If you’re like many people, you often feel that your smile could use a bit of brightening up but aren’t sure what procedures exist and which ones might be right for you. Fortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to teeth whitening, and what works best for you might not be the best option for the next patient. The only way to know which approach is the best one for you is to have a consultation with your dentist, but you can get the most out of the conversation if you have some knowledge of the possibilities. Here’s what you need to know about teeth whitening options.
If your teeth have mild surface stains, a specialty toothpaste may be just what you need to bring back its former brightness. These work in the same manner that your regular toothpaste does, and most people begin to see noticeable results within two or three days, but keep in mind that it may take several weeks for others to notice a difference. Keep in mind that surface stains are generally caused by things such as tobacco use and foods and beverages that create stains, such as coffee, tea, wine, juice, and dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries, so if you continue to do these things after you begin using a whitening toothpaste, the results will be fleeting.
Make sure that any specialty toothpaste you use is approved by the American Dental Association. For best results, ask your dentist for recommendations.
Gels and Strips
Gels and strips may be an option for those who need more than whitening toothpaste. These are generally over-the-counter products that contain hydrogen peroxide. Although they provide faster results than specialty toothpaste, they may not be the best option for those with sensitive teeth. Check with your dentist before using these, and do a spot test before applying either gels or strips to multiple teeth at once.
Chairside bleaching is the most effective way to get white teeth quickly. As its name implies, it’s performed in your dentist’s office. The treatment takes between 30 and 60 minutes, patients sometimes find they require multiple treatments to get the effect they want.
Please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions on how you can make the most of your smile.