There are many different options and techniques available now for patients to obtain the whitest and brightest smile possible. With so many options, it can often be overwhelming to decide what’s best for you, so we recommend scheduling an appointment with us to talk with your dentist first.
IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING
The most common teeth -whitening method used is In-Office whitening. This takes place in our dental office and last about 90 minutes. The steps include applying a dentist strength whitening gel to your teeth. We will then have you sit under a blue light to enhance the whitening and you will see results immediately.
AT-HOME TEETH WHITENING
The next available options out there for teeth whitening are your ‘At-Home’ teeth whitening techniques. Although, you will see results with these options, the results won’t be as fast or as powerful as your In-Office teeth whitening visit.
Tray bleaching uses a process that will whiten your natural teeth, unlike strips that are on a more surface level. You will be fitted for custom made tray and then take the tray and professional grade gel to use in the comfort of your home. This gel contains peroxide that helps the hydroxyl radicals whiten your teeth and remove those hardy stains. This process takes about 14 days but sometimes (depending your teeth) can take as little as 3 days.
OVER THE COUNTER WHITENERS
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options that are less expensive but also can be less effective. As with any teeth-whitening process, it’s best to consult with your dental professional before use.
PAINT-ON TEETH WHITENERS
Paint-On teeth whiteners can be purchased over the counter and consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth by using a small brush. The gel then hardens into a film that coats the teeth and eventually dissolves in the mouth. This option is less expensive than strips or professional options but also less effective with slower results.
Teeth-whitening strips are worn for an average of 30 minutes a day, twice a day. Each person will vary on how long they will need to do this for results. Strips are made of polyethylene containing hydrogen peroxide on the side used for whitening. The whitening agent activates when the strips are applied to the teeth.
WHITENING TOOTHPASTE AND MOUTHWASH
Toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains and mildly whiten your teeth. They lighten your teeth by using mild abrasives, but unlike a professional whitening process they won’t lighten the actual color shade of your tooth. This makes whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes the least effective whitening treatment.
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