3. Teeth Whitening Trays
Teeth whitening trays include one or more mouthguard-like trays with a gel-based whitening solution. You can buy teeth whitening trays at the store, or your dentist can create custom trays for you to use with a professionally dispensed whitening product. If you work with your dentist, they will take an impression of the teeth, and then your tray is made to fit your mouth. Over-the-counter trays have a lower concentration of peroxide than what is available from an in-office procedure. Just like whitening strips, teeth whitening trays may have to be used multiple days a week for up to two weeks for the best results.
4. In-Office Dental Whitening Treatment
In-office whitening treatments at your dentist's office can have excellent results. First, your dentist will place a protective coating on the gum tissue and lips to protect them from the harsh whitening ingredients. Next, your dentist will apply the whitening gel and shine an ultraviolet lamp onto the teeth to activate the treatment. This process usually features a higher concentration of whitening ingredients than you'll find in products in the store. While in-office treatments cost more than over-the-counter products, the results are typically better and last longer.
Considerations Before Choosing Whitening Treatments
Teeth whitening results are not permanent and typically require touchups and further treatment to maintain whitening. As we continue to eat and drink acidic or dark-colored foods and beverages, our teeth can accumulate surface stains.
It's important to have proper oral hygiene habits before any teeth whitening treatment. Take care of any cavities or gingivitis. Otherwise, you may experience tooth sensitivity issues or gum inflammation. Speak with your dentist before using any teeth whitening treatment to ensure the safest way to achieve a whiter smile with the best possible results.
Keeping a healthy smile is of utmost importance, and maintaining good oral hygiene will keep your smile looking brighter longer. Store-bought whitening products are cost-effective and easy-to-use. However, whitening treatment at your dentist's office can have longer-lasting results. Your dental professional can make recommendations and advise you on the best whitening treatment for you.