What Whitening Treatments Are Available?

Jul. 15, 2015

Before and After Whitening

Find out how you can whiten your smile

A beautiful smile featuring shiny white teeth leaves a great impression. If your teeth are not quite as bright as you’d like, you can elect to receive whitening treatment that will ensure that winning smile, whether you’re heading for the board room, your class reunion, or the opening of a new cultural facility, or simply enjoy the look of vibrant white teeth.

Substances such as wine, coffee, tea and other beverages and foods can quietly leave cumulative stains on your teeth over time, detracting from your overall appearance and the impression that you make on others.

Teeth Whitening Procedures

You can get back the vibrant smile you once had through tooth whitening. Whether you choose to do tooth whitening on your own or have your dentist perform a whitening procedure, you’ll be surprised at how much difference whiter teeth can make.

Two primary teeth whitening procedures are available:

  • At-home whitening is a home bleaching system that you can do at your leisure with minimum difficulty.
  • In-office whitening produces instant results. The ZOOM system uses a whitening solution that is activated via a special light. With this procedure, you’ll have teeth that are several shades whiter before you even walk out of the dentist’s office.

Bonding and Veneers

When you undergo teeth whitening, you can also look to additional procedures that can help blend in tooth color so it looks natural across your smile:

  • Bonding involves carefully placing resin on teeth that are discolored or have minor gaps and cracks. The tooth-colored material is then shaped and polished to ensure that it blends in well with the other teeth.
  • Veneers are thin strips of porcelain placed over teeth to cover chips and stains that cannot be repaired. This material can adjust tooth shape and fix minor alignment wishes, as well as brighten teeth.

Great Smile, Great Teeth

No great smile is complete without great teeth. A winning smile with clean, healthy teeth can be a major asset in business and social situations. That smile comes from in part from good dental habits, and is polished off with attractive white teeth.

When you decide it’s time to upgrade your smile to bright and beautiful, check with your local dentist to discover what cosmetic dentistry method is the best way for you to get whiter teeth.