For patients who desire a brighter smile, we have lots of techniques and products available, and it can be a challenge to choose from the range of options available. Before you start any teeth whitening routine, you should consult your doctor and discuss the differences between at-home whitening and professional whitening.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office whitening remains the first professional option and is usually carried out in a dental clinic or office. Your dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the teeth surface. This appointment generally takes around 90 minutes and results can be immediate.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
· Tray Whitening
This is a kind of professional whitening where whitening gel and custom-made trays are used. The dentist puts the gel in custom-fitted trays and fits them perfectly over the teeth. Hydroxyradicals help to whiten the teeth, as the peroxide in the gel breaks down. This process, unlike strips, is effective at whitening all natural teeth. This teeth whitening procedure takes only about two weeks, although you may start seeing results in about three to five days.
· Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
When it comes to teeth whitening, there are lots of over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one popular whitening product is known as “paint-on” teeth whitener. This whitener is less expensive than professional options or whitening strips and is available over the counter. Paint-on whiteners are made up of a gel that is usually applied to the tooth with a brush. The whitening gel becomes a hardened film that forms a coating on the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth. Before adopting any teeth whitening option, make sure you consult a dental professional.
· Teeth-Whitening Strips
Strips are flexible, thin plastic (polyethylene) strips partly consisting of hydrogen peroxide film. There are two types of strips that usually come with whitening strip kits: strip for the lower teeth and the lower teeth. To apply the whitening agent, the strips are placed across your teeth and pressed gently to ensure they are in contact with all the teeth. Typically, teeth whitening strips are for a period of 30 minutes each day. Treatment duration varies.
· Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
Mouthwashes and toothpastes remain the most cost-effective options. They are effective in the removal of surface stains and have whitening capabilities using mild abrasives. However, according to results obtained from professional whitening procedures, these products lack actual whitening capabilities. They only remove stains and lighten the teeth mildly.
Get in touch with our practice to learn about teeth whitening or schedule an appointment.