There are many reasons to smile during the summer months, but even as the season draws to a close, there are still plenty of reasons that your smile should remain as bright as ever. This time of year welcomes a different routine and structure to our day and has us looking forward to the crisp, coolness and changing colors of the upcoming months followed by the holidays that are not long behind.
If you’re looking for a reason to really smile during this time of year, consider having your teeth whitened. While there are many options available to enhance the hue of your pearly whites, nothing is as convenient or as effective as a laser teeth whitening treatment. With just one quick visit to your dentist’s office, you can dramatically change the brightness of your teeth, allowing you to retain your summer glow long past Labor Day weekend.
Laser teeth whitening is a simple and painless cosmetic dental procedure that can be performed in just about an hour or less. During the procedure, your dentist first thoroughly cleans your teeth to remove any plaque, tartar or easily-removed surface stains. Your gums are then protected before a light-activated whitening agent is applied to the exterior enamel surfaces of your teeth. Once that is done, a laser is used to activate the whitening agent on your teeth, allowing them to be whitened by multiple shades in just a matter of minutes. You walk out of the dentist’s office with noticeably whiter and brighter teeth that leave you with a glowing smile.
The primary benefit to laser tooth whitening is that it can provide the most significant color change of tooth enamel in the fastest amount of time. However, this is also often the priciest option for brightening your teeth. There are also other whitening options that you can consider, although each will have varying levels of effectiveness and convenience.
One option that is almost as effective as the laser treatment is a professional teeth whitening kit that you take home from your dentist’s office to use on your own. This option provides a stronger concentration of whitening agents than anything you can buy over-the-counter but it does still leave you with a lot of work to do, since mouthguards filled with the whitening agent must be consistently worn over a period of time in order to provide the desired results.
If you just need a slight boost of brightness and aren’t looking to make a major investment in your smile, there are a multitude of over-the-counter options available, including strips, toothpastes and rinses. While these are all substantially less expensive than anything offered by your dentist, the results will also be substantially less impressive. For some, the slight boost in brightness is enough, but many are left unsatisfied with the results.
As the seasons change, life in general tends to shift focus. If you’re looking for a way to continue that summer glow or to reward yourself with a pick-me-up that’s sure to enhance your smile, consider a laser teeth whitening procedure or other whitening option to provide you with that boost of brightness you are longing for.
For more information about laser teeth whitening and other tooth whitening options, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.