There are many ways to whiten your teeth, including toothpastes, over-the-counter gels, rinses, strips, and trays. However, to get the best and fastest results, make an appointment to see your dentist. The whitening products used by dentists and other dental professionals are the safest and most sure way to see immediate results. Some procedures are done in office and some are at home; make an appointment today to see which type of teeth whitening is best for you!
Tray-Based Tooth Whiteners
Tray-based tooth whiteners are custom made trays, similar to a mouth-guard, that are made at your dentist’s office. The trays are filled with a whitening solution, which generally contains a peroxide-bleaching agent. The trays are usually worn for a couple of hours a day to every night for up to four weeks. Treatment length depends on the degree of discoloration of the teeth and the desired level of whitening. The whitening procedure can be done at home and requires no additional appointments or procedures.
Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gel
We offer the Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gel system for at home teeth whitening. The Opalescence system is only available through a dentist so that your treatment can be supervised from the initial consultation through completion. The Opalescence Whitening Gel is a sticky, viscous gel that will not irritate the gums. Plus, most formulations include Potassium Fluoride hich has been shown to improve oral health by strengthening the enamel and decreasing sensitivity.
The Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gel is a powerful prescription strength whitening tooth, customized with varying levels of carbamide peroxide for your whitening needs. The Opalescence Whitening system can provide results in as little as one night, though most results are seen within a week.
Custom bleaching trays will be made specifically for your mouth from alginate impressions taken by your dentist. These custom trays ensure that your whitening products are evenly placed on the teeth and help ensure that your results are amazing. You can further customize your Opalescence whitening Gel by choosing from five formulations and three flavors (mint, melon, and regular).
At Home Whitening vs. Dentist-Supervised Teeth Whitening
While the many teeth whitening products available at your local pharmacy offer a certain degree of convenience, they are not likely to offer you to the results you are hoping to achieve. In order to see whiter teeth quickly, it may be necessary to see your dentist and discuss your options. There are big differences in the products you can buy at the store and those procedures done at the dentists’ office, including:
1. Strength of bleaching agent. Over the counter and dentist-supervised at-home products usually contain a lower strength bleaching agent. Usually, these products will have only 10% to 22% carbamide peroxide (whitening agent) compared to 15% to %43% carbamide peroxide in whitening products professionally applied at the dentists’ office.
2. Ill-fitting mouthpiece trays. Dentist-supervised at-home whitening trays are made using an impression of your mouth. Each tray is custom made to fit your mouth exactly. This customization allows the whitening gel maximum contact with your teeth. However, over-the-counter tray whiteners use a “one-size-fits-all” approach. The trays are not designed to fit your mouth exactly. Too large or too small of a tray can cause gum and soft tissue irritation and the whitening gels won’t whiten teeth evenly.
3. Best Treatment Plan. Over-the-counter whitening treatments are not designed to work for your specific needs. In a dentists office, your dentist will perform a complete oral exam to determine if whitening is the best course of action for your case and what type of whitening treatment will best fix the discoloration of your teeth.