If you’ve been considering teeth whitening then you probably are aware of how many countless options are available out there. But if you want the absolute best results then you’ve probably narrowed down your choices to either an in-office dentist whitening, take home bleaching trays or whitening strips. These probably work better and quicker than any other whitening products out there. These methods directly apply a high concentration of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to your teeth surfaces to help whiten them.
In-office dentist whitening – This is the type of whitening you can only receive at the dentist. There will probably be an exam and cleaning before you start the whitening. Your dentist will isolate your teeth and gums and places a barrier to protect your gums. The whitening gels dentists use are very strong and this needs to be done to protect your gums if any seepage occurs. After this workup the whitening gel will be applied to your teeth surfaces to begin the process. Treatment usually takes an hour or so. Most in-office whitening treatments also include a light source which acts as an accelerant to expedite the process and give you even better results.
Bleaching trays – These are custom trays that are made by your dentist to fit your teeth. You place the whitening gel in the trays and position them on to your teeth. The whitening gel comes in contact with teeth and starts to whiten them gradually.
Whitening strips – These work pretty much the same as custom trays do but the difference is you can buy these over-the-counter. They use strips that you directly apply to your teeth without the need for a custom tray. The gel within the strips is applied to your teeth and starts to whiten them. In terms of results, these are pretty comparable to custom trays and will be discussed together herein.
Pros of in-office whitening
1. Only a dentist can use the strongest whitening gel solutions. At home whitening products including bleaching trays and whitening strips can only use a concentration of up to 16 percent carbamide peroxide (or its equivalent in hydrogen peroxide). Dentists are allowed to use concentrations as high as 40 percent carbamide peroxide which is basically two to three times stronger. Highly concentrated whitening gel can damage your teeth and gums and should only be used by an experienced professional. Now keep in mind that double the concentration doesn’t mean you will get your teeth twice as white, it just means that you should probably expect better and quicker results.
helpful hint – The whitening brand which your dentist uses is the most important factor in getting good results, not the concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. If your dentist is using a reputable brand then expect to pay a few hundred bucks for the whitening treatment. If you see a bargain advertisement for an in-office whitening then chances are they either aren’t using a reliable whitening product or they are planning on giving you take home trays instead of an in-office procedure.
2. Fastest results and even faster when an accelerant is used. Since dentists use a high concentration of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide so you get better and faster results. And if your dentist uses a light source as an accelerant it will work even faster and better. These light source which are an LED, halogen or plasma arc light are used to help break down the whitening gel into its ingredients and will speed up the activation of the whitening gel for even speedier and better results.
3. The whitening will be applied within a controlled environment. The fact that you have a professional administering the whitening can be beneficial for many reasons.
- Your dentist can determine if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. Certain teeth shades and stains don’ t do as well with the stronger whitening procedures.
- They can examine your teeth for any fillings or crowns which may interfere with the results
- They can remove any plaque, tartar or stains from your teeth surfaces to allow the gel to better come into contact with your teeth
- They can cover any sensitive areas with a barrier so prevent the gel from affecting it and causing sensitivity
- They can apply the whitening gel carefully and evenly to give you uniform results
- They can monitor the procedure and stop it if you start becoming too sensitive
- They can apply fluoride and desensitizing agents if required before or after treatment or even make you a custom fluoride gel tray to treat the worse cases of tooth sensitivity