At New Concept Dental, our patients often ask us how they can achieve a bright, attractive smile. With so many whitening products and techniques on the market, we know it can be challenging to find a product that matches your needs. If you are interested in learning more about professional and over-the-counter teeth whitening products, then give us a call today and schedule an appointment to talk directly with either Dr. Fay, Dr. Matthews, or Dr. Bayley about the different professional and at-home whitening methods available to you.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
If you are interested in professional teeth whitening treatment options, we can offer you in-office whitening. This procedure uses of a whitening lamp or laser, equipment that improves the efficiency of the whitening gel, making the peroxide work quicker. After we apply the whitening gel, a light source is shined onto your teeth to activate the whitening process.
Why is this procedure so popular with our patients? It’s because most patients will see immediate results in as little as 90 minutes. If you have an event like a reunion or wedding, in-office whitening can help you smile with confidence.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Sometimes, in-office teeth whitening may not be in your budget. If this is your situation, ask us about at-home teeth whitening options. Some of these options can be completed with the assistance of our office, while other options are self-directed and can be found at your local drugstore. To begin the discussion, let’s first talk about tray bleaching.
This is a professional whitening method, but it is done from the comfort of your home. We will provide you with whitening gel and custom-fitted trays. These trays are fabricated to fit your teeth and no one else’s. A major benefit of tray bleaching is the customized fit, giving you an individualized whitening experience that is impossible to get from trays purchased over-the-counter at drugstores.
Tray bleaching uses peroxide that breaks down in the gel, while hydroxradicals whiten stained teeth. The difference between whitening strips and a whitening tray is not only a more comfortable experience for you, but all your teeth are whitened, not just the front teeth.
This form of whitening does not produce immediate results like in-office laser procedures, though. While some people do see noticeable results in as little as three to five days, typically it takes anywhere from 10 to 14 days before your teeth are lightened to your preference.
Teeth Whitening Strips
How many times have you seen a commercial on television for teeth whitening strips? These popular strips are made from thin, polyethylene (plastic) strips and have a fine film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits usually have strips for the upper teeth and lower teeth.
The bleaching agent is applied to the strips and comes in contact with your teeth when the strips are pressed onto the tooth surface. When using teeth whitening strips, firmly, but gently, press the strips into place, taking care that they make contact with all parts of your teeth. Teeth whitening strips are usually worn for a period of 60 minutes each day, 30 minute whitening sessions at a time. The exact length of time that you need to wear the strips depends on the strength of the product, the degree of discoloration, and how often the product is used. Results will vary and you shouldn’t use misleading commercial representation of the product as a guide.
Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
Another over-the-counter teeth whitening solution frequently used is paint-on teeth whiteners. This product is fairly inexpensive, but they are arguably less effective than professional whitening methods and whitening strips.
When using a paint-on teeth whitening product, you apply the gel directly to the tooth using a small brush that has been immersed in whitening gel. The whitening gel hardens into a film, covering the tooth and eventually dissolving in the mouth.
Teeth Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
If you are looking for the least expensive method for whitening your teeth, then you may want to consider whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. These products are made to have “whitening” capabilities, and use mild abrasives that work to remove surface stains. It’s important that you understand that these so-called whitening products do not really bleach the teeth like professional whitening procedures, and they cannot lighten the shade of your teeth. These products simply buff away minor staining and the results are not usually noticeable to anyone other than you.
Before beginning any type of teeth whitening regimen, it is a good idea to call our offices and speak with your dentist. At New Concept Dental, we believe that treating stained teeth is not just a science, but an art. It should be done under the direct supervision of a knowledgeable and trained, dental professional. If you are interested in learning more about the various teeth whitening methods, please give our practice a call to schedule a one-on-one consultation with your dentist today.