We all want whiter teeth. Whitening your teeth is a simple way to improve the overall appearance of your smile, and it’s fairly easy to accomplish results at home! Over-the-counter whitening products have become very popular. But how do they compare to in-office whitening treatments?
Over the Counter Bleaching:
You can whiten your teeth at home with whitestrips or whitening trays. Whitestrips are thin, flexible strips you apply to teeth once a day for 30 minutes. The strips are coated with a whitening gel and contain low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. If you choose an over-the-counter option, Dr. Giaquinto recommends using Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips. Whitening trays are one-size-fits-all disposable trays you fit over your teeth that contain the same hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide solutions. This method however, has been known to cause gum irritation due to ill-fitting trays.
The FDA does not monitor at-home whitening methods, and we have found that many are not effective. In addition, many who use these products report increased sensitivity, and in some cases, even damaged gums.
In Office Whitening:
At Cottonwood Dental, before we whiten your teeth, Dr. Giaquinto examines your teeth to ensure that there aren’t any serious dental health problems that need to be addressed first, such as cavities or gingivitis. Dr. Giaquinto will also look at any dental restorations you may have, like crowns or veneers to be sure that those don’t also have discolorations. Then, Dr. Giaquinto will apply a protective substance on your gums to prevent excessive sensitivity. Our whitening regimen also includes the Luma light, which activates the bleaching process. In-office whitening takes one to two hours, and is very effective.
If you want a brighter smile, contact Cottonwood Dental. In-office methods are considered to be the fastest, most effective, and safest ways to whiten teeth.