There are a variety of ways to get whiter teeth. Between over the counter whitening strips, whitening toothpastes, and even teeth whitening services at your local dentist, you could be unsure which one is your best option. Below, the dentists at Park Avenue Dental have broken down each of the most popular teeth whitening methods to determine which is your best option.
Over the Counter Teeth Whiteners
Many drug stores and convenient stores carry teeth whiteners which either come in strips or gels. This whitening solution is made of hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide which helps remove surface stains. Over the counter teeth whiteners are easy to use and many times, are the most affordable option. However, over-the-counter whitening agents do come with several disadvantages.
First, over-the-counter whiteners are not custom to the patient; therefore, many patients with gum and teeth sensitivity can see burns or discomfort. Second, you may find this method has inconsistent results. Many whitening strips and gels are unable to get into the spaces between teeth or at the bottom of the tooth which could result in yellow spots. Finally, this method could take time. Most solutions take days, if not weeks before you start to see actual results. While there are better options for whiter teeth, over the counter teeth whiteners are safe.
Whitening toothpastes are a great way to maintain your bright, white smile; however, it may not produce the results you are looking for. Whitening toothpastes do not change the actual color of your teeth; they simply help improve the brightness of your smile and remove surface stains. Everyone’s teeth are different and come in many different shades; therefore, you may not get that bright white smile you have dreamed of with whitening toothpaste alone.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits
Many dental offices—including Park Avenue Dental—offers at-home teeth whitening kits. At-home teeth whitening kits can help you save money and allow you to whiten your teeth at your convenience. However, we do caution patients there can always be human error when whitening their own teeth. Before you apply the solution, always read the directions and talk to your dentist to completely understand how it works. 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 whitener teeth. Unlike at-home methods, your dentist can examine your entire mouth and stains and goals to determine which solution is best for you. Dentists can also get between teeth and improve the appearance of your entire mouth—not just what your gels can reach.
In-office teeth whitening methods use a bleach solution which changes the color of the tooth. Because of the bleach solution, your dentist ensures this gel does not encounter your gums to reduce sensitivity. Most appointments take 30 to 60 minutes and results can be seen after one visit.
Because in-office methods use bleaching products you can expect this method to last the longest. Tooth pastes and over the counter methods use weaker solutions which result in fading more quickly.
Learn More About Teeth Whitening
If you’re looking for a brighter, whiter smile, always talk to your dentist to discuss the effects of each solution. If you’re in the Gainesville, Florida area, contact Park Avenue Dental for all your teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry needs. We’re here to help improve your smile.