I ran across your blog when looking up information about Lumineers. I’ve been trying everything to get my teeth really white. I use nite white gel in take home trays, but cannot seem to get my teeth as white as I want them to get. I asked my dentist and they suggested I get some whitening toothpaste to keep them white as things go along. However, a friend of mine told me you should never wear use over-the-counter whitening toothpaste. Now I am not sure what else to do. Is there some secret to getting really white teeth? Can Lumineers get them as white as I want?
I am going to suggest that you do not get Lumineers. These are a brand of porcelain veneers that are highly marketed to inexperienced cosmetic dentists. However, these dentists do not tend to get the best results. Additionally, the Lumineers company insists that dentists use their company’s laboratory. The truth is not many expert cosmetic dentists find that their lab gives beautiful results. They tend to come out a bit chalky and / or bulky.
If you are looking for a complete smile makeover, then you can get still get one, but I would go with a different brand of porcelain veneers. Though considerably more expensive than teeth whitening, porcelain veneers can change the shape, size and color of your teeth. However, if you are only interested in getting whiter teeth, you will save money by sticking it out with teeth whitening.
If you don’t mind being persistant, you can get your teeth really white with teeth whitening, it just takes time. You may want to see if your dentist is using a strong dose of the whitening gel. You can usually get a 33% whitening strength with professional tooth whitening gel. Some gels are a little less than that though.
Your friend was right about the over-the-counter whitening toothpaste. These contain abrasives that do remove stains, but they also etch the teeth slightly which, in turn, causes them to pick up more stains at an even faster rate. The only whitening toothpaste that I recommend is Supersmile Toothpaste. This uses a safe protein pelicle to remove the surface stains of your teeth. It is safe and effective, even on dental work.
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