If you are not happy with the color of your teeth, no need to fear! With modern day technology, there are many different techniques to whiten your teeth for a brighter smile. With so many different options, however, it might be difficult to decide which one is right for you. Dr. Whittle is here to explain the different techniques available for teeth whitening and lead you to a whiter and brighter smile.
Before beginning, Dr. Whittle would like all of his patients to know that “bleaching” is sometimes used interchangeably with the word “whitening.” Technically, however, bleaching refers to products which whiten teeth using bleach. While using this might sound scary to some, using whitening products with bleach are safe for use and are effective when it comes to obtaining a brighter smile.
Effective Over-the-Counter Methods of Teeth Whitening
With teeth whitening becoming more and more popular, many methods are becoming over-the-counter which you can do by yourself. These methods usually cost between $5 and $50. Because they are the cheapest, these methods are usually the least effective and last for the least amount of time. Here is a list of the effective over-the-counter methods available which can be picked up at your local drug store.
Toothpaste: Toothpaste, which is used on a daily basis, can help to whiten your teeth. Some toothpastes can be used to help lighten teeth by one shade and get rid of slight surface stains like those caused by coffee or smoking.
Gel: Whitening gel is a method of over-the-counter whitening strips which contain bleach. This option comes in many different strengths and the results vary depending on how strong of a gel you chose.
Rinses: Just like toothpaste, there are some everyday mouthwashes which could be used to whiten teeth. They are used just like regular mouthwash is except they contain peroxide which helps whiten teeth. This method is not as effective as other over-the-counter methods because it only stays in contact with your teeth for about 60 seconds.
Strips: Whitening strips are the most effective form of over-the-counter teeth whitening products. These strips are worn on the front of your teeth for about 30 minutes each day for two weeks. Once this process is complete, the results last for about four months, give or take food habits and cleaning.
Effective Dentist Prescribed Methods of Teeth Whitening
While over-the-counter methods of teeth whitening are both safe and effective, many still gravitate towards those methods prescribed by a dentist. These methods are usually more effective and provide more drastic results than those from over-the-counter methods. There are two dentist prescribed methods which can be used, at home methods or in-office methods. In a consultation at Whittle Dentistry, Dr. Whittle can help each individual patient come up with the treatment plan which is right for them.
At Home Whitening Methods: Just like over-the-counter methods of whitening, some whitening methods prescribed by Dr. Whittle can be done at home. At home whitening methods include whitening trays which are unique, custom trays that fit comfortably around your teeth. They are filled with whitening gel and are recommended to be worn between 30 minutes to several hours a day, depending on each individual patient. This option allows for patients to receive more permanent options while not being under Dr. Whittle’s complete supervision.
In-Office Whitening Methods: In-office whitening methods are the most effective out of any of the methods previously mentioned. They produce the most dramatic and longest lasting results because they use the strongest concentration. In-office methods include whitening gel which is placed on the teeth. After about an hour, the gel has broken down the stain molecules on your teeth, producing a whiter and brighter smile.
While all of these options for teeth whitening are effective, Dr. Whittle suggests that each patient thinking of whitening their teeth make an appointment to figure out which method is best for them. Dr. Whittle wants you to be happy with your pearly whites. For more information or to set up a consultation please visit Whittle Dentistry near River Oaks, TX or call at (817) 249.5522.