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What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Teeth Whitening

So you are looking into making that smile shine a little brighter. There are several ways to go about whitening your teeth, such as whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, take-home trays, and in-office dentist solutions. In this article, we will break down each option and what may be the best for you, depending on your needs.

Whitening Toothpaste

If you want whiter teeth, whitening toothpaste is a great way to start. It can help get rid of stains and improve the health of your teeth and gums. Whitening toothpaste works to remove impurities and stains on your teeth, making them whiter than ever. Using toothpaste that contains peroxide can also help prevent cavities since it breaks down the bacteria and plaque on your teeth.

Whitening Strips

Whitening strips can make your smile brighter in just a few short weeks. They are the most effective and convenient way of whitening teeth at home. No need to go to the dentist or spend money on expensive dental work! Whitening strips were designed to work with your gums, not against them. Disposable and affordable, they can be used in various ways beyond brightening teeth. Whitening strips are a great DIY option for people who don't have the time or patience to commit to an in-office treatment. One significant advantage: your teeth will get whiter without having to sit in the dental chair and deal with a drill.

Take Home Trays

Take-home trays can be the perfect option if you're looking for a professional start to your teeth whitening. These trays are custom molded by your dentist and worn during your at-home treatment sessions. They are usually made of rubber or plastic but can be made with porcelain if desired. While they aren't portable, they do give you greater control of how much whitening solution comes in contact with your teeth by limiting the time it remains attached to them. While these are great for those who don't mind having several appointments to achieve the desired results and want more control over their whitening process, they require an upfront investment instead of over-the-counter options. Trays will have longer-lasting results than whitening toothpaste and strips.

In-office Whitening Options

If you want the best for your teeth whitening, make an appointment with your dentist for an in-office session. Getting your teeth professionally whitened by your dentist will have the longest-lasting results and look the best overall. Dentists are trained to look at any specific discolorations or stains that most people can't detect. A professional whitening session can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half, but the results are instant afterward.

We hope this gives you a better idea of what is out there to make your smile brighter. If you have any further questions about teeth whitening, give us a call. We recommend consulting your dentist to see which teeth whitening option is best for you.

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