Nothing says confidence quite like a big, white smile. We are only too happy to help you find that great smile. But, as with any medical treatment, we have to make some important choices before acting. There are many different methods of teeth whitening, varying in application time, effectiveness, cost, and effect on dental sensitivity.
Teeth Whitening Toothpaste
The simplest of the whitening methods, this one is also usually the least effective in terms of durability. Containing either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as an active ingredient, the abrasive nature of brushing combined with the chemical agent produces measurable results over a longer period of treatment. This method can usually whiten teeth by about a single shade and it must be repeated more frequently for noticeable and lasting results.
Teeth Whitening Rinses
The newest and easiest addition to the whitening arsenal is the whitening mouthwash. Like any mouthwash, these rinses have several other associated benefits such as fresh breath, plaque removal, and gum disease prevention. But be wary. The claimed benefit of whitening is highly tentative with the wide range of whitening rinses on the market today. The most effective ones contain a peroxide-based whitening agent. And of great appeal to many, they don’t take much time for usage (60 seconds is usually the recommended duration for application). But with that shorter application period comes a much longer recommended use interval (often up to a dozen weeks before measurable results are realized).
Teeth Whitening Strips and Gels
Another limited contact, easy whitening method is the standard whitening strip or gel. This method entails self-application of a gel-coated bleaching strip twice daily. Results come fairly quickly, usually in a matter of several days, and the bleaching effect usually lasts for several months.
Tray-Based Teeth Whitening Systems
This method entails filling a custom-molded mouthpiece with a gel-based whitening agent. The mouthpiece is usually worn for several hours a day and up to a month, depending on the desired shade and budget.
In-Office Teeth Whitening Treatment
In-office whitening consists of directly applying a special bleaching topical agent directly to the teeth and letting it cure for 30-60 minutes, often with the help of heat treatment. This method is also the safest in that a specially trained technician will be administering the treatment and extra safety measures are taken to preserve delicate surrounding tissue. In many cases, a single treatment is all that is needed. Sometimes clients opt for two or three sessions to achieve the most dramatic results.
Have you always dreamt of the glistening snow-white smile? It’s usually easier to attain than you might think. Let our professionals explain the benefits of each treatment in detail. Teeth whitening is an incredibly simple and cost-effective way to improve your relationships, your self-confidence, and daily happiness all at once. Let us help you find that bright white smile that you thought was just a distant memory.
Call us today at (480) 948-1255 to set up a consultation and find out if teeth whitening is right for you.