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Considering Whitening Your Teeth? What You Should Know

May 15, 2018
Posted By: Rush Creek Dentistry
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There’s nothing like a dazzling white smile to boost your confidence. When your teeth start to look darker than you’d like, because of lifestyle choices or because of age, many of us look to teeth whitening.

Today everyone, Arlington, TX residents, and has many options available for teeth whitening. Which one should you choose? Let’s take a look at what you should know when you decide on teeth whitening options.

Over-the-Counter Tooth Whiteners

The drugstore shelves are lined with affordable, over-the-counter whitening products. There are whitening strips, whitening toothpastes, whitening mouthwashes, and other options available. For the most part, these products will do a decent job of eliminating surface stains from your teeth.

Keep your expectations realistic. If you use them as directed—usually over a period of several weeks—you might notice your teeth do look somewhat whiter after treatment. The difference will not, however, be dramatic.

It’s important to follow the instructions that come with these whitening treatments. If you overdo treatment, you can actually harm the structure of your tooth, giving your teeth a blue or gray cast. You can also increase the risk of tooth sensitivity if you use these products incorrections.

Professional Teeth Whiteners

When you go to the dentist for treatment, you will obtain much more dramatic results. You can get in-office treatment that will make your teeth several shades lighter—in just about an hour or so. Because your dentist will protect your lips and gums, there is also less risk of sensitivity.

For follow-up treatment, you can get custom-made trays with dental grade whitening gel to take home with you. This way, you can do touch-ups whenever you feel like it is necessary. These custom trays work well because they are molded to your teeth, and more of the whitening gel comes into contact with your teeth.

Call Your Arlington, TX Dentist About Teeth Whitening

Contact us if you have questions about teeth whitening. We’d love to help you get a brighter, whiter smile!


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