Teeth whitening, also known as dental bleaching, is a common procedure done at our office that will provide you with a bright, white smile. There are numerous teeth whitening products and options, from strips, toothpastes, rinses and other whitening products available at our dentist’s office. In office teeth whitening is an ideal procedure for patients who have healthy teeth with no fillings. People with a yellow tone to their teeth can also benefit from many teeth whitening procedures, restoring their confidence and allowing them to greet people with a beautiful white smile. Many whitening products provide results over time, whereas in office whitening can provide results in as soon as 30 minutes.
While many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get just from brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing regularly, others may need additional care to help get that bright smile. If you are someone who is interested in teeth whitening products and methods, it may be helpful to investigate your options before deciding on the best treatment path for you. Below you will find information on a handful of the most common professional and at-home teeth whitening options. If you have any questions or are interested in getting whiter teeth today, do not hesitate to contact us.
Professional In Office Teeth Whitening
If you are looking for immediate whitening results, having your teeth whitened by Dr. Nishimura is your best option. The procedure typically takes around sixty to ninety minutes and is called ‘chairside bleaching’. Dr. Nishimura will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the gum tissues and then apply a bleaching agent. In some cases a special light is used to enhance the bleaching agent. You may need to make more than one office visit in order to see best results.
Teeth Whitening Toothpastes
While all toothpastes work to remove surface stains, there are some that are more geared towards whitening than others. Whitening toothpastes only work to remove these surface stains and often contain gentle polishing or chemical agents to help do so, but they do not contain bleaching products. It is important to note that whitening toothpastes typically only lighten a tooth’s color by about one shade whereas in office teeth whitening methods can make your teeth up to eight shades lighter.
Teeth Whitening Strips and Gels
Teeth whitening over-the-counter gels are hydrogen peroxide-based and can be applied with a small brush. Most products state you should apply the gel twice a day for 14 days. You should see white teeth within a few days and you may not need the treatment again for about four months. Whitening strips are another popular choice that can be purchased at your local drug or grocery store. They are thin, virtually invisible, and coated with a peroxide-based whitening gel. You should apply the strips twice daily for 14 days and leave them on for about 30 minutes. Your teeth should stay whiter for about four months as well.
Teeth Whitening Rinses
A newer whitening method, rinses work by freshening up your breath, reducing dental plaque and helping to stave off gum disease. They also contain ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide that work to whiten the teeth. However, this method may take over 12 weeks before you will see any results.
Tray-Based Teeth Whitening
These products contain peroxide bleaching agents and typically come as a gel that is then placed in a mouth guard. The mouth guard, or tray, is worn for a period of time, typically from a couple of hours each day to every night for four weeks or longer.
Paint-On Teeth Whitening
This method allows you to apply the bleaching agent directly to your teeth by ‘painting’ the whitener onto the surface of clean, dry teeth. Wait about 30 minutes for the paint to turn to a dry film and then simply brush your teeth to remove the film.
Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic dentistry procedure with many different options, allowing you to go with the method best for you. If you are interested in learning more about our in office teeth whitening services, please contact us today.