Getting one’s teeth whitened has become exponentially easier than in the past. It’s a booming market since people know that having a white smile is far more than just a vanity project. Knowing that their teeth are not yellow or discolored can be a huge boost to one’s confidence – which can result in better things happening in their work and personal life.
One doesn’t have to look too far, either, While people may tout various home remedies, it’s often best to leave it to the professionals. There are several ways that one can accomplish their goal of whitening their teeth.
Toothpaste and Mouthwash
Both the toothpaste and the mouthwash contain hydrogen peroxide, the main thing that whitens the teeth. But they are slow to work because of a couple of factors:
- Both of them have a lower amount of the peroxide than the other choices. This means that it will not be as fast in bleaching the teeth. People brush their teeth the normal way, preferably with an electric toothbrush. They then swish the mouthwash like any other mouthwash.
- Neither the toothpaste nor the mouthwash are in the mouth or on the teeth for very long. One would brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day and the mouthwash would generally be rinsed for a minute afterwards. That’s six minutes a day. This option is for people who are doing long-range planning and may have less of a budget. Neither option is significantly more expensive than other toothpaste and mouth washing options, which can ease the burden on one’s wallet.
These strips are often made by the same companies that make the toothpaste and mouthwash, so they are definitely approved by the American Dental association. People affix them to the row of teeth that they want to improve and then leave them there for roughly 45 minutes. This is repeated over a couple of weeks until the results are satisfactory.
Whitening strips will get faster results than the toothpaste/mouthwash combination due to their higher percentage of peroxide. It’s still wise to leave a several-week window open to get the best results, since it still takes some time to whiten the teeth since the strips only stay on for so long.
In The Dentist’s Office
Patients can come to their dentist to get their teeth whitened.When they get there,they can choose from two options, both of which get very fast results:
- In-office – Patients who pick this one will see their teeth get noticeable whiter in one session. The dentist will use a gel with a very high amount of peroxide. They may even use lasers or other light spectrums. Since this is immediate, this is the most expensive one out of all them, typically costing $500 or so. This is ideal for patients who may have a trip soon or a function or date that they want to show off their best smile.
- At-home trays – This is a more customizable option. The dentist will fill a series of mouthpieces, also called trays, with gel. The patient then wears a tray for a specified amount of time a day, moving on to the next one each day until the desired result is reached. It’s faster than the whitening strips thanks to the higher concentration of peroxide. The cost is usually higher than the at-home strips but less than the in-office treatment.
Everything depends on the individual budget and needs of the person getting their teeth whitened. It doesn’t have to be a scary process – and they can always consult with their dentist if they are unsure of what to do. Of course, they should explain their timetable when they do contact them.
The staff at Esthetix Dental Spa know just how important having a white smile can be to people. They are very experienced at bringing out the best shade and will work closely with their patients. People in or near Fort Washington should give them a call at 212-795-9675.