The holiday season is now in full swing. Between Thursday and upcoming celebrations you will be interacting with friends and family, some of which you haven’t seen in a long time. Of course, you want to look your best and make a great impression. To do this, you may want a brighter smile. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to brighten your smile for the holidays.
Frequently Asked Questions About Brightening Your Smile
Question: Do I need teeth whitening?
Answer: One of the more common options for removing teeth stains involves professional whitening. Using the KoR system, we begin with an initial office treatment. The patient then returns home with a custom-made set of trays and a bleaching gel. Each day the patient wears the gel-filled trays for the amount of time the doctor recommends. After about one to two weeks the patient returns for a final office treatment.
Question: How do porcelain veneers work?
Answer: If you have severe discoloration that doesn’t respond to traditional whitening techniques then you may need a restoration. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed over the front of the teeth. They mask stains and change the appearance of the tooth, addressing multiple cosmetic issues in as little as two visits.
Question: What causes teeth stains?
Answer: Teeth stains can develop for a variety of reasons, including smoking or tobacco use, age, drinks with staining agents (soda, tea, red wine, coffee), over exposure to fluoride, and injury to the teeth. The treatment we recommend will depend on the cause of your discoloration.
Question: Can I prevent them?
Answer: You can definitely help reduce the severity of future stains with the right steps. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. You also need to see your dentist about once every six months for a thorough dental cleaning.