Although beauty standards are not always the same between people of different ages and cultures, dentist Jason Keefe of 5 Mile Smiles has found at least one commonality amongst all his patients: they all want whiter teeth. In order to help his patients achieve the bright smiles they desire, Dr. Keefe makes the following suggestions:
Brush Your Teeth
It may be an obvious place to start, but let’s not undervalue how important oral hygiene is to keep your teeth sparkling and white. Regular brushing — which can be amplified with a whitening toothpaste — will help prevent your teeth from yellowing over time.
Professional Teeth Whitening
In-office whitening is one of the most effective ways to brighten your smile. Lay back in our dental chair for approximately an hour, and we will use special bleach and blue light technology to make your teeth about eight shades whiter, with results that should last for at least a year.
For patients with less time to spare, we also provide take-home whitening kits. These kits have been endorsed by our dental office, and you can expect them to be more effective than the average bleaching product you can purchase at your local store. Using customized whitening trays that fit your specific mouth, you will be pleasantly surprised by their effectiveness.
This painless procedure that involves putting resin on the surface of your teeth can be used to correct any number of flaws on your teeth including the color. Dental bonding is a great way to cover up a few teeth that are discolored to match the rest of your mouth, though some patients may opt for bonding on all of their teeth to achieve the white look they want.
For patients who want the whitest teeth possible, the best way to achieve that may be to attach a set of porcelain covers to the front of your real teeth. With veneers, you can pick out the precise size, shape and shade of teeth you have always dreamed of for your ideal smile. With proper care, this new smile can last about 10 to 15 years.
5 Mile Smiles also offers Lumineers, which are less invasive alternative to veneers. During a consultation, Dr. Keefe would be glad to discuss the pros and cons of both options with you.
Visit Us for a Whiter Smile
At 5 Mile Smiles, we strive to give you not only an attractive smile, but a healthy smile too. To book an appointment to help beautify your mouth, please call us at (509) 326-2621.