You'd probably like a white, bright smile. But what's the best teeth whitening option for you? Our dentists in Swift Current explain teeth whitening options and the impact they can have.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure designed to lighten the colour of your teeth using peroxide-based bleaching agents. Oxygen acts on the tooth enamel as the active ingredient breaks down. This creates the whitening effect.
What are my options for teeth whitening?
Many options for whitening your teeth are available today. It can be challenging to choose the right one, and each has its advantages and can offer positive results. Like with many procedures, there are also some disadvantages to each.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Your dentist can perform the most effective teeth whitening procedures at their dental office. This is because your dentist's gel contains whitening agents that are much stronger and produce much more effective results than over-the-counter products.
This procedure typically takes about an hour. First, the dentist will use a concentrated whitening solution to remove surface stains from your teeth and lighten their natural colour. This yields somewhat more efficient results than at-home whitening solutions, which take days or weeks to work.
At-Home Professional Teeth Whitening Trays
Your dentist will supervise the take-home option. During an initial visit to the dentist, a dental impression will be created to make your whitening trays.
You'll bring the trays home and manage the teeth whitening application yourself. You'll wear the whitening gel for between 30 minutes to a few hours each day, for 1 to 3 weeks depending on what's prescribed by your dentist.
The whitening solution will gradually remove surface stains from your teeth and lighten their natural colour.
Whitening toothpastes work to remove surface stains and slightly whiten your teeth. However, keep in mind that whitening toothpastes will not affect the natural colour of your teeth, and they will be unable to lighten stains that have penetrated below the tooth’s surface.
Enamel strengthening toothpastes can help to defend your teeth from cavities and protect your enamel from further damage, which can prevent stains from developing in the first place.
These small plastic strips are coated with peroxide-based gel. When you apply the strip to your teeth, the peroxide coating removes surface stains, lightening the colour of your teeth.
You would typically apply whitening strips daily for a 2- to 3-week period, and keep them on for no more than 30 minutes at a time. Because these products contain only a small amount of peroxide, you will usually see only subtle results.
Porcelain veneers are razor-thin strips of porcelain that are affixed to the fronts of your teeth to improve their colour, shape and symmetry.
If only one or a few of your teeth are discoloured, porcelain veneers may be a practical solution to even out the colour of your teeth.
How do I know which are the best teeth whitening products?
The best teeth whitening products for you will depend on a number of factors, from personal preference to the time you have available in your schedule, and your budget. You may want to consider looking up teeth whitening reviews online for tips and ideas from other people who have opted to take the professional and/or at-home route.