If you live in Atlanta and are dreaming of a white Christmas, you may be out of luck this year with our record high temperatures. However, if you are dreaming of getting whiter teeth for Christmas, this is certainly possible. With today’s advanced tooth whitening systems, it is easier than ever to achieve a bright, white, younger and healthier looking smile.
Since there are a number of teeth whitening products both in the grocery store and drug store aisles and in your dentist’s office, you may be trying to decide which method to choose. If you want to achieve dramatic results while still protecting the long-term health of your teeth, you need to go through your dentist before initiating any type of teeth whitening regiment. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you whiten your teeth under the supervision of a board certified dentist.
Many dental practices offer a variety of options for whitening your teeth. The trick is to find the option that best suits your lifestyle and your budget. You may also need to factor in your current dental health. Take-home kits are a good and economical solution for many individuals. The process involves getting custom trays from your dentist’s office, filling them with a whitening solution and wearing them over your teeth for a specified period of time. Advantages of this method include the fact that once you have purchased the custom trays, the cost of the whitening solution is relatively inexpensive. This system can also be used over and over again for continued results and can be used to whiten your teeth prior to important events in your life. However, some individuals experience severe tooth sensitivity when using this type of whitening method. Additionally, if you are a smoker or have extreme tooth discoloration, this method may not be strong enough to help you achieve your desired result.
Many dental practices also offer in-office teeth whitening solutions. This option enables you to significantly whiten your teeth in just one dental appointment lasting approximately one hour. This option is good for individuals who are extremely busy and are looking for dramatic results in a very short period of time, or for individuals who have issues with tooth sensitivity.
What if you are not a candidate for the take-home or in-office whitening solutions? In this case, you may want to consider porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells that can be laminated onto the front surface of your teeth to change their size, shape or color.
The good news is that with today’s advances in dental technology, there are a variety of options for whitening your teeth. This makes it possible for virtually everyone to achieve the smile of their dreams. If you are dreaming of a white Christmas for your teeth, schedule a consultation with your dentist today so he or she can help you select the best teeth whitening solution to meet your needs.
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