Before you do read any more of this blog post, we want you to take a selfie. It’s up to you if you post it social media. The main thing is you need to smile and show your teeth.
Now, take a look at your smile. What could you do to make your smile look better?
One of the most common requests that dentists hear is from people who want to make their teeth whiter. When our teeth are whiter, our smiles look cleaner and healthier.
And when our smiles look nicer, we are more inclined to smile.
And that’s good for everyone!
We want to see your smile when you arrive and when you leave Dietrich Dental Services. If you are interested in making your smile whiter and brighter, then you should call our dentist office in Port Charlotte, FL, to schedule a consultation.
Talk To A Dentist
Before you do any kind of teeth whitening — including trying one of the over-the-counter products you can find in any toothpaste aisle — please talk to us first.
Some people are not good candidates for a teeth whitening. If your teeth aren’t healthy, you may actually cause damage by using a teeth whitening product. We don’t want that to happen.
It’s also important to determine the reason your teeth are yellow or discolored. If your teeth are stained, then teeth whitening can help improve the appearance of your teeth.
Staining happens naturally as we get older. Many of the foods we eat and beverages we drink add to these stains little by little, and the older we get the more meals we eat and drinks we drink.
Your teeth can become discolored for other reasons, such as an injury, an illness, or a side effect of certain medications. Teeth whitening is not the best way to deal with those discolorations, but we do have another service that can help. We’ll get to that later.
Professional Or Commercial Whitening?
Let’s assume your teeth are healthy, but not quite as white as you would like them to be.
Should you just go to the store, or should you come to our office for professional teeth whitening?
That depends on how white you want your smile to be and how quickly you want to have that smile.
Since the Olympics just wrapped up, let’s use those elite athletes as a comparison.
The 10K (6.2 miles) champion at the Olympics finished the race in 27 minutes, five seconds. For an average runner, that would be a great time to finish a 5K race — half the distance.
Our professional whitening is like the world-class runner. It can remove deeper stains than the commercial products, and our professional whitening can accomplish this in the same or less time than the store-bought stuff.
The fastest way to whiten your smile is with our in-office whitening treatment. If you’ve ever used a commercial whitening product, then you may be amazed at how much more effective our in-office treatment can be.
We also know that many patients prefer the convenience of a do-it-yourself approach. We can give you one of our take-home whitening kits.
This won’t work as quickly as our in-office treatment, but you will see comparable results by the time you are finished if you use this product as directed.
What To Do If Whitening Won’t Work?
If we have concerns that teeth whitening could be harmful to your oral health, then we are not going to recommend it for you. However, we may be able to help you improve your smile with another kind of cosmetic dentistry.
Porcelain veneers can give you a smile that is as white as you would like it to be.
Veneers won’t remove the stains from your teeth. Instead, veneers will hide them behind a shell that looks brilliantly white.
To get veneers, we may need to remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. Then we will make impressions, which we will send to a lab. This lab will use those impressions to craft a set of custom-fitted set of veneers for your teeth.
Your veneers can be made to as white (and as straight) as you want them to be.
Porcelain looks quite similar to natural teeth, and as an added bonus, it is more stain resistant than natural teeth. With proper care, your porcelain veneers can keep you smiling for decades.
Whiter Teeth & Bigger Smiles
With our professional teeth whitening or our dental veneers, you could have a better, brighter smile in a matter of a few days or a few weeks.