Having a whiter smile can improve the way that your smile looks and, more importantly, the way that you feel about your smile. There are many different ways that you can whiten your teeth and you may find it difficult to sort through the different options that are available to you. Schedule an appointment to talk with us today so we can discuss the different in-office professional whitening options and the different at-home whitening options. We can consult with you and provide our recommendation as to the best whitening process for your teeth.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
If you should choose an in-office whitening treatment, you will schedule an appointment with us and we will apply a whitening gel to your teeth. We will then shine a light source directly on your teeth to accelerate the peroxide and ensure that your teeth are getting the necessary treatment. This visit will usually take about 90 minutes and you will be able to see results immediately.
This professional form of whitening is very strong. The doctor will work with you to determine what the best shade of white is for your teeth.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
- Tray Bleaching
Tray bleaching is also a professional form of whitening. We will make custom trays for you in the office. These trays will fit your teeth perfectly to ensure that your teeth are all being equally whitened. Whitening gel, that is only available in the dentist’s office, is placed in the custom trays and then you place the trays in your mouth. The gel will then cover your teeth perfectly. The peroxide gel will start to break down and the hydroxyradicals will whiten the stains on teeth. This professional grade gel will reach all of your teeth and the process takes anywhere from 10 to 14 days. You may start to notice results in as little as three to five days.
- Teeth Whitening Strips
Teeth whitening strips can be purchased over the counter and they contain plastic (polyethylene) strips that are thin and flexible. On one side of the strips is a film of hydrogen peroxide that is used to bleach your teeth. The whitening strips kit will come with two different shapes of strips, one type for your upper teeth and one type for your lower teeth. To apply the bleaching agent, you simply put the strip across your teeth so the peroxide is touching your teeth, and then press the strip firmly to your teeth. The whitening strips are usually worn for thirty minutes a day, twice a day. The length of this whitening treatment will vary with the type of whitening strip you purchase.
- Teeth Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive of the teeth whitening options is whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. The toothpastes and the mouthwash are created with “whitening” capabilities. The toothpastes and mouthwashes that are designed to whiten teeth will be able to treat surface stains. The whitening toothpaste and mouthwash will not dramatically change the color of your teeth, but will just lighten the color of your teeth.
- Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
There are many different whitening solutions that are available over-the-counter. There is a whitening product that is commonly referred to as “paint-on” teeth whitener. These whiteners are not as effective as the professional options or the whitening strips that can be purchased over-the-counter. These whiteners come with a gel and a small brush to paint the gel onto the teeth. Once the whitening gel is applied to the teeth it hardens and then dissolves in the mouth.
Just like any other dental treatment, you should consult with your dentist before you start a regiment to whiten your teeth. Make an appointment with us today and we can get you on your way to a whiter and brighter smile.