Teeth whitening first became a major trend in Hollywood and has since made its way into the homes of everyday people around the world. Good looking, healthy whiter and brighter teeth is the number one item that people want to improve their smile, Teeth Whitening works well if you have teeth darkened from age, coffee, tea, smoking or medication. Dentists sometimes discourage whitening for people who have sensitive teeth. There are several safe and effective Teeth Whitening treatments to choose from, you will achieve great results from any of the treatments that we recommend.
The fastest method of Teeth Whitening is performed by your dentist, this is because the bleaching solution used by your Dentist is usually stronger than at-home kits. Also the solution used by your Dentist is sometimes coupled with heat or light (as in Zoom Whitening), resulting in more dramatic results. Teeth whitening procedures are not typically covered under dental health insurance plans.
Several oTeeth Whitening options are available for bleaching your teeth at home. The most common options are as follows:
- Whitening strips and gels: These are over-the-counter, peroxide based products that are applied to your teeth using a thin strip or a brush. Typically the product needs to be applied once or twice every day for 10 to 14 days to complete the bleaching process.
- Whitening toothpastes: All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives. Teeth Whitening toothpastes have special chemical or polishing agents included that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these products do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth.
- Tray-based whitening: You can buy tray-based whitening systems over the counter or have your dentist provide a custom-fitted plastic tray, made from impressions of your teeth, the tray looks like a very thin transparent mouthguard. With this whitening option, you place a peroxide-based gel on your teeth typically one hour a day for up to four weeks.
Results from whitening procedures can last anywhere from one to five years, depending upon your eating, drinking or smoking habits. Before using any teeth whitening product, consult with your Dentist. Whether you choose an at-home or in-office whitening treatment, you can help maintain your bright smile by brushing and flossing every day and visiting your Dentist and Dental Hygienist at least once a year.