South Miami Dentist, Dr. Papiernik, on Teeth whitening.
Getting that bright Hollywood smile may be easier than you think. In fact, it may only take one hour. There are several options for whitening your teeth. Some are better than others. Below are the pros and cons of several teeth whitening options.
All toothpastes help remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives that scrub the teeth. Unlike bleaches, toothpastes do not change the color of teeth, instead they can only remove stains on the surface. They are good for everyday use and offer mild whitening.
This is your best dental whitening option. This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit, usually about one hour’s time. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Special bleaching gel is then applied to the teeth. The results are fast and effective. This type of whitening only takes one visit and it lasts about one hour. The results are great, usually achieving several shades lighter with lasting results.
Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a tray that fits on your teeth. You may also use a whitening strip that sticks to your teeth. Unfortunately, the concentration of the bleaching agent is lower than what professionals typically use in the office, and thus the results are not as good. Since the strength is not the same as the gels that are used in the office some teeth may not whiten as well, leading to different shades of white. Creating a whiter but uneven colored smile.