Which teeth whitening options are the best for you?
Teeth whitening options
There are several types of whitening systems prescribed by dentists. They differ in the concentration of the oxygenating agent or gel, as well as how they are applied to the teeth. The two primary methods used for teeth whitening include:
- Laser bleaching—Also called power bleaching or in-surgery whitening, this type involves a dentist applying gel being directly to your teeth. Then, he or she uses a laser to accelerate the gel, using light or heat. In addition to in-office treatments, patients are given custom-made trays to take home for maintenance purposes to enhance the whitening.
- At-home tray whitening—This option entails wearing a custom-made dental guard to be worn when you sleep. Your dentist will give you gel to place in the guard. Although the average time to wear the night guard is from 10 to 14 days, how long you need to wear the tray can depend on the particular kind of gel and the amount of concentration of peroxide of the gel.
Determine the best option for you
To find out the whitening treatment that is best for your teeth, first make an appointment with your dentist. After thoroughly examining your teeth, your dentist can decide on the best type of treatment.
If your dentist finds that your teeth are yellow and have a significant amount of staining, you’ll likely need an in-office laser bleaching. If you have only a small amount of staining, then you may be able to do at at-home tray-based whitening.
- In-office treatments are usually the best choice for most people.
- Every situation is different. Teeth whitening doesn’t produce identical results for every patient. While some people get exceptional teeth whitening in only one or two treatments, others may have to have several appointments and still not have the same results.
- Be cautious when buying over-the-counter whitening treatments because they are considered cosmetic products, so they’re not subject to FDA testing. In other words, they could be damaging to the tooth structure if used improperly.
Even if your teeth are only slightly stained, it’s still best to have your teeth be professionally assessed by a qualified dentist to decide the most effective treatment, in addition to determining the reason for discoloration.
Don’t hesitate to call Dr. James Bieneman DDS. Our dental clinic in south metro Denver specializes in a wide range of dental treatments, such as cosmetic dentistry, sleep apnea and orthotropics. Please contact us for all your dental needs.