Who doesn’t want bright, healthy teeth? Like everything in our bodies, our teeth need proper care in order to be healthy. Our love of morning coffee is also evident from the stubborn stains on our teeth. However, if there’s a will to get that perfect smile, there’s a way (or many ways)!

Teeth whitening is one of the highest demanded cosmetic dental procedures, so you’re not alone. The good news is that there are a variety of teeth whitening options to choose from. A suitable teeth whitening method depends on your convenience, budget, dental health and your dentist’s advice. You can either opt for an at-home method or try an in-office treatment. Here are a few things to consider to make the best decision for you:

In-Office Treatments

If you’d rather leave it up to the pros, the whitening treatment performed by a trained dental professional, an in-office treatment, is probably the way to go. You can get visible results in just a single visit because of the high-concentration bleaching agents used by dentists. Numerous in-office whitening procedures like Zoom, Britesmile, Opalescence, and Lumibrite whitening are now available.

The procedure may last from 30 to 60 minutes, including the ‘prep’ time and application of bleaching gel (sometimes in high-intensity light). Initially, you can expect to experience tooth sensitivity for a few days. The results will last up to several months with proper care and follow-up visits.

Second Options

Another option is an at-home teeth whitening kit containing whitening trays and gels. You can either buy them over the counter or get customized ones from your dentist to fit your jaw perfectly. The clear trays contain peroxide gel, a bleaching agent, which lightens the discoloration on your teeth.

You can wear the tray overnight or for a couple of hours. Based on your whitening needs and dental condition, you can use them for 3 to 7 days. This whitening process is much slower than in-office treatments.

Whitening toothpastes and strips are readily available at drugstores. The mild abrasives present in whitening toothpastes help lighten the stains without altering the natural color of the teeth. Some toothpastes help fill the micro-cracks in the tooth enamel. Even though, the results are not too prominent, your teeth will get a more polished and slick appearance. You can use them to maintain the results of teeth bleaching.

The last option is whitening strips, which are thin plastic tapes coated with peroxide. Apply them to the front of the teeth for 30 minutes every day, and then throw them away. Continue this for about two weeks to get results. Most people have a difficult time consistently using teeth whitening strips.

Consult Your Local Dentist

A wide range of teeth whitening products like flosses, gums and mouthwashes can come in handy to maintain the sparkle of your smile. The results are not visible but it’s always beneficial to maintain oral hygiene to get whiter, cleaner teeth. Your local dentist will be able to make the best recommendations to help improve your smile!

If you’d like to explore the options for teeth whitening, contact your local McKinney, Rowlett, Sherman, Greenville, Rio Bravo or Montgomery dental offices for more information, costs and procedures.