These days, if you want a bright white smile, you have a lot of options. You’ve probably seen some of the over-the-counter gel and strip-based products, but you don’t have to do the work yourself if you don’t want to!
If you’re looking for the best way to whiten your teeth, you need to learn all about these 4 techniques:
If you don’t want to spend the money on professional teeth whitening treatments, you can get results right from the comfort of your own home. Countless people whiten their teeth with these kits because they only cost a fraction of what you’d have to pay your dentist.
In most cases, you’ll wind up with a kit that’s made with hydrogen peroxide. How you apply it is up to you – there are gels, strips, trays, and even special brushes that can get the material onto your teeth. The only problem? These kits aren’t always as easy to use as they seem! If you’re not careful, you can wind up spilling more than you actually get inside your mouth!
Even worse, if you’re not careful, you could end up putting too much solution on your teeth. Instead of giving you faster results, you’ll only wind up damaging your enamel. Your dentist will wind up seeing a problem in your “dentin-enamel junction” – a fancy term for the space between your enamel and the structure of your tooth.
2. Prescription do-it-yourself kits
If you want some professional input, you can get a teeth whitening kit right from your dentist. That way, you can avoid the expense of an in-office treatment, but still get some expert assistance. Your dentist will give you instructions (and may even do the first application for you at his office, just to make sure you get the hang of things).
Just remember, these kits have higher levels of hydrogen peroxide in them. However, that makes them very effective, and thus, very popular!
3. In-office chairside bleaching
Like the name suggests, your dentist will do this one himself. He’ll use a hydrogen peroxide kit, but since he’ll be the one applying everything, you’ll get to rest easy knowing that everything is being done just right.
4. In-office light activated bleaching (laser bleaching)
Again, this technique will be done in your dentist’s office, but you’ll actually have to take care of some of the maintenance at home. Laser bleaching uses a combination of hydrogen peroxide, special compounds, and ultraviolet lights. (There’s not actually a laser involved. Instead, your dentist will use a blue light spectrum halogen, LED, or plasma arc light.) The end result is a process that works much faster!
This tends to be the most expensive option, and it’s not entirely painless. However, it’s totally safe and completely effective – which is why it’s the most popular type of teeth whitening!
Do you really need to head to your dentist, though?
A professional teeth whitening comes with a big benefit. Since your dentist will do a professional cleaning first (and search for any underlying problems), you’ll know that your teeth are in perfect shape to be bleached!
Joanne Lemke is a final year creative writing student at UOW, who is looking to break into the corporate copywriting space once she graduates and hopefully go on to eventually some day write a book around her other passions, namely beauty, cooking and travel.