP Dental Center can work with you to get the whitest teeth possible. Give them a call at 727- 787-2424.