Almost everyone wants a whiter smile these days. The brighter one’s smile is, the brighter one’s face appears to be. Those who feel confident about their smile share it easily with others and don’t hide behind closed lips. But those who are not proud of their smile can come across distant and as lacking confidence. Teeth whitening is a multi billion dollar business in the United States due to so many people wanting to enhance their smile. If you are interested in having your teeth whitened, speak with your dentist about your options.
In office whitening treatments are available for patients at the dentist office. The most dramatic results will be achieved in an office setting because of the technology that is able to be used by a dentist. For in-office whitening, a dentist will often combine a laser with the bleaching treatment to speed up the process and achieve more dramatic results. This process takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour, and more than one treatment may be necessary to achieve the level of whiteness that is desired. For in-office treatments, the dentist will protect the gums by applying a gel to them. The dentist will observe the teeth during the entire process to make sure that the gums are safe and the teeth are whitening properly.
At home whitening includes over the counter kits and strips as well as whitening kits that are available at the dentist’s office. While these kits can achieve the results a person is hoping for, they generally take longer to achieve. That is because the concentration of the bleaching agent is less than what a dentist can use in his/her office.
Speak with your dentist about what option is best for you. He or she will take the color of your teeth into consideration and will help you determine the best route to take for a brighter, whiter smile.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care
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