There are a lot of ways to whiten your smile, but do you know how they work or which ones are best? Here’s a run-down on the 3 most popular types of teeth whitening, their advantages, and what to expect from your treatment:
Over the Counter Whitening Kits
Over the counter whitening products come in strips, one-size trays, and even pen applicators. These affordable products use a lower-concentration of peroxide whitener that can eliminate mild tooth stains when used each day for 2-3 weeks. Unfortunately, many of them do not provide flush contact of the product with the teeth, which results in irregular bleaching patterns or uneven whitening results.
Custom Whitening Trays
For custom whitening trays, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth to create a clear tray that looks like a retainer. In this tray you apply a small amount of highly concentrated whitening gel on the areas you want to treat, then place the tray in your mouth. The snug fit allows only a small amount of gel to be used with the maximum results possible. Refill kits keep your smile whiter for years.
In-Office Laser Whitening
Laser whitening uses professionally applied whitening gel that is accelerated by the use of a bright light. This allows the results to be achieved in less time than home kits – full results are typically seen in one hour. This treatment is perfect for patients with busy schedules who need fast results.
Before beginning any type of whitening treatment, it’s important to have a dental check-up to screen for conditions that could make your teeth sensitive or cause harm to areas that are infected. During your check-up you can ask your dentist to see what shade your teeth are naturally, to give you a better idea of what to expect from certain types of whitening treatments.
Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental
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