What Teeth Whitening Options Are There?
Whitening methods range from powerful gels that can only be applied by a professional to lower-dose products you can use at home. In general, professional treatments will achieve quicker results but will also be more expensive.
- Professional Teeth Whitening — This process involves the use of high-concentration whitening gels that are not available over the counter, as they would be less safe or less predictable if used at home.
- In-Office Whitening Systems — Your dentist will apply a gel to your teeth and leave it on for about an hour. A heat or light source (sometimes a laser) may be used during the process to increase the bleaching action. Read more about In-Office Teeth Whitening Systems.
- Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening — These products contain lower concentrations of bleach but can be effective over time if used as directed. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on whitening products and consult your dentist for recommendations.
- Take-Home Whitening — Your dentist will give you custom-made mouth trays made of thin, flexible plastic that you will fill with whitening gel and then leave on your teeth for a prescribed period of time. Read more about Take Home Whitening.
- Whitening Strips — These resemble clear adhesive bandages that are stuck onto the teeth and left there usually for 30 minutes at a time, twice a day for a week or two. Read more about Whitening Strips.
- Brush-On Whitening — These gels are painted directly onto the teeth with a small brush and sometimes left overnight. Read more about Brush-On Whitening.
- Whitening Gum — If you are already a habitual gum-chewer, you might want to try this relatively new form of whitening. You may need to chew up to eight pieces a day to see results. Read more about Whitening Gum.
- Whitening Toothpastes — remove surface stains and plaque with special chemical or polishing agents. Unlike bleaches, they do not change the actual colour of teeth.
What Are the Risks of Teeth Whitening?
The main risk is tooth sensitivity following bleaching and that varies with a given product’s concentration and the amount of time it is left on the teeth. If sensitivity does occur, it usually lasts no more than one to four days. Gums can also become irritated on contact with bleaching solutions or by an ill-fitting mouth tray. It’s important to wipe off excess gel from your gums during whitening and to inform your dentist of any problems.
How Long Do the Results Last?
No matter which whitening method you choose, you will probably find that the results fade over time. Whitening usually lasts from six months to two years, though longer-lasting results have been reported.
How Can I Maintain My White Smile?
You can make the brightness last longer by avoiding the foods such as red wine,strong tea & coffee,blueberries etc. especially during the time you are bleaching and for the following week. Some individuals may need a touch-up whitening treatment in the dentist’s office or at home once or twice each year.
Key Benefits of Teeth Whitening
- Corrects brown, yellow and spotted tooth staining
- Recommended for all patients 16 years or older
- Is a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and brings a smile alive