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Which Teeth Whitening Method Is Right for Me?

Pregnancy and Dental Health

If your teeth are dingy or discolored, you’re probably interested in brightening them. And why wouldn’t you be? Nearly everyone agrees a white smile looks great. Ninety-six percent of respondents to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey said a white smile makes people more attractive.

For the best results, you’ll want to use the right teeth whitening method. You have two choices at Douglas A. Callow, DDS, one of which will be right for your smile.

We’ve provided some information here that may help you make your decision. To find out more, call our office at 734-404-7336. You can schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Callow, who will be happy to answer all of your questions.

The Right Teeth Whitening Method Is Waiting

Two of the biggest factors you’ll want to consider are cost and effectiveness. But there are other factors to consider too, like:

  • Why Your Teeth Are Discolored – Some discoloration responds well to teeth whitening treatments, while others do not.
  • The Condition of Your Teeth – If your teeth have other cosmetic flaws, you may want to consider a solution that can solve some of your other problems too.
  • Frequency of Treatment – You may not mind treatments that need to be regularly repeated. If you do, you may prefer a more permanent solution.

Try the Most Conservative Teeth Whitening Method First

For many patients, it often makes sense to first try our most conservative – and least costly –  teeth whitening method first. We’ll provide you with professional-strength bleaching gel to use at home. We’ll also use impressions of your teeth to make you a set of custom-made whitening trays. The trays will perfectly fit your teeth, so you’ll be able to get complete coverage and won’t have to struggle with messy strips.

Maybe you’re wondering why you should use our product when you can buy a less expensive product at any drugstore. It’s a case of getting what you pay for! Drugstore products won’t get your teeth as white because they contain a lower concentration of bleaching ingredients.

Our teeth whitening products aren’t just stronger, they are:

  • Easier to Use – The custom-fit trays are the key to simple and effective application. They are durable too, so you can reuse them again and again.
  • More Predictable – We only use products we know and trust. You won’t experience any unexpected surprises!

Why You May Need a Different Teeth Whitening Method

Dr. Doug Callow may steer you to a different teeth whitening method, depending on the kind of discoloration you have. Teeth whitening usually works well on stains that only affect the outer layer of tooth enamel, called extrinsic stains. But these treatments may not do much to improve intrinsic stains, where the inside of your tooth has darkened or changed color.

Teeth whitening is also less effective if your tooth enamel is thin, which happens as you get older. Finally, certain shades just respond better to whitening treatments than others. Teeth with yellow/brown undertones are typically easier to lighten than those with green/gray tones.

Veneers Are a More Permanent Teeth Whitening Method

If you’ve got stubborn stains, dental veneers may be the right teeth whitening method for you. Veneers are thin pieces of tooth-colored material that are custom-made for you at a dental lab. We provide the lab with impressions of your teeth and other information to ensure a perfect fit. When your veneers arrive, Dr. Callow applies them to the front surfaces of your teeth. You can often get veneers in just two appointments.

While veneers are more expensive than teeth whitening treatments, the cost difference may not be as much as you think. That’s because veneers are:

  • Long Lasting – Unlike teeth whitening treatments, which must be regularly repeated to keep teeth bright, veneers are a more permanent way to address discoloration. They resist staining and should last at least a decade with proper care. Many patients wear them much longer than that!
  • Multipurpose – One of the biggest advantages of veneers is their versatility. You can use them to solve multiple smile problems with a single treatment. They’ll cover staining but also chips, cracks, gaps, and worn-down teeth.

If you want to talk to us about either teeth whitening method, call our Plymouth, MI dentist’s office today at 734-404-7336.

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