Teeth Whitening Methods: What’s Your Best Option?

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We all want a brighter, whiter smile. As the teeth-whitening market becomes increasingly oversaturated, it can be hard to determine which solution is best for you. New fad products like charcoal toothpastes or at home teeth whitening lights are currently making waves all over the Internet.

With so many options to choose from, our dentists at Park Avenue Dental want to help simplify it for you. Whether you are looking for at home or in-office treatments, we can help you at every step of the way.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Methods

Over the Counter Teeth Whiteners

Today, you can find teeth whitening strips or gels at nearly every convenient store. Most products are made of hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide, which helps remove surface stains. Over the counter teeth whiteners are easy to use and are one of the most affordable options on the market. However, over-the-counter whitening agents can have some downsides:

  • Over-the-counter whiteners are not custom to the patient
  • If you have gum or tooth sensitivity you may experience discomfort
  • Results may be inconsistent
  • Whitening strips and gels are unable to reach all parts of your tooth – could result in dark spots
  • Results are not immediate – it can take several applications to see any results

While there are more effective options for whiter teeth, over-the-counter teeth whiteners are a safe and affordable option.

Whitening Toothpastes

Whitening toothpastes are a great way to maintain your bright, white smile after you visit the dentist. Whitening toothpastes will not produce extremely noticeable results, but they can subtly improve the brightness of your smile while also removing surface stains. According to Mayo Clinic, whitening toothpastes will not change the natural color of your teeth, but can help fade away pre-existing stains on your teeth. This can mimic the effect of a whiter smile. Regular use of these products can help you achieve and maintain a whiter smile.

Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

Many dental offices—including Park Avenue Dental—offers at-home teeth whitening kits. At-home teeth whitening kits are typically more affordable than in-office treatments and can be done at your convenience in the comfort of your home. If you are going to be using this type of treatment, we strongly recommend you read the directions and talk to your dentist to ensure the best results. Take-home whitening kits can have great results if used properly.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening is one of the most effective methods to get the dazzling smile you desire. Unlike at-home methods, your dentist will be able to individually consult you on which option is best for you. Each session will be tailored specifically to you and your teeth’s needs to ensure the best results possible.

In-office teeth whitening methods use a bleach solution, not found in at-home treatments, which changes the color of your teeth. Our dentists are careful in their application of this treatment as your safety and satisfaction is our top priority. Most appointments take 30 to 60 minutes and results can be seen immediately after one visit!

Our in-office teeth whitening procedures are more effective and will last longer than over-the-counter options. Call us today to schedule your teeth whitening appointment!

Learn More About Teeth Whitening

If you’re looking for a brighter, whiter smile, talk to your dentist to discuss which option is best  for you. Park Avenue Dental can help with all your teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry needs.