There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Tray Whitening- Custom
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
Teeth-whitening using a non-custom, flexible plastic (polyethylene) tray with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side is one of our most popular options.. Our trays come with 10 trays for the upper teeth and for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the trays on your teeth and gently pressing them to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening tray are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary. This is a great alternatimve for over the counter tooth whitening strips and we have found it achieves better results.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.