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How Can You Get a Whiter Smile?

A Whiter Smile
You've tried at-home whitening, you've thought about replacement and you’re still looking for a way to get a bright, pearly smile. There are several different options when it comes to whitening your teeth and improving your smile.
If the DIY-whitening fixes haven't done much to help, your dentist has stronger solutions that often offer a more permanent cosmetic change. Whether the enamel has worn thin or you have stains from eating, drinking and smoking, you can go from dull and damaged to bright and white — with the help of your dentist, of course.
What whitening options do the pros have that you don't? Take a look at the in-office processes and procedures that can whiten and brighten your smile.

Professional Whitening

You've probably seen the many different at-home whitening options advertised in stores and online. Maybe you've even tried a few out for yourself. There are whitening pastes that you use in place of or along with your regular fluoride toothpaste. These can scrub surfaces stains away, but they won't get rid of deep-down discoloration or make your teeth multiple shades whiter.

At-home bleaching kits and whitening strips tend to work better than pastes when it comes to getting a bright smile. However, it takes time to see results, and they aren't as effective as the whitening products your dentist uses.

Dental-office whitening is stronger than what you can safely use at home. Keep in mind, the word "safely" is key here. Over-the-counter whitening products that claim to have the same strength as an in-office treatment is serious stuff.

Dentists have the training and experience necessary to effectively use higher strength whiteners. Don't risk ruining your teeth by using a professional-grade, at-home option. Instead, visit your dentist. The pros know what they're doing and can give you a whiter smile in a few easy visits.

Dental Veneers

Sometimes whitening just won't do it. You want a uniformly bright smile and want to add a layer of strength to your teeth. Veneers are ideal for patients who want brighter teeth and need minor fixes, such as evening out a mildly chipped tooth or changing the shape of your teeth.

Veneers are typically made from porcelain and are considered a permanent fix. Even though you may need to replace them over time, these thin covers for your teeth are put in place by a dentist and are not removable — at least, not by you. The dentist will need to remove a layer of enamel to make the veneers fit. This means that you most likely won't have the option to go without veneers in the future.

Along with the cosmetic benefits of veneers, they add strength to your teeth and may keep them looking bright and white much longer than your natural teeth. The material that veneers are made from is stain-resistant and won't discolor in the same way that your real teeth do.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns aren't easy, everyday options for whitening your teeth. However, if you have severely discolored teeth due to injury, chipping, cracking or breaking, crowns may be the best option.
All-ceramic or porcelain crowns look just like your real teeth, but whiter. If you're in danger of losing your tooth or the damage is too severe for the dentist to easily repair, a crown can complete your smile and give your face a fresh look.
Do you need a professional-level whitening option? Call the Eastland Dental Center & Professional Dental Center to schedule a dental appointment. Our dental professionals have the necessary training to transform your smile and ensure that your teeth are clean and healthy.