Whitening your teeth can be done with over-the-counter products or by your Dentist. Before choosing to use either method be sure to discuss it with your Dentist as individuals with certain dental work (such as bridges and crowns), infected gums, and sensitive or discolored teeth may not be good candidates for the teeth whitening procedure. Whitening treatments can last from 4-12 months depending on what you eat/drink and the whitening treatment you choose.
Types of Whiteners
Over-the-Counter whitening kits
- When choosing a store bought whitening kit, be sure to select one that is approved by the American Dental Association. These types of kits need to be used for 7-30 days to have their full effect on your teeth. Results are not guaranteed and will often vary by person.
There are two types of Dentist-supervised whitening treatments. These treatments offer more significant tooth whitening results than the store bought options.
- Option 1: An in-office whitening treatment that takes approximately 45 minutes and generally whitens teeth from 5-10 shades.
- Option 2: A Dentist quality take-home kit that provides greater whitening results than store-bought kits because of a higher concentration of the whitening agent.
If an in-office whitening treatment is right for you, the process can be completed by your Dentist in just 45 minutes. The process itself is simple and painless.
- First, your Dentist will make sure that only your teeth are exposed by covering up your lips and gums.
- Then the professional-strength whitening gel is applied to your teeth.
- A special light is then used for 15 minutes to promote the whitening of your teeth.
- Finally, the application of the gel & 15 minutes of light exposure are repeated two more times.