3 Ways to Whiten Teeth

A simple shift in the shade of your tooth color can lift your confidence to new highs! A bright and beautiful smile can help you in creating social contacts and give a head start in your career. Are you curious about the do’s and don’ts of teeth whitening? Or are you looking for the best method that can give you optimum results? Well you are in luck! We are always happy to guide you.

What Is Teeth Whitening?

It is a cosmetic procedure that removes stains and discoloration on your teeth. It can be done at home or in a dental clinic. At 5th Avenue Dental, Dr. Plaster will advise you the best option after a thorough clinical examination. You can always book your ‘no-pressure’ consultation at our clinic to know more about this.

What Are The Different Methods Of Teeth Whitening?

According to literature, ‘professional’ teeth whitening and the ‘at-home’ whitening method are the principal variants of this dental procedure. However, due to the advancements in dental materials, many over-the-counter tooth whitening products are also commercially available.

1. Over-the-counter tooth whitening products

Teeth whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, whitening strips, chewing gums and even special toothbrushes are a few examples of over-the-counter products. If the stains are extrinsic, i.e., limited to enamel, and you are looking for a cost-effective option, then this may be something for you.

Tooth whitening toothpaste contain special ingredients that set them apart from the regular ones. They have mild abrasive and polishing agents that act against the extrinsic stains. Similarly, tooth whitening gums and mouthwashes have a mild bleaching effect on teeth. The bristles in the whitening toothbrush are arranged in a particular way, and this functional component helps in tooth whitening. Usually, strips are a bit more effective than other over-the-counter products. They have higher levels of bleaching agents that help to get better and quicker results.

The success of treatment with over-the-counter whitening products is usually unpredictable. You must follow the instruction manual strictly. Apart from this, they work only against surface stains. It is not a one-sitting treatment, unlike professional teeth whitening. You may have to wait for months to see the results and it is a one-size fits all option, meaning that they may not fit your teeth properly resulting in less than optimal results.

2. At-home tooth whitening trays and gels

You can buy the whitening kits that contain trays and bleaching gel from the store. Again however, the trays are not custom fabricated and so carry the risk of tooth sensitivity and gum damage. You may have gum infection or ulcers post-bleaching. Moreover, the strength of the bleaching agents in such products is substantially less than professional kits. Thus, they take more time to show the desired results.

On the contrary, you can also ask for a ‘take-away’ teeth whitening kit from your dental practice. The kit will have bleaching trays that will be made specially to fit in your mouth, i.e., you will get custom-made trays. Thus, the chances of gum irritation and other mishaps are reduced. Moreover, the kit also includes whitening products with a higher concentration of bleaching acids to give you a brighter smile within a shorter duration.

If Dr. Plaster prescribes an ‘at-home’ teeth whitening, the dental team will also teach you the correct method for using the kit. Usually, you must wear the trays with a prescribed amount of gel overnight for few days or for a week. The duration depends on your current clinical situation. If you experience any discomfort during the treatment, you can call our office to schedule a check-up appointment.

3. Professional teeth whitening

The professional variant of this is done by a dentist in a clinic. You are under the supervision of a trained professional, and so the chances of error are minimized. Moreover, your dentist will use whitening solution with a higher concentration of bleaching agents. In the chairside method, your dentist will also employ special instruments like lasers or ultraviolet light to boost the penetration of the bleaching agents. This step helps to get rid of ingrained stains. You can go home with a whiter smile. Usually, this process can be completed in a single sitting. However, you may need a revisit if the stains are generalized or if the clinical condition warrants it.

The benefits of professional teeth whitening are many. As discussed above, you can get instant results. This method is more effective than over-the-counter products and the at-home kits because a stronger variant of bleaching agent is used. Unlike the over-the-counter products, you can be sure of what to expect.

Professional teeth whitening is an investment that will give you good returns. Your dentist will use proper instruments and materials to isolate the teeth from the rest of your oral cavity. This step is essential to prevent gum irritation.

Which is the best teeth whitening method?

There are plenty of choices available in terms of teeth whitening methods. You may pick up a whitening toothpaste from the supermarket and later get disheartened if you don’t get the results you wanted. Professional or chair-side teeth whitening works the best for most of the cases we have seen. Nevertheless, there are few contraindications for teeth whitening. If you have multiple decays needing fillings, tooth fracture or severe gum infection, you should talk with your dentist before thinking about trying to whiten your teeth.

Teeth whitening at 5th Avenue Dental:

You are second to none and deserve your own unique, sparkling smile. Whether it’s your wedding day or you have quit smoking, there can be a variety of reasons for choosing teeth whitening. So, don’t sit back. Take a step towards a beautiful smile by booking your appointment at 5th Avenue Dental. Call us at (509) 822-2884.


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