We’ve all seen the commercials for over-the-counter teeth whitening systems and products. At this point, whiteners seem to be ubiquitous – they’re in our toothpaste, in our mouthwashes and even in our chewing gum! With that much whitening power, you would think that we’d all have radiantly sparkling smiles, but some teeth whitening methods just don’t work as well as others.
Different Types of Discoloration
Whitening products cover different types of discoloration. Non-bleaching products, like your toothpaste, use cleaning agents to remove dirt and debris from the surface of the teeth, making them whiter. Bleaching products remove surface stains and some embedded staining.
What Works Best
The products that work best to remove the stains on your teeth are teeth bleaching products. There are a variety of these available on the market, in both over-the-counter and prescription strengths.
The most common ones you will find are over-the-counter strips, trays and whiteners, which contain a solution of 10 percent or less peroxide to bleach the teeth. These can remove surface stains over time, but their effects are not as lasting as the teeth bleaching products your Norcross dentist can provide.
What the Dentist Offers
Your cosmetic dentist can offer you your choice of two highly effective whitening treatments. These are, by far, the best possible whitening methods available. You can choose to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home by using a prescribed whitening kit or you can choose to have your teeth whitened several shades very quickly by having an in-office whitening treatment.
With each of these treatments, your dentist will use a solution with a high concentration of peroxide to bleach away surface and embedded stains, leaving your teeth noticeably whiter. The in-office treatment typically takes around an hour to give you teeth that are several shades whiter almost immediately, whereas the at-home treatments may take a few more days to achieve similar results.