Dazzling. Luminous. Brilliant. Flip through the pages of your favorite fashion magazine or celebrity style blog, and you’ll find these words used repeatedly to describe the smiles of your favorite stars. When it comes to celebrities’ pearly whites, is it simply a matter of good genes? We think not, says Dr. Angela Ganjoor, a cosmetic dentist in Celina, TX. Dr. Ganjoor shares celebrity dentists’ teeth whitening secrets from the latest issue of Elle magazine.
The Basics of Brilliant Teeth
Start with a whitening toothpaste of your choice, but understand that toothpaste alone isn’t sufficient to achieve significant brightening. Although these products contain a small amount of peroxide, they work mostly to scrub away plaque and light staining from the surface of your teeth. For more dramatic results, you’ll need professional cleaning and whitening treatments. Visit Dr. Ganjoor at least once every six months, or more frequently as recommended. Doing so prevents food and debris from accumulating on your teeth while protecting your mouth against periodontal disease, bad breath, and tooth decay.
One Hollywood dentist, whose celebrity patients include fashion models, rock stars and A-list actors, adds that using an electric toothbrush prevents or removes buildup from between teeth and beneath the gum line. Using sonic waves, some electric brushes loosen plaque and tartar. Others scrub and polish the surface of your teeth to produce a smooth, gleaming appearance. Both dentists agree that using mouthwash, whitening formula or otherwise, helps reach areas not touched by your toothbrush. Avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol, as its drying effect on your mouth contributes to bad breath and increases your risk for tooth decay.
Should You Go the Professional Route?
Not all stains can be removed by over-the-counter teeth whitening products, even those that claim to be professional strength. The most stubborn stains include those caused by:
- Years of neglect
- Tobacco use
- Taking medications known to discolor teeth
- Consuming dark liquids, such as tea, coffee and cola
- Damages to the surface of tooth enamel
You probably know that your skin has pores, but did you know that teeth have pores, too? Oil and dirt clog pores, leading to skin irritations and pimples. Similarly, tooth enamel that has been badly damaged and pitted is more prone to staining. Heavily pigmented substances, such as berries, wine, and certain fruits, remain in these open pores. Professional teeth whitening removes stains from the pores in your teeth.
Give Your Teeth the Star Treatment
Dr. Ganjoor offers two options for dramatic, effective teeth whitening: an in-office system, LumiBrite, and take-home whitening kits. Which is best for you? LumiBrite is ideal if you desire instant gratification, achieving up to 10 shades of whitening within a single one-hour treatment. Our home whitening system produces enviable results, albeit more gradually. Most patients achieve optimal whitening within two to four weeks of at-home treatment.
What could you do with a brighter smile? To learn more about teeth whitening in Celina, TX, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Angela Ganjoor, contact our office at 214. 851. 0130. We welcome patients living in McKinney, Frisco, Plano, Gunter, Pilot Point and the surrounding communities. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook.