There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a whiter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING
The first professional option is commonly referred to as “in-office” whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office. An in-office whitening treatment may include the use of a whitening lamp or laser to enhance the effectiveness of the whitening gel by accelerating the peroxide.
During an office visit, your dental professional will apply the whitening gel and, depending on the system being used, will shine a light source directly onto the teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes with immediate results.
AT-HOME TEETH WHITENING
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes 10-14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
PAINT-ON TEETH WHITENERS
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one type of readily accessible whitening product is commonly referred to as “paint-on” teeth whiteners. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter and are generally less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the treated tooth and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with a dental professional before treating discolored teeth.
TEETH WHITENING STRIPS
Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide bleaching on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The bleaching agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips into place to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
TEETH WHITENING TOOTHPASTE AND MOUTHWASH
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike bleaching materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.
OPALESCENCE TEETH WHITENING
Many factors, including dietary habits (drinking coffee, tea, soda, and red wine) and certain medications, affect the whiteness of your smile. Tooth whitening is an affordable and effective way to combat common causes of tooth discoloration while boosting your self-confidence and improving your appearance.
Opalescence® offers a wide range of tooth-whitening products designed to brighten your smile. With custom designed take home, on-the-go, and in-office options, Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems accommodate all lifestyles and budgets.
Prescription-strength Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems are stronger and more effective than over-the-counter teeth-whitening products, and are only available through your dentist.
Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are only available through your dentist. While using the Opalescence Tooth Whitening System, your dentist will supervise your treatment from initial consultation through completion. The special whitening gel will not affect your gums, and in many cases can help improve your oral health by strengthening tooth enamel, decreasing sensitivity, and offering increased cavity prevention.
Powerful, prescription-strength Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are available in varying strengths depending on your dental needs. Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels can provide results after just one night, although results may vary and can take up to a week before you experience noticeable changes.
Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are delivered through customized bleaching trays designed to fit your unique smile. Your dentist will create your personal trays from an alginate impression of your mouth; this customization is part of what makes Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels so effective.
Further customize your Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gel experience by choosing from the five different treatment options: Opalescence, Opalescence® Tréswhite Supreme™, Opalescence® BOOST, and Opalescence after care toothpastes, toothbrushes, OpalPix®. Talk with your dentist about what options are available to you.
LUMIBRITE™ PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING
The Lumibrite professional teeth whitening system is a safe, gentle, and effective way to whiten teeth and achieve that bright, healthy, youthful looking smile you’ve always wanted. Lumibrite whitening can make your smile over seven shades brighter in one office visit!
If you’re wondering, how you can improve the look and feel of your smile, be sure to ask your dentist about Lumibrite teeth whitening during your next office visit.
WHAT CAUSES TOOTH DISCOLORATION?
Tooth discoloration can be caused by genetics and aging, as well as from certain types of medication, smoking, certain foods and beverages, poor oral hygiene, or a combination of several things.
MY TEETH ARE NOT AS WHITE AS I’D LIKE THEM TO BE. AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A TEETH WHITENING PROCEDURE?
If you’re interested in having a brighter, whiter smile, talk to your doctor during your next office visits to learn more about your options. The Lumibrite whitening system is a great way to achieve a whiter smile, and your doctor can provide more information as well as answer any questions you may have.
I HAVE SENSITIVE TEETH. CAN I STILL HAVE MY TEETH PROFESSIONALLY WHITENED?
Lumibrite whitening is designed for all patients, even those with sensitive teeth. The unique Lumibrite whitening gel may actually help prevent tooth sensitivity. Talk your doctor to find out if the Lumibrite tooth whitening is the right choice for you and your smile.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO NOTICE A DIFFERENCE IN THE COLOR OF MY SMILE?
Lumibrite provides one of the most efficient teeth whitening procedures available. In just 30 minutes, you will be able to start sharing your beautiful smile with your family, friends, and everybody that you meet.
HOW DOES THE LUMIBRITE WHITENING SYSTEM WORK?
Lumibrite is a revolutionary teeth whitening system that combines the powerful effects of the Lumibrite Plasma Arc Light, along with professional-grade teeth whitening gel. The combination of light and gel work together to give you a whiter, more stunning smile in less time than other forms of teeth whitening.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Lumibrite teeth whitening system, and how a brighter, whiter smile can change your life, then please contact our practice to schedule an appointment today.