Are you looking to get brighter, whiter teeth to improve your smile? Here, we’ll discuss your options for whiter teeth to help you decide what is the best way for you to get the smile of your dreams.
Whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives that help remove surface stains on your teeth. They also might contain some gently chemical or polishing agents that will help to more effectively remove those surface stains. But surface stains really are the limit to whitening toothpastes since they do not contain any type of bleach and typically lighten your tooth’s color by about one shade while professional whitening can whiten your teeth from three to eight shades whiter.
Over the Counter Whitening Gels & Strips
You’ve probably seen ads for these on TV or in magazines. Whitening gels are peroxide based gels that are clear and applied to the surface of your teeth with a small brush. Whitening strips are clear strips with an adhesive-type gel that allows you to place the strips on your teeth for about 30 minutes each day for an extended period of weeks. These gels and strips usually contain hydrogen peroxide but the strength of the peroxide varies per product. Results are seen in a week or so and the final results can last for about four months.
Along with freshening breath, reducing plaque, and fighting gum disease, mouthwashes can also help whiten teeth. Whitening mouthwashes contain a whitening ingredient like hydrogen peroxide that will help whiten teeth in about twelve weeks. There is some evidence that whitening mouthwashes are not as effective than other over the counter products. This is because the whitening mouthwash is only in contact with your teeth for about 60 seconds each time you rinse. Compare that against a strip that you use for 30 minutes.
Professional Teeth Whitening Kits
If you want the convenience of an over the counter strip but the benefits of a professional whitening treatment, teeth whitening kits may be for you. These are custom made for you by the dentist. Our team will take impressions of your teeth so we can make the whitening trays specifically for your teeth. Once the trays are ready, you’ll get to take them and a professional-strength whitening gel home. You’ll come up with a schedule with the dentist that will help you work towards your whitening goals so that you can have the smile of your dreams in no time.
A Brighter Smile Awaits You!
If you think that professional whitening is for you, give us a call to schedule a consultation. Your smile will benefit from the effort.