Missing Teeth: Replacing Them is Easier Than Ever

I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!

3 Teeth Whitening Options

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Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures because it is effective and affordable. Dingy teeth from years of wine, coffee, soda and normal wear and tear affect self-esteem, but teeth whitening leaves your teeth bright, white and youthful. If you want to know more about teeth whitening, check out these three popular options.

Over-the-Counter Products

There are many over-the-counter tooth whitening products you can buy at a pharmacy or grocery store. They are the more affordable option, but prices vary from $12 to $60. Over-the-counter products include gels, trays and strips, but choosing the right product can be hit or miss. While some products are incredible at slowly improving the shade of your smile, some may be completely ineffective. Whichever product you choose, the change will be gradual. More expensive products tend to be better quality and work better.

In-Office Whitening

The most expensive option is in-office whitening, which costs about $650 per treatment. For that price, however, you get the most effective tooth whitening treatment. The gel penetrates deeper, which creates quick results. In fact, in some cases you may only need one session to get the shade you desire. Because the gel is stronger, it can make your teeth sensitive for some time after treatment. In-office whitening, however, won't last forever. Your teeth are still susceptible to stains, so if you don't avoid stain-causing foods or drinks, you may need another treatment sooner rather than later.

Professional Home Trays

In the middle of the spectrum are professional home trays. They work like over-the-counter trays. You wear them for a certain amount of time each day for a specific length of time until the desired shade is reached. This is more affordable than in-office whitening, but it is still effective. However, the process isn't immediate, so if you're whitening your teeth for a special event, you'll need to start whitening early. Your dentist will work with you to create a treatment plan that gets your teeth white fast without causing sensitivity.

While eating and drinking certain foods and beverages can worsen stains, teeth tend to dull overtime, so anyone can benefit from teeth whitening. Luckily, with so many treatment options, you can find one that works for you. Whether you just want to improve your teeth a few shades or several, tooth whitening is a great option. For more information, contact a local cosmetic dentist, like one from The Family Dentist, in your area today. 


24 January 2018