Methods of Teeth Whitening or Teeth Bleaching
Check out the different options you can choose from to whiten your teeth:
- In-Office Teeth Whitening: Schedule an appointment to get your teeth professionally whitened in only a couple of hours. This option is best when your teeth are in good condition, and you do not suffer from tooth sensitivity.
- At-Home Teeth Whitening: Choose an at-home product that allows you to gently whiten your teeth at home over a period of days or weeks.
- Whitening Toothpaste – Using toothpaste that is designed to whiten your teeth could give you gradual results with minimal fuss.. However, whitening toothpastes are the least effective option because they simply are not in contact with your teeth for long enough periods of time to substantially alter the color of your teeth.
- Whitening Strips – Stick these thin whitening strips onto the fronts of your teeth whenever you have time at home.
- Whitening Trays – Trays customized to fit your teeth are filled with a whitening product. You wear the trays at home when you have a few hours to yourself. Some are designed for overnight use.
- Whitening Gels – Use the gel in your custom-made whitening tray.
It’s always best to discuss any teeth whitening method with your dentist before beginning a treatment. Some products are abrasive and may not be good for certain teeth. Whitening products also tend to cause tooth sensitivity, so if your teeth are already sensitive, your dentist may not recommend any whitening treatment. Other times, if a physical trauma has been experienced, a tooth may experience a pathologic alteration to its color. When this occurs, an entirely different approach to changing the color of the tooth is required. We always investigate the source of a stain before creating a custom treatment plan for you!