The least expensive option for teeth whitening is off the shelf products such as whitening toothpaste or mouthwash. These products typically target surface stains, such as toothpaste, with abrasive particles to scrub off the stain. Some whitening toothpaste and mouthwash may contain a whitening agent such as hydrogen peroxide to lighten the teeth’ internal shade.
Whitening strips can also be purchased off the shelf and can potentially be more effective than toothpaste/mouthwash whitening. Whitening strips contain some form of a whitening agent such as hydrogen peroxide and are to be applied directly to the teeth for some time. Make sure to follow the label and intended use. It is recommended to use a sensitivity toothpaste for a week before and after to reduce/prevent sensitivity.
Take-home whitening trays are professionally made in the office. They are fabricated to precisely fit your mouth, so the whitening agent has even access to teeth. You will be given instructions for use by a dental professional when you receive the trays, which includes directions on how to add the whitening agent into the trays and how long to wear the trays each day. It is essential to follow the intended use and not to over whiten your teeth.
The best whitening results typically come from in-office whitening, where a dental professional will apply the gel to your teeth. In-office whitening is completed in 1 appointment of 1-1.5 hours. The whitening gel travels through microscopic tubules to lighten the internal shade of your teeth.
Veneers are the best option for precise and exact results. In addition to lightening the shade of your teeth, you can also change the shape and size for the most aesthetically pleasing result. Unlike with any whitening option, veneers do not dull with time and will stay the same shade throughout their lifespan. Veneers are more invasive than any whitening product because a thin outer layer of the tooth structure has to be removed to fit the veneers on. Veneers are best suited for teeth that have enamel discrepancies.
If you believe you are a candidate for tooth whitening or veneers or have any questions about either procedure, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.