The natural aging process along with tobacco products and certain foods and beverages that stain enamel can cause your teeth to turn yellow or discolor over time. By whitening your teeth, you can create a beautiful smile that brightens your appearance and increases your self-confidence.
Teeth whitening offers a minimally invasive way to lighten your teeth by several shades and significantly improve your smile. The procedure addresses discoloration and yellowing of the teeth that often occurs over time from food and beverage stains, tobacco stains and aging. Teeth whitening is a simple, affordable way to supercharge your smile and improve your appearance. Whiter teeth can make you look healthier, younger and more vibrant, especially as you get older.
Many people try DIY teeth whitening treatments to save money. There’s a variety of DIY treatments on the market, but some of the popular “quick fix” treatments, although effective at first glance, can cause permanent damage to your teeth. Professional teeth whitening treatments will cost more, but they are best for long-lasting results. In many cases, the results of teeth whitening can last from six months to two years. To prolong the process, try to avoid excessive consumption of coffee, tea, red wine and foods like blueberries and blackberries that can stain your teeth. If you smoke, giving up cigarettes and other tobacco products will keep your teeth whiter for a longer period of time.
Once you whiten your teeth, it’s important to maintain good dental health by taking proper care of your teeth. Regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups, and occasional teeth whitening touch-up treatments will prolong whiter teeth.
Getting a Smile Makeover
Many patients opt for a smile makeover, rather than basic teeth whitening procedures. A smile makeover addresses a variety of concerns and involves the combination of multiple cosmetic dentistry treatments. The results and the costs associated with a smile makeover can vary from patient to patient due to certain factors that include:
* The combination of procedures used for your treatment plan
* The location of the affected teeth
* Necessary laboratory costs
* Any sedation dentistry procedures used
During the consultation process, your dentist will review your smile makeover options in detail, allowing you to make an educated decision about your teeth and gums. Once the details are worked out, your dentist will create a customized treatment plan for your smile makeover and discuss your procedures, costs and payment options.
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