Remarkable Benefits of Whiter Teeth

Your smile may be the first thing people notice, but if your teeth are dull, yellow, or stained, it may not be the impression you’re hoping to make. Amanda Darling, DDS, and our team of dental care providers at Legacy Dental Care in Ballwin, Missouri, understand and want to help.

The good news is that with today’s dental technologies, a whiter, brighter smile is accessible for almost everyone. That’s why our practice is pleased to offer multiple teeth whitening solutions to help make your less-than-white teeth a thing of the past. 

Our experts curated this guide to help explain the remarkable benefits of whiter teeth and the options you have for a brighter smile!

Benefits of whiter teeth

If you’re worried about the appearance of your teeth, you’re not alone. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that 96% of American adults believe in the power of an attractive smile, and about three-quarters feel yellow teeth and an unattractive smile hurt your chances of advancing your career. 

The good news is, today it’s easier than ever to get whiter teeth. And whiter teeth bring remarkable benefits, including:

In addition, whiter teeth and a brighter smile help you place more emphasis on your oral health. Studies show that after dental whitening, people are more likely to brush and floss regularly and maintain their regular dental check-ups. 

Options for a whiter smile

At Legacy Dental Care, we know you have options when it comes to teeth whitening. From over-the-counter (OTC) products, like whitening toothpaste, charcoal treatments, and whitening strips, to professional in-office whitening systems, it can be challenging to know which is right for you. 

Over-the-counter teeth whitening

Nearly all teeth whitening products brighten your teeth a little, but OTC whitening products are typically less effective and sometimes even dangerous to your teeth and gums. Since they’re categorized as “cosmetic,” OTC whitening products don’t require FDA approval

This means that some OTC whiteners are extremely strong and can cause damage to your teeth and gums. They can even be harmful to your overall health if accidentally ingested! 

With most OTC whiteners, the problem isn’t being “too strong,” however. Generally speaking, most OTC whiteners are much weaker than the whitening agent you’ll get from professional in-office or customized at-home teeth whitening. 

OTC whitening products also don’t often have customized trays, causing the bleaching solution to leak and sit on your gums. This can cause gum irritation and in some cases even change the color of your gums temporarily. Leaking solution also increases tooth sensitivity, making OTC whitening painful for many people. 

Professional whitening with Opalescence® 

Dr. Darling and the expert dental team at Legacy Dental Care have a great solution for patients seeking a whiter, brighter smile: Opalescence. You can elect to take advantage of the Opalescence Boost’s whitening power in the office, for whiter teeth in one dental visit, or from the comfort of your home over several weeks with Opalescence Go.   

Opalescence Boost: Whiter teeth, faster

For patients who want the speed and ease of professional whitening, Legacy Dental Care provides in-office Opalescence Boost care. Your gums are fully protected before a team member applies the whitening gel to your teeth. 

There’s no need for harsh lights or bright lasers. Simply relax for about an hour as the gel works its magic. This in-office procedure can whiten your teeth several shades after just one two-hour (or less!) appointment.   

Opalescence Go: Gradual whitening at home

If you prefer to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your home, the Legacy Dental Care team provides Opalescence Go take-home, disposable whitening kits. These kits include disposable trays created from molds of your teeth for a perfect fit. 

Simply place the specialized whitening solution into these trays and place them over your teeth while you sleep. Instead of hours, results may take several weeks, but the solution is not harmful to your gums or teeth, though you may experience some tooth sensitivity after use.  

Get the smile of your dreams and experience the remarkable benefits of a whiter smile with help from Legacy Dental Care. Contact Dr. Darling and the team at 636-203-7519 to schedule your consultation now!

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