In-Office Whitening Solutions
If you desire faster, more dramatic results, you can visit your dentist for more whitening options.
At-Home Whitening Trays
At-home whitening trays use a gel with a range of peroxide concentrations — usually between 10 to 38 percent carbamide peroxide — to gradually bleach your teeth. Your dentist will make a customized tray for the gel to fit comfortably over your teeth. The tray will minimize the amount of contact the gel has with your gums and help prevent irritation.
TO USE: Your dentist will provide instructions for placing the bleaching solution in the tray and how long to leave the tray on your teeth. At-home bleaching kits can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to reach the desired shade.
In-office whitening uses a peroxide gel even stronger than at-home options. Your dentist will shield your gums with a protective gel and then apply the whitening gel. He or she may shine a special light to get the reaction started. The whole process takes about an hour and can usually be accomplished in one visit, although more may be required.
Still, each person's teeth will respond differently to whitening treatments. Before you get started, talk to your dentist about the best option for you. Your dentist can answer any questions you might have about how to whiten your teeth through OTC or in-office treatments and help you make the best decision. Selecting the best teeth whitening method puts you one step closer to a brighter smile and memorable first impression.