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Cosmetic Dentistry

January 2017

Feel like your smile isn't dazzling these days? Teeth whitening can help! However, there are a few things you should know before you start a teeth whitening routine.

Make sure you brush and floss every day. This is the simplest and most effective way to ensure your teeth stay healthy. What you drink and eat also affects your smile. Tea, coffee and red wine have color pigments in them that attach to the enamel of your teeth and stain them. To minimize staining, try cutting back on this kind of drink.

So how do you restore your smile's shine? Fortunately, whitening your teeth is easy and effective, but how does it work? The whitening agent brightens your teeth by breaking up stains, therefore making them less concentrated and in the end, giving your teeth back their shine.

Before you rush out and buy the strongest tooth whitening kit, there are a few things you should know. Talk to your dentist before you start any sort of whitening program since teeth whitening kits don't work on all teeth. Yellow teeth usually bleach well, but teeth with gray tones may not. Tooth whitening kits won't work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings. Finally, some people experience tooth sensitivity while using a whitener.

Remember: The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan is not dental insurance. This discount plan allows you to pay a discounted fee at the time of service when you visit a participating network dentist. The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan can be used on routine and preventive care, specialty treatment and cosmetic services such as braces for children and adults, as well as teeth whitening. There are no limits on plan use, and savings start as soon as your plan is effective.

We're here to help! Careington's Customer Care team is ready to answer your questions about the plan, network access, and plan member savings. Call toll-free at (844) 377-3368 for assistance, or click here to search for a provider near you.