The first thing people tend to focus on when meeting you for the first time is your smile. That’s one reason why so many people look for options to keep their teeth looking great. At Mai Dentistry, we understand the impact your teeth can have on your self-confidence. For that reason, we provide our patients with several different ways to brighten their teeth, including teeth whitening kits you can take home and use at your convenience.
Is Teeth Whitening Worth the Effort?
Most people have foods they like to indulge in that may not be great for their teeth, like coffee. Over time, your teeth can start appearing yellow or stained. You may be at a point where various over-the-counter teeth whitening options don’t have much of an effect. Other factors impact the way your teeth look, including:
- Enamel erosion because of aging
- Absorbing too much fluoride
- Medication taken for an illness
- Various health issues
- Weak oral hygiene habits
- Smoking or other tobacco products
Professional teeth whitening can be a great option if you’re unhappy about your smile. That investment can pay off in a massive boost to your self-confidence.
What Are the Different Take-Home Options?
Mai Dentistry provides patients with professional-grade teeth whitening strips that you can’t purchase in stores. The thin, flexible strips come with a coating of hydrogen peroxide on one side. The kits we provide come with strips for your upper and lower teeth. Patients typically wear the teeth whitening strips for around 30 minutes per day or as directed by the dentist.
In addition to the teeth whitening strips, Mai Dentistry offers custom bleaching trays. They’re customized to fit the mouths of patients looking for a long-term whitening solution. The trays come with syringes full of bleaching gel. You insert the gel into the trays, then wear them for a specified period during the day or at night.
With bleaching trays, patients control when and how long they are worn. You can wear the trays, then take a break and come back to the solution months later. One of the benefits of using customized bleaching trays is that they stay intact as long as your teeth do not move out of place.
What Else Should I Know About Teeth Whitening?
If you have sensitive teeth, you can avoid issues by taking care with teeth-whitening products. The Mai Dentistry staff is happy to advise you on applying different teeth whitening solutions properly. However, our tooth whitening solutions can only be used on natural teeth.