Everyone wants a bright, beautiful smile to feel more secure and confident. The first step to preventing dull and yellowing teeth is to avoid food and beverages that leave stains, such as red wine, coffee and tea. There is also the option of whitening, which can be done in several different ways and always with the supervision of a dentist. The following explains the different types of teeth whitening and the typical results.
A whitening toothpaste is the easiest and least expensive way to whiten the teeth. It is used just like regular toothpaste to remove discoloration. While using a whitening toothpaste is simple, it will also only remove stains on the surface of the teeth and not give the results that other methods do. It must also be used indefinitely to make any difference at all.
This is the most common method to get whiter teeth beyond toothpaste. It is affordable and accessible through most supermarkets and drugstores. The strips are flexible plastic that have a peroxide formula pre-applied to the surface. They are worn 30 minutes each day for one to two weeks for the best results. The effect usually lasts for a few months before the process has to be repeated.
Another approach to teeth whitening is using whitening trays with gel. Like strips, these trays are available at local stores although they are more expensive. The trays are worn for an hour at a time over a few days. The drawback to using pre-fab trays is they are not a customized fit for the teeth, which can result in gel leaking out onto the gums and causing them to become irritated.
Custom whitening trays are basically the same as pre-fab trays when it comes to cost and use, but they are more effective in the long term. These trays are custom fitted to the teeth, which prevents leakage problems and painful gums. The results are better than the store trays because of the precise fit and a higher level of peroxide in the gel.
The most effective teeth whitening is done in the dentist’s office. In most cases, optimal results are achieved in one appointment. This is because the dentist uses a special peroxide formula that is highly concentrated and not available in stores. While this is the quickest method to get whiter teeth, it is considerably more expensive and may not be an option for everyone.
It should be noted that individuals with cavities, sensitive teeth or fillings, crowns and veneers should avoid whitening procedures as they could cause discomfort, damage or simply be ineffective.
Teeth whitening is an option to improve a smile and boost self confidence. Before starting any type of whitening process, a dentist should be consulted to ensure the teeth are in the proper condition. None of the above methods should ever be done without a dentist’s supervision.