How To Whiten Teeth For An Extra Bright Smile

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At your Oklahoma City dentist, we want you to feel confident about your beautiful smile. One quick and easy way to upgrade that grin is with tooth whitening. 


Tooth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that can help remove stains and discoloration from your teeth, leaving them looking brighter and more attractive. Whether you’re looking to boost your poise in social situations or give a little extra sparkle to your overall appearance, professional tooth whitening can be an effective solution. 


Why Do Teeth Get Discolored?


We don’t need to go too far into the details, but it does help to know a little about how teeth become discolored in the first place. 


Surface stains are a buildup of pigmentation on tooth enamel from environmental factors like smoking or drinking coffee. (Other common culprits include tea, red wine, or eating a lot of blueberries, etc.) Most over-the-counter treatments, like whitening toothpaste, scrub away some of these surface stains.


Intrinsic stains originate underneath the surface of the tooth enamel. These can be caused by certain medical conditions or medications.


Everyone’s teeth get a little yellower with advanced age as the enamel thins.


Zoom Whitening at Your Dentist, Oklahoma City


Simply put, the fastest and most effective whitening is available in-office at your dentist. Uptown Oklahoma City’s 23rd Street Dental is pleased to offer Zoom Whitening. 


Zoom Whitening is a professional teeth whitening system that uses a gel and specialized light to break down and remove stains on the teeth. The procedure typically takes about an hour to complete and can significantly improve the color of your teeth in just one visit.


Only some people are good candidates for Zoom Whitening. At your next appointment, our team will be able to examine your teeth and determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs. This may include a customized whitening plan and recommendations for maintaining your new, bright smile.


Dental Whitening at Home: Professional Tray-Based Whitening


Another perk of professional tooth whitening is the specialized products and equipment. Whitening kits you buy at the store may not be as effective as those used in a dental office, and they may also cause sensitivity or other side effects. At 23rd Street Dental, we offer same-day take-home whitening. Ask at your exam if you’re a good candidate for this easy and affordable option.


Whitening Pros and Cons


Whitening at home:

  • Typically more affordable than professional teeth whitening at a dentist’s office
  • Allows for more flexibility and convenience, as you can do it on your schedule
  • May not be as effective as professional teeth whitening
  • Can cause increased tooth sensitivity and may not be suitable for everyone
  • May not be as safe as professional teeth whitening, as it is not supervised by a dentist


Whitening at a dentist’s office:

  • More effective, using professional know-how and more potent products
  • Supervised by a dentist, so it is considered safer
  • Can be customized to the individual’s needs
  • More expensive than at-home teeth whitening
  • May cause tooth sensitivity


Things to remember:

Only your natural teeth can be whitened, not restorations like crowns and dental implants. Patients with fewer cavities and crowns are better candidates for whitening. And tooth whitening is appropriate for adults, not kids or teens.


Feel Confident in Your Smile. Your Oklahoma City Dentist Can Help.


Tooth whitening is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of your teeth and boost your confidence. A dentist can help you achieve your desired level of whiteness by providing professional teeth whitening treatments, such as in-office bleaching or take-home whitening kits. We can also advise you on the best whitening products for your specific needs.

If you’re considering tooth whitening, make an appointment with your Oklahoma City dentist to discuss your options. Haz tu cita hoy! Don’t wait any longer to get the bright, white smile you’ve always wanted.

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