As much as you follow all the rules for at-home dental care, and go to your regular check-ups, you may still be wanting more from your smile. If you have been thinking about teeth whitening, then you should know there are four different ways your dentist can help you.
1 – At-Home Teeth Whitening
A take-home kit from your dentist will be specially formulated for your needs. Unlike whitening toothpaste or kits you can buy from the chemist, at home whitening from your dentist is personalised and effective. Your dentist will take a mould of your teeth and create a mouthguard-like set of moulds for you to take home. They will then provide you with the level of bleach suited to your teeth and the level of whiteness you want to achieve.
2 – Zoom
Zoom teeth whitening is done at your dentist’s office. A hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to your teeth, and the Zoom whitening laser lamp is then used to whiten your teeth. The process takes less than an hour. You should see the results immediately but you may require a follow-up treatment to achieve the level of whiteness you desire. Be aware of the risk to your surrounding lips and gums from the laser light used.
3 – Boost
Boost is also conducted by your dentist in their office. The Boost system uses a hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel to remove the stains and discolouration on your teeth. Without a light or laser, Boost needs to set on your teeth for several hours to be effective. This makes the results of Boost more permanent than those of Zoom. However, using Boost does put you at risk of tooth sensitivity, if the gel is left on too long.
4 – Veneers
If the discolouration in your teeth can’t be removed using bleach, you may need to consider porcelain veneers. A very small part of the front of your tooth is removed to make room for the application of the veneer. This makes veneers a natural-looking solution to a perfect smile. Veneers will also remain stain-free and are very strong. They’ll be checked for any damage or wear and tear at your regular dentist appointments.