You may have seen the latest Teeth Brightening filter on TikTok and thought, “Hey! That looks great!” But how do we achieve this bright white smile IRL? That’s where we come in!
Step 1: Brush & Floss Your Teeth Regularly
First things first, to achieve a brighter smile, you must be consistently flossing and brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. We mean it! Flossing on a regular basis is scientifically proven to prevent cavities, gum disease, and improve your oral health. So it makes sense that brushing and flossing on a regular basis would improve the discoloration of yellowed teeth and allow for a more radiant smile.
Step 2: Consult Your Dentist About Teeth Whitening Products
Next, scheduling an appointment with your dentist every 6 months is a necessity. Before you can begin using any type of whitening product, you should consult a professional to see if your teeth can handle this treatment. Some people have more tooth sensitivity to teeth whitening products than others. It’s a great way to confirm that this is the best route for your dental journey.
Your dentist may recommend other cosmetic dentistry options to customize your treatment & achieve these whitening results. These could include porcelain veneers, dental implants, or even cosmetic bonding.
Step 3: Choose A Teeth Whitening Product
If your dentist agrees that teeth whitening is a safe option, the next steps are to weigh the pros and cons of different teeth whitening products or treatments on the market. There are thousands of options to choose from. Whitening strips, whitening gels, whitening toothpaste, and even in-house professional teeth whitening systems like Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening.
Here are some tips on choosing the right teeth whitening product for you:
- How sensitive are your teeth to cold? If you answered extremely, you may want to find a teeth whitening system with a lower percentage of hydrogen peroxide or ones that use baking soda or xylitol. It may take longer to whiten your smile but will not be as sensitive to your teeth.
- How fast do you want results? If you answered immediately, you will want to ask your dentist for their in-house whitening systems. Typically a Zoom Whitening Treatment at our office takes less than 2 hours and you emerge with a brighter, whiter smile! This is great for those looking for instant gratification or preparing for a big event (wedding, photoshoot, etc).
- Do you want to whiten at home? Dental whitening trays and strips are available over-the-counter. However, if you want a more customized fit with less agitation on your gum line, we recommend custom whitening trays created by your dental office.
Finally, select the teeth whitening product that best fits your needs, smile brighter, and never need a TikTok filter again!
We hope this guide to a brighter healthy smile was helpful. If you are in the North Carolina area and searching for a dentist that offers teeth whitening near you, contact Lane & Associates Family Dentistry today! With over 40 locations across NC, nearly 18 dental insurances accepted, and Free Teeth Whitening for qualifying patients, we can help you on your way to a brighter smile today!