Teeth whitening treatments are among some of the most popular cosmetic treatments in dentistry that is sought out by patients everywhere. In fact, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, when patients were asked what they would like to improve about their pearly whites, the most common response was brighter, whiter teeth.
Reasons for Teeth Whitening
Many patients opt for teeth whitening treatments solely for the purpose of correcting discolored teeth so that they have a brighter appearance. Teeth can become discolored for numerous reasons, including:
- Foods and drinks
- Tobacco use
- Natural wear
Types of Teeth Whitening Treatments
Teeth whitening treatments can come in many forms, ranging from over-the-counter products to professional whitening treatments from the dentist.
- Teeth Whitening Toothpaste – Teeth whitening toothpaste has a special formula that is designed to remove surface stains from the teeth. While this specialized toothpaste is effective in removing these surface stains, it is not effective enough to eliminate more difficult stains.
- Whitening Strips – Whitening strips are another popular over-the-counter whitening treatment patients try to help brighten teeth. They are small, clear strips that are made to be worn over the teeth; these strips contain a low-strength bleaching solution that aids in removing surface stains. However, similarly to whitening toothpaste, whitening strips are not always as effective as patients would like because they are low-strength.
- Take-Home Whitening Kit – For better results, many patients visit the dentist to receive more high-strength whitening treatments. However, if you don’t have time to sit in the office for a whitening treatment, a take-home whitening kit is a good way to still receive the treatment from the comforts of your own home. The kit usually contains a set of trays and a whitening solution for you to wear over your teeth for a certain period of time each day.
- In-Office Whitening Treatments – However, if you’re looking for optimal results, the best form of teeth whitening is through the dentist’s office. They cover your mouth and gums with a protective gel so that they can apply a stronger bleaching solution to your teeth for the best results.
If you’re interested giving your smile the sparkle it deserves, book an appointment with our office today for one of our in-office teeth whitening treatments, or to receive a take-home whitening kit. Let’s give your pearly whites a shine!