Saint Charles Dentist Creates Pearly Whites for the Holidays

HolidayPartySmThere are many teeth whitening options on the market today. It is important to become educated on the differences between these products and how they can be used both safely and effectively. If you are hoping for a pearly white smile that’s just in time for the holidays, start by reaching out to a Saint Charles dentist for help in selecting the best whitening choice for you.

Whitening toothpastes and rinses are easy to use and are easily found in stores or online. These toothpastes usually contain an abrasive agent which works well to remove surface stains from coffee, tea, wine, dark soft drinks, and berries. The mouthwashes often contain hydrogen peroxide and are used prior to brushing to help break up stain that can then be removed by a toothbrush when brushing. Many of these rinses also contain fluoride to prevent tooth decay as well as freshen your breath.

Gels and whitening strips are also great options for brightening your smile. These products also contain the active ingredient hydrogen peroxide. Gels are applied with a small brush directly to the enamel of the teeth. Whitening strips are a thin, one size fits all, plastic strip that is placed on the lower and upper teeth and worn for a short period of time depending on the concentration of the peroxide.

Whitening trays are usually made at the dentist office. Trays are made by taking impressions of your top and lower teeth. Because of this, they are a great option because they fit your mouth precisely. You are able to carefully control the amount of bleaching agent applied to the trays therefore preventing gum soreness and limiting tooth sensitivity.

Some dental offices are now offering same-day whitening. This type of whitening will give you a quick result usually within an hour of being in the dental chair. All of these options will need to be repeated every 3-4 months in order to maintain their results.

If you are interested in whitening your teeth for the holidays, please contact your Saint Charles dentist today. You will receive the help you that is necessary to make the right decision for your teeth and smile.