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What is Teeth Whitening?

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to improve your smile is to have your teeth whitened. Most teeth whitening systems use a peroxide based gel or paste that is applied to the teeth either through a tray or mouth guard or by being brushed directly on to the surface of the teeth. To achieve the whitest teeth; an in-office whitening system which uses heat, lasers or light may be used with a bleaching agent.

In-office treatments use a highly concentrated bleaching agent producing higher results in a shorter time frame as compared to at-home treatments.

You and your dentist will determine which system is right for you based on the amount and type of discoloration along with general overall oral health. Your dentist may suggest an at-home system or may recommend one that they supervise. At-home whitening systems will produce mild whitening results while dentist-supervised treatments produce much more dramatic results.

Types of Teeth Whitening Systems:

The most common and affordable types of teeth whitening systems are over-the-counter gels or strips. These treatments are easy to use and will generally produce noticeable results in just a few days. Typically these systems will increase tooth whiteness by a full shade or more but will not achieve the dramatic whitening increase you would get with in-office treatments.

  • Strip Whitening
    • With a strip whitening system, nearly invisible strips which contain a peroxide based whitening agent are attached to the teeth twice daily and worn for a period of about 14 days. Final results can last for about 4 months.
  • Gel Whitening
    • Gel whitening systems involve brushing a peroxide based gel directly to the surface of the teeth. It is important to follow the directions specific to the gel as they can vary from gel to gel depending on strength and desired whitening results. Like strip whitening systems, the initial results may appear within a few days of starting treatment and the final results will last for about 4 months.
  • Tray Whitening System
    • Tray whitening systems involve filling a specially designed tray or mouth guard with a gel containing a bleaching agent. The tray is worn for a period of time which can range from a few hours daily to overnight for a set period of time. Like other systems, the length of time that the tray is worn will vary depending on the severity of the discoloration at the start of treatment and the desired whiteness.

In-Office Whitening

Teeth whitening systems done in-office and under the supervision of a Brighter Dental Dentist will produce the fastest and most dramatic teeth whitening results. In these systems a whitening agent may be applied to the tooth surface and then exposed to heat, cool laser or light to activate the whitening agent. In some cases dramatic whitening can be achieved in as little as one 30-60 minute visit. But most may require several visits to achieve the whitening level desired.


What’s better: At-Home Treatments or Dentist Supervised Ones?

While either type will certainly produce some whitening results, dentist supervised treatments will produce the most dramatic results. At-home treatments will be less expensive than in-office treatments but will not produce the same level of whitening.

One thing to consider is that with in-office treatments, your dentist will also perform an overall inspection of your mouth to determine your oral health. This may be important in determining exactly which type of treatment may be right for you or to determine if you are even a good candidate for whitening.

Give Brighter Dental a call today and see if teeth whitening can give you the ‘movie star smile’ you deserve!