How Can I Improve My Smile?

Having a healthy, attractive smile is more important than ever.  Not only can a beautiful smile increase your self-esteem, but the simple act of smiling actually benefits the immune system. Growing research shows that when you smile, your body becomes more relaxed and your immune system works more effectively.  Yes, it’s important to feel confident about smiling big and smiling often.

What causes discoloration?

One of the most common concerns our patients ask us about is the discoloration of their teeth.  As we age, our teeth often become progressively less white or bright – discolored. There are many causes including internal factors as genetics, high levels of fluoride, tetracycline, antibiotics, tooth decay, root canals, or even teeth trauma.  The good news is external tooth discoloration is often a result of specific foods, beverages, and tobacco products – and there are great treatments available.

What’s the best way to whiten teeth?

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Your dentist is always the best option when dealing with whitening solutions in a safe manner.  Midlothian dentists, Dr. Vacca and his dental team are equipped to safely whiten your teeth while addressing any issues that may arise such as tooth sensitivity. If you maintain regular brushing and follow proper care recommendations, your teeth whitening solution can last for over a year and often, longer.  How quickly can this be done? It’s possible to brighten your teeth several shades within an hour.

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Solutions

Whitening strips are one of the most common over-the-counter solutions you’ll find today on the market. Other options include whitening toothpaste, chewing gum and mouth trays (with gel). In many cases, it may appear safe to use these products, however it’s always a good idea to consult with your dentist first.  Expert advice from your Dr. Vacca or his dental team of professionals is definitely the best strategy for brightening your smile.