Teeth Whitening: Start the Summer Off with a Brighter Smile

Teeth Whitening: Start the Summer Off with a Brighter Smile

Summer is synonymous with fun-filled activities with friends and family, such as vacations and get-togethers to celebrate holidays and more. If you’re like many of us, not only are you making plans but you’re thinking a lot about how you can get summer-ready. No matter where your summer takes you, there are sure to be plenty of photos. If a less-than-perfect smile has you shying away from the camera or laughing behind your hand, start your summer off with teeth whitening for a brighter, picture-ready smile!

Do you need teeth whitening?

There are a number of reasons why your teeth may look dull or discolored. Smiles taking on a grayish hue is actually a normal sign of aging, but the more likely culprits for yellow or brown teeth are probably hiding in your home. Coffee, tea, soda, red wine, and some foods are harmful to the enamel, the visible outer casing of your teeth, causing them to become stained or discolored. Other causes of tooth discoloration that go deeper into the inner structure of the tooth, its dentin, are smoking, some antibiotics, dental trauma, poor oral hygiene, and even pregnancy.

At Sac Dentist in Sacramento, California, we can determine if your teeth need whitening by looking at them, but the most important thing to consider is how you feel wearing your smile. If you hide your smile, feel unhappy with the way it looks, or wish your teeth could be brighter, it’s time to talk to Dr. Michael Hinh about teeth whitening.

Over-the-counter vs. professional teeth whitening

When it comes to whitening your teeth, an overwhelming number of options are available to you. Walk into most any drugstore and you find rows of products claiming they can whiten your teeth. While some of these over-the-counter products can help give your teeth a whiter appearance, the results can never compare to those of professional teeth whitening.

Professional teeth whitening uses stronger formulas designed to restore beauty to the smile by addressing more than just the surface enamel of the teeth. While an over-the-counter whitening solution can lighten minor stains on the outer layer of the teeth, they can’t go any deeper or even correct darker stains or discoloration.

At Sac Dentist, the teeth whitening formulas used with our custom-made take-home trays are stronger and can leave you with a much more satisfying, aesthetically pleasing smile.

What to expect with professional teeth whitening

The custom-made trays are designed to fit the shape and contour of your smile so they’re comfortable to wear and effectively cover your teeth while protecting your gums from the whitening formula. Over-the-counter solutions can leave your gums irritated. Our take-home trays are made from an impression of your teeth, and once they’re made you’re given instructions on how to use your whitening serum and trays in the comfort of your own home to achieve the best possible results.

Typically, you wear the trays with the whitening solution for an amount of time determined by your goals and the strength of the formula. Some sensitivity is normal with any teeth whitening, but contact our team if your teeth become uncomfortable at any time. Once you’re done with your teeth whitening, you should have a beautiful, bright, white smile that’s ready for anything this summer!

Dr. Hinh is an experienced cosmetic dentist trained in smile aesthetics and he and our team are here to help you find confidence in your smile. If you’re thinking about teeth whitening, schedule a consultation today to discuss your smile needs and goals to see if professional teeth whitening is right for you!

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