Funny couple laughing with a white perfect smileIf you live in Mckinney or the local area, you can benefit from a teeth whitening procedure at our local dental office. At R. Ben Alexander, DDS, we are known for improving the appearance of our patients’ smiles. Dr. Alexander is a cosmetic dentist and loves to enhance the appearance of teeth. We often recommend a teeth bleaching procedure because it is by far the easiest way to transform your smile. After cleaning your teeth, we can complete this procedure in time for a special event or as part of your regular oral health routine. Be aware that overusing bleaching products can lead to “bleachorexia”. Dentists have coined this term to describe people who overuse in-store bleaching which can lead to the destruction of enamel and dentin, turning the teeth to mush.

Over-the-Counter Whitening

There are several types of teeth bleaching that you can try. One option is whitening your teeth at home with over-the-counter products. This can help to brighten your teeth but is typically not usually strong enough to dramatically whiten them. Remember, these products also may not fit your teeth leading to uneven whitening or sensitivity. Another option is to use whitening toothpaste with fluoride to keep your smile white and healthy.

In-Office Whitening

in office whiteningFor the most dramatic and effective whitening results, we recommend that patients, schedule a teeth whitening appointment with Dr. Alexander. Our professional tooth whitening solutions can transform the appearance of your teeth in a dynamic way. This is partially due to the strength of the solution that we use. Professional grade whitening gel can whiten teeth by eight shades or more vs. around two shades with store-bought solutions. If you are looking for immediate and dramatic results, in-office whitening is a far better option than over-the-counter products.

At-Home Whitening

If you want prescription strength whitening gel with custom fit trays, but you want to whiten your teeth at home, R. Ben Alexander, DDS recommends whitening trays. This type of procedure is effective and puts patients in control over how white their teeth become and how often they are whitened. First, Dr. Alexander takes an impression of the patient’s teeth. This impression is then used to create customized whitening trays in a dental lab. Trays should be worn for a couple of hours every night for a week or more. Once teeth have reached the perfect shade of white, a patient can stop wearing the trays. This portable solution can be taken anywhere, making it possible for people to whiten teeth while on vacation, business trips, or after moving to a new city.

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