There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile; however, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. Schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening, at-home whitening, and over the counter products.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
This procedure is performed in a dental office due to the strength and complexity of the solution it needs to be applied by a dental professional. During an appointment, your dental professional will protect your gums and apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. Here at Newport Mesa, we use Kor Whitening. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes and you will be able to see results immediately. You can read more here on the Kor website! https://www.korwhitening.com/how-does-kor-work/
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth by curving around the tooth and contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort and efficiency. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days. Depending on the gel we decide to use in the office you may be wearing the gel anywhere from 15 minutes to during the night while you sleep.
Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one type of readily accessible whitening products is commonly referred to as a “paint-on” teeth whitener. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth-whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with a dental professional before use.
Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Over the counter and also dental provider options and both avalaible, but the dental provider option will be more effective. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.