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How To Choose The Best Type Of Teeth Whitening

Posted on June 14th, 2023

Indianapolis dentist, Dr. Sammons of Center for Advanced Dentistry, explains what the best foods you can eat for your oral health are.Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures we do. We get many questions from patients about types of teeth whitening, the pros and cons of each, and if there are any side effects. Today we are tackling a few common questions! If you’d like to know if you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening, call Center for Advanced Dentistry!

Over the Counter Options

There are several over-the-counter options to meet your teeth whitening needs, ranging from strips you apply to directly to your teeth to toothpastes that do the whitening for you while you brush. Teeth whitening strips contain small amounts of peroxide that helps break down stubborn stains. Toothpastes that list teeth whitening as a benefit commonly use abrasives to mechanically remove stains on the surface of your teeth and may also contain low amounts of peroxide. If you’ve ever been frustrated with over-the-counter options, you’re not alone. Patients commonly complain of unnoticeable results or sensitivity. We don’t recommend starting an over-the-counter whitening protocol before discussing the products with your dentist.  

In Home Whitening Options

If the over-the-counter methods listed above aren’t working, we offer professional applications you can experience from the comfort of your home, or during an office visit. These methods are supervised by a dentist. The upside is our ability to use prescription strength products that deliver faster, better results. 

To have your teeth whitened in your home, our office will make trays customized to fit your mouth. We give you a whitening gel to apply into the pre-made trays. This will keep contact with the gingiva at a minimum.  At home applications fall within a range of peroxide concentrations, from 10-38%. The time you will keep the whitening tray in your mouth will depend on how concentrated the gel is. 

In-Office Whitening Options 

Our in-office option will involve a gel containing peroxide being applied to your teeth. Sometimes we will use a light intended to speed up and enhance the bleaching process, but sometimes that is unnecessary.  A few side effects to having your teeth whitened in our office include the possibility of tooth sensitivity, which could increase when the light is used to speed up the bleaching process. 

Potential Side Effects 

The hydrogen peroxide can cause sensitivity, which may not appear for 2 to 3 days after the application. Sensitivity can occur whether you bleach at home or in office, but it will normally resolve by itself by the 4th day after the whitening treatment. 

Another side effect could be gingival irritation, which happens when the gel comes in contact with your gums.  The most common reason this occurs is when the trays do not fit properly in your mouth, or because of poor application of the gel in the tray. 

The best treatment for you will depend on personal preference, budget, goals and potential side effects. It’s recommended you speak with your dentist to determine the best method to meet your teeth whitening needs. No matter what you decide, there are many things you, as a patient, should take into consideration before deciding to whiten your teeth, and once you move forward, you have many options available to help give you the white smile you want and deserve! If you are interested in a teeth whitening consultation, call us at Center for Advanced Dentistry!

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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