Is your smile as bright and white as you want it to be? Many of our patients are not happy with the color of their teeth. The good news is that there are many teeth whitening options available. Here are some of them.
Over the Counter Strips and Gels
One of the easiest and fastest ways to whiten your teeth a shade or two is to use the strips and bleaching gels available at your local pharmacy. These are inexpensive and easy to use.
There are a few caveats to keep in mind, however. First, if you experience any gum irritation, stop using it right away and see your dentist. Because the trays don’t fit your teeth perfectly, there’s a greater chance that the solution will irritate your gums than if you were using custom trays. Secondly, follow the directions carefully; some of these products are not meant to be used for more than a week or two.
Teeth Whitening Toothpastes
If you’ve got some staining on your teeth that regular brushing isn’t removing (and you’ve seen your hygienist for a professional cleaning within the past six months), whitening toothpaste can smooth out those stains and restore your white teeth. This product will not whiten all of your teeth or make a noticeable difference if you don’t have staining, however; they really only work by removing stains.
Custom-Designed Bleaching Trays
For the most effective teeth whitening option, you’ll need to see your dentist for a custom-fit bleaching tray and solution. This is a more expensive option than using the type bought at your local pharmacy, but it’s also usually a more effective option. It also tends not to be as irritating to the gums because the solution fits into the trays, which fit your teeth perfectly.
If you want to explore teeth whitening options, give us a call to make an appointment. We want your smile to shine as brightly as you do, and we can help. Call today!