When you want brighter teeth, tooth whitening treatment is probably the first thing that comes to mind. If you go to a drugstore, they have whitening products all over the shelves. But if you want quality whitening that’s going to last, professional is the way to go. Dr. Mark Sowell, a cosmetic dentist in Plano, TX, highlights the ways you can get a whiter smile at your dental practice.
1. Teeth Whitening at the Dentist
Professional teeth whitening is obviously the first way you can get a whiter smile at a dental practice. We offer options for both in-office and take-home teeth whitening. In our office, we use Zoom! teeth whitening to give you the ideal results in the shortest amount of time.
With Zoom! you can get your smile whitened on your lunch hour. We protect your gums and soft tissue from the gel before painting it on your teeth. You can see results up to eight shades whiter in one session!
Take-home whitening utilizes personalized whitening trays that are designed for your smile. The whitening gel is spread in them and you wear them for a certain number of hours each evening. This offers you a gradual way to get a whiter smile in the comfort of your own home.
2. Porcelain Veneers
Not all staining can be taken care of with traditional teeth whitening techniques. Staining caused by something like medication often needs something more intensive. Porcelain veneers are ideal because they cover the full front and sides of your tooth.
They’re made of a thin shell of dental porcelain and can be color-matched to the shade of white you want your smile to be. They give you a designer smile and can take care of other problems, like chipped or misshapen teeth as well.
3. Dental Bonding
If you’re on a budget or looking for a more temporary solution, dental bonding is ideal. The bonding material is made of a malleable composite resin that can be color-matched like veneers. Dr. Sowell will mold the bonding material so that it matches the shape of your tooth. The material is hardened and polished so that it matches the sheen of the rest of your teeth.
While porcelain veneers can last 15 years or longer, bonding usually lasts up to ten years. It takes care of many of the same issues that veneers can but is more cost-effective.
Whitening Your Smile With Your Plano, Texas Cosmetic Dentist
During a cosmetic consultation, we’ll determine the best whitening option for your smile. We consider your current teeth, cosmetic goals, and budget to make sure the option is tailored just for you. Call us or schedule your complimentary consultation online today.