The holidays are quick approaching, and hopefully that means you are going to be laughing and smiling with friends and family a lot over the coming weeks. Unfortunately, if you are self-conscious about the color of your teeth, this season can be less fun and more anxiety inducing. You want to look your best for the inevitable litany of pictures and parties, and teeth whitening in Waco, TX from Premier Family Dental is the best way to make your smile shine.
Why Are My Teeth Discolored?
Factors such as coffee, wine, diet, and even ageing can cause your teeth to look dull and yellow. This is because all of them can lead to the break of your naturally white enamel to reveal the yellowish dentin underneath. Enamel is actually translucent, so even a small amount of wear can change their color. While brushing and flossing can save your teeth from becoming more discolored, they can do very little to actually improve the color. This is where professional teeth whitening from your dentist in Waco, TX can help.
How Teeth Whitening Helps
Nearly 90% of dental patients want their teeth to be whiter when they come see Dr. Cofer. This is because white teeth are one of the greatest social signifiers in our society, as people with white teeth are often thought of as more attractive, intelligent, and friendly. When you come in for teeth whitening, the first step is to clean your teeth of any leftover food or plaque. Then we will apply the special Zoom! Teeth Whitening bleaching gel. It is able to break up years of stains on your teeth and help reveal their underlying brilliance.
Once the gel is applied, we will use a high-intensity light to activate it. This light actually heats up the gel and helps it work faster. After 15 minutes, we will wipe away the gel and start the process over again. We will do about 2-3 rounds of this depending on the level of whiteness you are looking for. Most patients are out of the office in about hour.
This process has been shown to make teeth 6-10 shades whiter, and simple brushing and flossing can help maintain the results for several months. For patients who would like to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own home, we can provide you with take-home kit so that you can give yourself occasional touch-ups. The kits we provide are custom made for you and are much more effective and long-lasting than generic store bought kits.
Either way, your teeth should be sparkling white for the next 4-6 months. Routine brushing and flossing, along with avoiding foods that can stain your teeth will help the color last longer. You can also use the take-home kit for the occasional touch-up. A little maintenance can see your white teeth last for years.
Can It Help Me?
You have plenty to think about this holiday season. You need to buy gifts and plan trips and organize about 20 other things. Shouldn’t the last thing on your mind be your smile? We want you to relax and enjoy the holidays with confidence this year, and your cosmetic dentist in Waco, TX can help you do just that. If you think teeth whitening is just what your smile needs to look fantastic this year, make an appointment with us today.