Learning everything you can about teeth whitening options is an important first step on the road to a beautiful smile. Everyone would love to have a set of brilliantly white teeth, but very few people are born with the teeth they desire. Luckily, there are now plenty of options to achieve that incredible smile of your dreams!
Four common whitening options
Ask your dentist which teeth whitening option will be right for you based on your unique smile, budget and lifestyle.
1. Whitening toothpaste
Whitening toothpaste and other whitening products are one of the easiest ways to create and maintain a dazzling white smile. While whitening toothpaste may not reverse severe discoloration, these products can add brilliance and shine to your teeth and help reduce the appearance of surface stains. Whitening toothpaste is ideal for anyone looking to give their smile a little extra boost every day. By brushing twice a day with whitening toothpaste, you can help keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.
2. Gels and trays
Tooth whitening gel trays can either be purchased directly from your dentist or in some cases, over the counter. Gel trays often come with moldable plastic trays that you can custom fit to your teeth and a teeth whitening peroxide gel solution that is activated by light. Usable at home, this method of teeth whitening takes anywhere from a few hours to overnight. The results can happen quickly or take a few months to appear, depending on the original shade of your teeth. For faster results, acquiring a stronger peroxide gel from your dentist may be preferable to over-the-counter options.
3. Whitening strips
This common at-home solution for teeth whitening requires less commitment than trays and in-office treatments but is more intensive than simply using whitening toothpaste. Whitening strips are often coated in a low potency peroxide solution, making them an inexpensive and fast solution for whitening your teeth at home. As with any peroxide solution to tooth discoloration, whitening strips may pose a risk for those with overly sensitive teeth, but they can cause less sensitivity than more extreme procedures. If you feel any pain or sensitivity while whitening, you should remove the whitening strip and end the procedure immediately.
4. In-office bleaching
For anyone looking for stellar, fast and long-lasting results, in-office teeth bleaching is an ideal solution. These procedures are significantly more expensive than at-home methods of teeth whitening but yield impressive results. Whitening your teeth by several shades can take as little as an hour, so if you are looking to see impressive results right away, requesting in-office bleaching might be the right choice for you. Because in-office bleaching may take longer than other at-home procedures or less intensive whitening, you should always inform your dentist if you are prone to tooth sensitivity.
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