Many patients experience discolored teeth, either as a result of pigmented foods, natural wear, tobacco products, trauma, or even the side-effects of medication. Because of the frequency of this common aesthetic problem, advances in dental technology have allowed dentists to now offer teeth whitening treatments as a solution! Teeth whitening has now become a popular cosmetic treatment to help patients achieve a brighter, healthier-looking smile.
Types of Teeth Whitening Solutions
There are several types of teeth whitening solutions available, ranging from over-the-counter products to professional teeth whitening treatments in the dentist’s office.
- Whitening toothpaste – Although all types of toothpaste help remove surface stains from the teeth, there is special whitening toothpaste that is solely dedicated to teeth whitening by using certain polishing agents that better aid in stain removal. However, because this toothpaste only removes surface stains, patients often find that they are not effective enough to give their teeth a whiter appearance.
- Whitening strips – Whitening strips are another popular over-the-counter treatment for teeth whitening. The whitening strip is designed to stick to your teeth and is left there for a certain period of time while the bleaching agent in the strip brightens your teeth. Because the concentration and strength of the bleaching agent in these whitening strips are much lower than the solution you’ll find in the dentist’s office, however, they are also viewed as ineffective by patients.
- In-office whitening – In-office bleaching at the dentist’s office offers teeth whitening solutions that are much more effective than traditional, over-the-counter solutions because the bleaching agent used is much stronger. Patients are given a set of trays filled with the agent to wear for a period of time, ranging from 30 minutes up to an hour. Some dentists even use a special light during the treatment to expedite the teeth whitening process and its effectiveness. Some dentists also offer similar teeth whitening treatments in the form of a kit that you can actually take home and use on your own.
If you are interested in achieving a brighter smile, book an appointment with our office today for a teeth whitening treatment. We offer different options for teeth whitening, and are happy to provide you with the best solution for a brighter smile!