You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t want a bright, radiant smile. Unfortunately, due to a range of causes — from diet to lifestyle choices to genetics — many of us aren’t thrilled about the hue of our teeth. This can lead to a lack of self-confidence, which could then cause us to limit others’ exposure to our natural smile. Feeling like you need to hide your teeth is sad, but luckily, there are solutions. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about teeth whitening and other options for improving the look of your smile.
Professional Teeth Whitening
As you are surely aware, there are numerous items that tout their teeth-whitening abilities. Many of these can be found at pharmacies and grocery stores, but their true functionality is lacking; they rarely provide notable results. On the other hand, professional teeth whitening — provided by your dentist — actually does work! At our practice, we provide two options: in-office and take-home. We use Zoom for the former option and it can be completed in as little as an hour. For this, we apply a gel solution to your teeth and use a special light to activate its whitening abilities. Soon, your stains will be broken up and by the time you leave, your smile will be noticeably brighter!
If you would prefer to undergo professional whitening at home, we can provide you with Opalescence®, which consists of custom trays that are fitted to your unique smile. We also give you a whitening gel that you fill the trays and wear for about 30 minutes each day. In roughly a week or two, your smile will be significantly more radiant!
What About More Stubborn Stains?
Professional teeth whitening addresses what are known as extrinsic stains, or those near the surface of your enamel. However, there are also intrinsic stains that reside deeper into your teeth. Whitening doesn’t always remove these, but we can also cover up your teeth with porcelain veneers. These are thin, durable shells that fit over your teeth and not only cover up intrinsic stains but can also minimize gaps between teeth and generally alter the overall appearance of your smile. They are one of the most comprehensive cosmetic solutions and can completely change the look of your teeth. Whenever you come in to visit us, be sure to ask about all these options, as we can meet your unique needs and desires.
Contact Us To Learn More About Teeth Whitening
We want you to feel confident in how your smile looks, and we are here to help! If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, you can reach out by contacting your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.