Over the course of time, teeth can become discolored or stained. Teeth whitening can improve the appearance of your smile and restore the brightness to your teeth. However, which teeth whitening option is the right one? There are so many whitening treatments to choose from, but which one is the most effective? From over-the-counter products to in-office treatments, let’s take a look at the benefits of each one.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening
We are happy to offer Zoom! Teeth Whitening to our patients. Zoom! is a bleaching process that will restore the color of your tooth enamel. Dr. Beckham will conduct an exam to make sure this treatment is a right fit for you and will also talk about oral health and lifestyle habits that will help you determine if you will benefit from the whitening. The Zoom! whitening procedure usually takes less than an hour and you will be given instructions for at-home care to get the best results from your whitening.
Whitening Toothpaste and Rinses
There are several kinds of whitening toothpastes and rinses to choose from. These products will gradually work with consistent use and can take weeks or even months to see results. On average, these products will make your teeth a maximum of one to two shades whiter and will treat only the surface stains. These products are effective but only will whiten to a certain extent and will take time to show results.
Whitening Strips and Gels
Over-the-counter whitening strips and gels offer better whitening than toothpastes and rinses. Normally, these products can be used until the desired result is achieved. Whitening strips and gels work by applying a whitening solution to the teeth and keeping that solution on your teeth for a certain amount of time every day. These products can be more effective than toothpaste and rinses because the solution stays on the teeth longer and is given more time each day to whiten the teeth. Whitening strips and gels normally produce results in as little as a few days up to a few weeks.
Whitening trays also use a solution that is placed in the tray and then the tray is placed over the teeth daily for an extended period of time. Over-the-counter trays can be effective, however getting in-office whitening trays that are custom fitted to your teeth normally give better results and are more comfortable to wear. The whitening trays contain peroxide bleach which often shows better results compared to toothpastes and rinses. Trays can typically be used until your teeth reach the desired level of whitening.
Scheduling a whitening session at the dentist is by far the quickest way to see results. In just one appointment you can walk out of the office with a noticeably brighter smile. In-office whitening involves applying whitening solution to the teeth combined with light and heat. More than one whitening appointment can be scheduled to see more dramatic results, however just one 30-60 minute visit will result in a brighter smile.
If you are looking for teeth whitening in Louisville, KY, call our office today to set up a consultation. You can be one step closer to improving your smile and soon be walking out of the office with noticeable results.