What Teeth Whitening Methods are Available?

Posted on: January 2, 2019

Explore the various Teeth Whitening options to choose the method that will work best for you, and get a smile that dazzles.

Teeth whitening products are everywhere these days. One can hardly turn on the TV without seeing two friends comparing smiles and talking about ways to whiten. There are so many different options and methods available, it can all be pretty overwhelming. Take a closer look at the teeth whitening methods out there, and find out which is the right one for you.

Teeth whitening methods

Professional bleaching

Go to a dentist to get a professional bleaching treatment. This process can take up to about 90 minutes. This is a special appointment that should be scheduled outside of a regular dental cleaning.

To begin the bleaching treatment, the dentist will polish the teeth with a grainy substance. Using gauze and retractors, the lips will be pulled back and away from the teeth so that bleaching solution can be applied.

Depending on the agent used to bleach the teeth, a special light may be applied to the surface of the teeth and the solution on them. The light may be used for 30 to 60 minutes. It’s important to stay still and avoid moving the mouth and teeth while this is happening. After the treatment is over, be sure to thoroughly rinse the mouth. Sometimes, a fluoride treatment is done to help prevent tooth sensitivity. The teeth will be sensitive for 24 to 48 hours following a professional bleaching, and the results will be quite noticeable. Follow all of the aftercare instructions to avoid as much pain as possible.

At-home products

The dental aisle is full of whitening products that one can use at home. This includes whitening strips that are applied to teeth, trays with special solutions that you wear to whiten teeth, whitening mouthwashes and whitening toothpaste. These products can be effective, but they should ideally only be used on healthy, strong teeth. Too much whitening can damage the tooth enamel and lead to sensitivity in teeth and gum pain.

Use at-home products sparingly, and talk to the dentist about how to best use these products and how often it's safe to do so. If someone notices pain or tooth sensitivity, it’s best that they stop using whitening products until they talk to their dentist.

DIY whitening

Anyone can make their own at-home whitening products using ingredients they probably already have on hand. Baking soda and lemon juice, for example, can be combined to make a very effective whitening toothpaste. However, using DIY whitening options too often can lead to loss of enamel. Don't perform at-home DIY whitening treatments more than once or twice a month.

Continuous whitening

Whitening is not a one-time procedure. A person will need to get whitening treatments regularly, or perform them at home themselves, to maintain a bright, dazzling smile. One should also consider giving up coffee, cigarettes, red wine and other food and drink known to cause tooth stains.

If someone gets regular whitening treatments, they will have a continuously white and beautiful smile that others will notice and some might envy. Talk to your dentist about how often you need whitening treatments, and maintain a regular whitening routine to get a totally TV-ready smile.

If you still have questions then give us a call today. We’re happy to help in any way that we can!

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