Who doesn’t want a beautiful smile?
Many of us equate beautiful smiles with straight, white teeth.
Brushing, flossing, and using mouth wash everyday are important parts to keeping clean teeth, but if you’re wanting a little more brightness, whitening is a great choice.
When it comes to teeth whitening, there are typically two options: in-office bleaching and at-home care. Both come with their set of pros and cons. For at-home care, the longer you keep the chemicals on your teeth, the higher your chances to cause increase tooth sensitivity. Be sure to consult with someone in our office before striking out on your own at home! Also be aware that bleaching will not whiten porcelain crowns for composite tooth bonds.
Additionally, both of these options use a peroxide-based bleaching agent. At-home options usually contain 3% to 20% peroxide where the in-office system your dentist uses is a typically stronger 15%-43% peroxide.
In-Office Tooth Whitening
Having your teeth whitened by your dentist is the safest, quickest, and most effective method of accomplishing your goals. Not only is the bleaching solution stronger, it is done in conjunction with heat, light, or a combination of both. This is the best way to brighten your teeth three to eight shades in just a few short visits.
At-Home Bleaching Options
From the multiple options of at-home bleaching kits, these are the most common:
Tooth whitening strips and gels – This is applied with a thin strip or using a brush directly to your teeth. These peroxide-based products need to be applied at least once a day for 7-14 days and your results last 3 months or longer, depending on your dental care.
Tray-based tooth bleaching system – A mouth guard-like tray is filled with a peroxide-based gel or paste. This process can take at least one hour a day and take up to a month to show results. You can purchase these over the counter or have custom-fitted trays made by the dentist.
Tooth whitening toothpastes – All toothpastes assist with the removal of stains from your teeth. Whitening toothpastes have additional chemicals to scrub deeper into your teeth without the use of any bleaching agents. These can assist with brightening by one shade slowly.
As always, talk with your dentist before whitening your teeth with any of the above methods. Our office can walk you through the best choices for your teeth!