Even though you brush and floss twice each day, your teeth still look dull and your smile is fading. This is because, over time, eating certain foods, drinking coffee, and smoking can all stain your teeth. However, all is not lost—there are still things you can do to bring back your white smile.
Read on to learn of these options, and contact Dr. Shaina M DiMariano of DiMariano Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in Folsom, CA, if our cosmetic dentistry services sound right for you.
Many kinds of toothpaste, such as those that contain baking soda, are slightly abrasive. This can help remove slight stains. Other kinds of toothpaste contain peroxide for surface stain removal. If they whiten your teeth at all, it is usually only by one shade.
You can buy teeth whitening strips over the counter at drugstores. You apply them to your teeth for 20 minutes a day for several weeks. The strips are coating in a peroxide-based whitening agent. You should see whitening within a few days, and the results can last for up to four months.
Home Teeth Whitening Kits
Most home kits are comprised of a tray that is molded to fit your teeth and a bleaching solution. After boiling the tray to sterilize it and soften it, you bite on it so it can conform to the shape of your teeth. You then fill the tray with a bleaching agent and put the tray over your teeth for 2-4 hours. Home kits that contain carbamide peroxide may whiten your teeth up to several shades.
The Power of Cosmetic Dentistry
If you find that home whitening kits are not brightening your smile as much as you would like, talk to your Folsom dentist about professional whitening. In-chair teeth whitening can provide a brighter smile than home whitening because the bleaching agent is stronger, and your dentist can enhance its action using lasers.
If you live in or around Folsom, CA, and you’d like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry, call Dr. DiMariano today at (916) 983-6655.