Cosmetic Dentistry is becoming more and more common in today’s society. As technology and procedures evolve, cosmetic dentistry is becoming more affordable for people. The most common of all cosmetic procedures is teeth whitening.
When it comes to teeth whitening, there are several different options for you to choose from. Many people use over the counter methods – whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, and bleach strips – for minor staining. All are effective ways to brighten your teeth if you have minimal staining.
For heavily stained teeth a more powerful method is necessary. The fastest, most effective method is professional bleaching. There are two different methods for this: in-office bleaching and take-home trays. If you opt for take-home trays your dentist will make a custom molded tray for your upper and lower teeth. Fill them with a peroxide based gel from your dentist and wear them for a couple hours a day or overnight. Custom molded trays fit your teeth exactly so your gums are not irritated during the process. This method is not as fast as in-office bleaching but its effective and, most importantly, it’s reusable.
In-office bleaching is the fastest, most convenient way to whiten your teeth. A peroxide based gel solution is applied to your teeth and activated with a laser to help it absorb faster. The whole procedure, from start to finish, should be just under 2 hours. This method is the most convenient way to whiten your smile.