In our last blog, we talked about the misconceptions about whitening gum and toothpaste, and this week we’re talking about being honest with yourself and your dentist. If you’re considering getting your teeth whitened, you shouldn’t be embarrassed. White teeth are on our TV screens, our movie posters, and all over Instagram. According to a recent poll, as many as 80% of Americans wish they had whiter teeth.

But if you’re thinking about taking your teeth up a few shades with a professional whitening treatment, there are a few questions you should ask yourself first.

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Is Whitening Enough?

Maybe you’re completely happy with your teeth in all other ways, and all they need is a brighter tone. If that’s true, professional whitening might be the best option for you. But if your teeth have other cosmetic imperfections that bother you, you may want to consider a treatment that tackles more of your concerns.

For example, if you also have teeth that are poorly shaped, chipped, undersized, or crooked, you could kill two birds with one stone by making the leap to porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin but durable facades of advanced ceramics that can easily change the appearance of your teeth. When you see that a celebrity got a full smile makeover, porcelain veneers are usually the culprit. They can solve nearly any cosmetic problem — and best of all, they can solve multiple at once!

Will Whitening Work?

If your teeth are stained from things like drinking red wine, having a coffee habit, or using nicotine products, whitening can wipe away the resultant discoloration, leaving your teeth nice and bright. But if your discoloration is a result of other causes, teeth whitening may have little to no effect. Whitening removes discoloration to let the natural color of your enamel show through. For example, if you’ve always had darker teeth thanks to thin or defective enamel or unusually dark dentin, whitening the outer surface of your teeth won’t do anything. Your dentist can help you pinpoint the cause of your discoloration and recommend the best possible solution for it.

At the Corpus Christi Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we like to whiten one arch of your teeth at a time so that you can see the results better by comparing the whitened teeth with the unwhitened teeth.

Where Should I Go?

Despite the dozens of at-home whitening products on the shelves at your local drugstore, your best bet for an effective, safe, and long-lasting whitening job is to visit a cosmetic dentist. Not only do DIY whitening treatments offer lackluster results in most cases, they can also result in uneven whitening if misapplied, and can even cause damage to your teeth and gums if you’re not careful. Cosmetic dentist are professional trained to provide the safest and most effective treatments available to you, and they also offer the option to combine an in-office treatment with a take-home treatment, which can make your results even more dramatic.

If you want to learn what is the best teeth whitening in Corpus Christi for you, please call the Corpus Christi Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at (361) 851-8274 today for an appointment.