With so many teeth whitening methods available today, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is the best for you. That’s why we’re here to help. As dental experts, we’ve researched and tested various teeth whitening methods to bring you the most effective and safest options. In this article, we’ll be sharing our insights and recommendations on the best teeth-whitening method that can give you the radiant smile you’ve always dreamed of. Say goodbye to stained teeth and hello to a stunning, confident grin! Let’s get started on your journey to a brighter, whiter smile.
How to Choose the Best Teeth Whitening Method for Your Smile
Teeth whitening is one of the simplest methods for getting your smile back. Dental health is impacted by everything we eat or drink, and substances like red wine or coffee are common culprits for darkening a perfectly white smile by a few shades.
The same method doesn’t always work for everyone!
There are various teeth whitening treatments on the market, and some of these options work better than others – and some people just respond better to some methods as a long-term treatment.
Here’s how to make sure you can choose the best teeth whitening option for your smile, and walk away from the treatment plan with the best possible results.
KoR in-office Teeth Whitening
The KoR program offered at All Smiles consists of custom-made trays, an in-office treatment, and maintenance gel to be used at home. The procedure begins with a brief preparation to protect the lips and gums, leaving the teeth exposed. Next, the dentist or dental assistant applies the hydrogen peroxide-based gel, allowing it to penetrate the teeth and break up stains and discoloration. The gel is left in place for 20 minutes.
This process is repeated for three 20-minute sessions of light activation, totaling 60 minutes of treatment time. It’s important to note that individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may find it challenging to undergo the entire procedure. Afterward, sensitivity-reducing gels and pastes are used as well as maintenance gel to be used for touch-ups at home.
Learn more: Teeth Whitening in Omaha, NE at All Smiles Family Dentistry
Teeth Whitening Supplements
Teeth whitening supplements are everywhere these days, and they claim to promote the strength and longevity of a healthy smile with just a few daily tablets. Caution should be taken with this method, which doesn’t actually whiten your teeth – even though there’s research to show that it may help to strengthen them.
Dietary supplements can strengthen the building blocks of your teeth, though they cannot strip debris from the outside layer of your teeth.
Whitening supplements aren’t quite as advertised, and the truth about it is that you can get the same results from a multivitamin and a good diet.
Teeth Whitening Strips
Teeth whitening products such as whitening strips are a simple solution: clear strips that adhere to the teeth, and then stay there for a few minutes at a time. These whitening strips are sometimes chemically treated, so that they can help to whiten teeth from common stains like red wine or coffee.
The good news about whitening strips is that they’re inexpensive and easy to find. They’ve also been proven to be effective for most people who’d like aren’t looking for dramatic color change. However, they usually only cover the anterior segments of the teeth and can be a slimy texture/hard to keep in place.
Be careful though, some types of whitening strips haven’t been cleared by the FDA – and aren’t safe to use on your teeth. Stick to reliable brands (like Crest Whitestrips) if you’d like to buy whitening strips, or you might cause damage to your teeth instead.
All Smiles offers a professional-grade version of the strips. Call us to inquire. They don’t require impressions to be taken and are pre-loaded. They can be taken home the same day to start using. The trays are rigid and extend further to back teeth than some of the over-the-counter types.
Teeth Whitening Toothpaste
Whitening toothpaste is a recommended option for anyone who doesn’t want overnight results, but more of a maintenance of their current color. They work primarily by incorporating harsh abrasives into the paste which literally scrub away extrinsic/outer layer stains. This can also scrub away healthy enamel and lead to sensitivity if overused. There are some brands that don’t do this. Our recommendation is to use them sparingly, not as your primary paste! (think of these being used every few days or weekly)
Natural Teeth Whitening Methods
There isn’t always a need to go straight for the chemical option when you need your teeth whitened.
There are great natural whitening methods that you can use for whiter teeth without the need to resort to chemicals if you don’t generally respond well to whitening agents.
A simple whitening gel made with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can be enough to whiten teeth from stains that might have affected your teeth for months or years. Just treat it like you would any other whitening strip, and rinse once you’re done.
Most people don’t like the taste of a mouthful of sodium bicarbonate, but it still beats the taste of chemicals for perfect teeth. Talk to your dentist before mixing your at-home teeth whitening solution.
Additional Information: Dr. K, “Why don’t you use a light or laser with the in-office treatment?”
All Smiles Family Dentistry in Omaha, NE
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