Everyone wants a brighter, healthier smile and there are a myriad of teeth whitening products and techniques available. With so many choices, it can be difficult to choose the best method for you.
So, All Smiles Bethesda recommends scheduling a teeth whitening consultation with our trained dental staff to discuss the benefits of both in-office whitening and at-home whitening.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
All Smiles Bethesda performs this procedure is in our office. Our dental professional apples a whitening gel to your tooth’s surface. It takes approximately 90 minutes and you see results immediately.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
There are four common at-home teeth whitening methods you can use: tray whitening, paint-on teeth whiteners, teeth-whitening strips and whitening toothpaste and mouthwash.
Whitening gel is inserted custom-fitted trays fitting perfectly over your teeth. Peroxide in the gel breaks down as hydroxyradicals whiten discolored teeth. This process whitens all your natural teeth and have ingredients providing maximum comfort. It typically takes 10-14 days for it to work though you may notice results in three to five days.
This easily-accessible whitening product, commonly known as “paint-on” teeth whitener can purchased over-the-counter and are much more affordable than whitening strips or some professional options. They are a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Then, the paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film, coating the teeth, eventually dissolving in the mouth. We recommend a consultation before using this method.
Flexible plastic or polyethylene thin strips which have a hydrogen peroxide film on one side are used. Teeth-whitening strip kits have both strips for upper teeth and lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by putting the strips across your teeth then gently pressing the strips to ensure contact. They are worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. Types of teeth-whitening treatments vary.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
This is the most common and least expensive of all teeth-whitening options. Many toothpastes and mouthwashes now have “whitening” capabilities, gently removing surface stains using mild abrasives. These products do not, however, lighten the true color shade of the tooth. Additonally, whitening toothpastes only affect surface stains and mildly whiten your teeth.
To learn more about teeth whitening or schedule a consultation, call All Smiles Bethesda at (310) 984-9646.