Smile! Whiter, brighter teeth are all the craze. From toothpastes, to bleaches, to lasers, it seems like everyone has a new method to noticeably make smiles brighter.

When you look in the mirror, if your smile is not as white as you would like it to be, it is time to take a look at what could be staining your teeth and what you can do to improve your smile. Coffee, tea, cola, white and red wines, as well as smoking can all stain teeth. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to whiten your yellowing teeth.

Venus whitening. Venus White Max is a relatively new whitening product that does not utilize a light and contains potassium nitrate which helps decrease sensitivity associated with bleaching. The process starts with an in-office procedure that takes about one hour. It is dentist-supervised and is fast and effective. Combined with the Venus White Pro, which is delivered via customized bleaching trays - made by your dentist, which precisely fit and bleach your teeth evenly using mint flavored gels. The result is natural, even and fast whitening - without the hassle of wearing over-the-counter whitening strips.

ZOOM! whitening. This method of whitening that utilizes a light in-office is very popular and has been available for quite some time. Known for its effectiveness, ZOOM! takes about two hours in-office to complete. ZOOM! has been proven to be a simple, safe, effective and lasting way to enhance your smile. It does not harm the teeth or gums. It simply removes all the stains from your teeth so that they are as white as they naturally can be. Bleaching is available in a wide variety of methods and considerations and for various kinds of teeth.

Custom fit tray bleaching. With this treatment, a custom fitted tray made by your dentist, combined with bleaching gel is worn over the teeth for a specified amount of time everyday. This procedure can be done together with Venus or ZOOM! whitening for the most effective results. Some results may be noticed in a couple of days, but more complete whitening results may take two to four weeks.

If you are interested in achieving that bright white smile, talk to your dentist regarding the criteria for best results, how whitening could impact your particular situation, and which procedure will best suit your needs. Bleach will not whiten through plaque and tarter so its ideal to have your teeth cleaned and polished prior to whitening.

Studio Dental is currently offering a special on Venus White Max in-office whitening and Venus White Pro at-home custom fit trays and gel for $149 (normally $298). If you would like more information on whitening, contact Studio Dental or your dentist.

(Editor’s Note: Athena Storey is the owner/dentist at Studio Dental, PLLC. She can be reached at 575-5576.)

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