When looking to brighten our smiles, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the options. From toothpastes and over-the-counter products to professional whitening treatments, how does one even choose?
- Whitening rinses use hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth, and it may take 8-12 weeks to see any results.
- Whitening toothpastes use both a mild abrasive and a peroxide-like whitening agent, and can lighten one shade in 4-12 weeks, depending on the brand.
- Over-the-counter whitening gels and strips use a stronger dose of peroxide and are typically worn for less than an hour per day. Results can be seen within a few days, and when used properly, can lighten a few shades over the course of a typical two-week treatment.
- Tray based tooth whitening, typically provided by a dentist for home use, use stronger agents than over the counter whitening gels, and provide better results in similar time periods.
While all of these over-the-counter options typically work, their level of effectiveness will depend on how regularly they are used, and how stained the patient’s teeth are to start. In-office whitening tends to be far stronger – the dentist can apply the bleaching agent in very strong doses and use laser/light/heat for increased effectiveness. In as little as 30 minutes, in-office treatments can provide significant whitening, though your dentist can provide multiple procedures for even better results.
If you’re interested in tooth whitening, ask your dentist about services they provide and any product recommendations they may have, depending on how many shades of lightening you expect.
Call Tyngsboro dentist Dr. James Yankowskas for a consultation at 978-649-7773. Also, visit our website at tyngsborocosmeticdentist.com.
Dr. Yankowskas proudly accepts patients from Tyngsboro and all surrounding areas.