There’s More Than One Way to Whiten Your Smile

Having a set of bright white teeth can make a big difference in your self-confidence. Luckily, there are several ways to whiten your smile, and we’re here to explore some of the most effective methods. 

Call us today at 503-809-4742 to schedule a consultation in Portland, OR. We’ll determine which method will work best for you, given the condition of your teeth, your lifestyle, and your budget. In the meantime, check out some of your options. 

Professional Teeth Whitening Works Great for Many Smiles

Professional teeth whitening can help remove many kinds of stains and discoloration. Dr. Kaady can provide you with professional-strength gel you’ll use at home. Your results will be brighter than what you can get from drugstore products. That’s because professional solutions contain a higher concentration of whitening ingredients. Since the change is gradual, you can control how white your teeth get. If you have any concerns or questions, our team is just a phone call away. 

To maintain your bright results, see us regularly for cleanings. We can polish away some surface stains. Brush and floss daily. Try to cut back on staining foods and drinks. Rinse your mouth out with water after you consume them. 

For Longer-Lasting Results, Try Veneers or Bonding

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive solution to address not only tooth discoloration but also minor imperfections, veneers may be your answer. These thin, custom-made shells are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They can cover up stains, chips, gaps, and misshapen teeth. Veneers provide long-lasting, natural-looking results. With proper care, they can easily last a decade – and sometimes years longer than that. 

Dental bonding is a more affordable option than veneers. For this procedure, your dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin material to your teeth. He then sculpts it, so your teeth blend in well with the rest of your smile. Finally, the material is cured with a special light and polished. Dental bonding can often be completed in a single appointment, depending on how many teeth are involved. While it costs less than veneers, your results won’t last as long. Compared to veneers, bonding is also more prone to staining and damage like chips. 

Crowns May Be Best Option for Damaged Teeth 

For teeth that are severely discolored, damaged, or weakened, dental crowns may be the best option. Crowns are custom-made, tooth-shaped caps that fit over the affected teeth, restoring their strength and appearance. With modern materials, such as porcelain or ceramic, dental crowns can be crafted to match the shade of your surrounding teeth. Like veneers, they will last a long time with proper care. 

Cosmetic ‘Tricks’ Can Help If You Don’t Have Time for Treatment

What if you don’t have time for any dental procedures? Luckily, there are some simple yet effective ways to make your teeth appear whiter. Check out our suggestions:

  • Choose the Right Lipstick – Believe it or not, the color of your lipstick plays a significant role in how your teeth look. Choose shades with blue undertones, such as cool-toned pinks, berry hues, or classic reds, to make your teeth appear whiter. On the other hand, lipstick with yellow or orange undertones can accentuate any existing discoloration.
  • Experiment With Makeup Techniques – Makeup can contribute to the illusion of whiter teeth. For instance, using a bronzer or contouring powder slightly darker than your skin tone along your jawline can create a subtle shadow effect that brings attention to your teeth. Similarly, a hint of blush on your cheeks can add warmth to your complexion, making your teeth appear brighter in comparison.
  • Wear Darker Colors – The colors you wear can also have an impact on how white your teeth look. Darker shades, like deep blues, rich purples, and classic blacks, create a contrast against your teeth, making them appear brighter. By strategically choosing your clothing colors, you can enhance your smile’s appearance and make your teeth stand out in all the right ways.

Ready to whiten your smile? Call Bridgetown Dental at 503-809-4742. Or you can make an appointment online.