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3 Options for Whitening Your Teeth

Aileen Sideris Teeth Whitening

Having a healthy-looking smile can do a lot for your self-esteem. Everyone can have a healthy smile even if they have a history of poor dental health. Your dentist can help you whiten your teeth so that you can have a healthier-looking smile and feel better about it. If you are interested in teeth whitening, here is a deeper look at three teeth whitening options.


Whitening Toothpaste


The easiest and most accessible whitening solution is whitening toothpaste. It is specially formulated to help you remove stains from your teeth, replenish your enamel, and physically or chemically brighten your teeth. Whitening toothpaste is easily available at most stores and by most major dental health brands.

All you need to do is replace your regular toothpaste with whitening toothpaste and brush according to the directions. It will take several weeks of consistent and effective brushing to see significant improvement. However, making it your daily routine will improve the look of your smile and your overall dental health.


At-Home Whitening Trays


Another option is to try at-home whitening trays. Whitening trays or strips are plastic covers that go on your teeth that apply a chemical whitener to your teeth. You wear them for a set amount of time every day and they will whiten your teeth over time.

One of the initial issues with whitening trays is having a personalized fit. For the trays to work, they have to have a snug fit on your teeth. Otherwise, they will fall off or spots will be missed. Your dentist can help you make a mold or a scan of your teeth so that a manufacturer can make you a custom set of trays. This process can take some time and requires a trip to the dentist.

Another issue is that you cannot wear the trays when doing certain activities. For example, the trays must come out when you are eating. They are not designed to replace your teeth and will be damaged if you eat with them in place.


Professional Teeth Whitening


If you are not seeing results with these options, you can always choose professional teeth whitening. A dentist can whiten your teeth with specialized tools and whitening products that will give you a more instant and professional quality whitening.  Out of the three options, this requires most financial investment. However, the results can be worth the time and expense. You’ll have a professional that has experience doing the work so that you will get a more personalized and effective service.


Ready to Get Started?


Having a brighter, whiter smile is easy as long as you know which option you prefer. Before beginning any whitening treatment, consult with a skilled dentist to see what your options are and for advice on how to go about it. Kensington Natural Smiles wants to help you! Please give us a call at 301-933-3903 or email us at info@susanhodds.com today!