Are you interested in having a brighter smile? There are several different teeth whitening options available to you, depending on your intended whitening result and budget. Whitening treatment helps to brighten the shade of your teeth. Listed below are several whitening options available to you along with their pros and cons.
There are two main types of staining, internal staining and external staining. Whitening toothpaste usually helps to reduce and prevent external staining by using abrasive particles to scrub the surface of the teeth. Whitening mouthwash aims to reduce internal staining. It often includes a small amount of a whitening agent such as hydrogen peroxide. These types of whitening options are inexpensive and produce mild results.
The next level up is store-bought whitening strips. These can be purchased at most drug stores and a relatively inexpensive cost. The whitening strips are applied to teeth for a certain time, which is indicated on the box. The downside to these strips is that they do not offer a custom fit for your teeth and may miss certain areas of the tooth.
Whitening trays are thin shell-like trays made specifically for your mouth and teeth. Because these trays specifically fit your teeth, there is an even coverage of the whitening agent, which is usually hydrogen peroxide. Instructions for use will be given to you at the time you receive the trays, and it is essential to follow these instructions.
The gold standard of whitening treatments is in-office whitening. In-office whitening usually takes place in one appointment. Your gums, lips and cheeks will be isolated, and the whitening agent will be applied directly onto your teeth. A special UV light will be used to speed up the action of the whitening agent. It is recommended to use sensitivity toothpaste for at least two weeks before and after this treatment to prevent sensitivity. Whitening works by travelling through the microscopic tubules into the underlying structure of your teeth. This is the method that produces the best results.