In today’s world, the idea of having teeth that are not gleaming and white is off-putting for many. This has led to the masses looking for ways to whiten their teeth from within the confines of the dentist’s office or applying at-home products to whiten their teeth. Whitening toothpaste, gels, strips, trays, rinses, and other whitening products can all help a person to gain a glowing smile.
Teeth whitening is recommended for people who have a healthy mouth with no restored teeth and gums. Slight yellow stained teeth can be easily whitened and respond best to treatments. It is always best to talk to your dentist before beginning the use of smile whitening products. This article will go over how to get white teeth and the many products that can be used to gain a bright, healthy smile.
Finding the Correct Product
With so many products available in today’s market, it begs the question, what is the best teeth whitening product? Unfortunately, there’s no one size fits all answer. Different products will work better for some, while other products will work better for others. Most likely, there will be a product listed in this article that will work for an individual’s desired results. Between toothpaste, strips, rinses, gels, and chewing gum, there are a lot of options.
There are specific reasons to check with a dentist before beginning the use of any teeth whitening products, especially for those with the following issues:
- dental restorations
- very dark stains
- a stand-alone dark tooth
- many fillings or crowns
- sensitive teeth
Teeth Whitening Products
Let’s look at some of the more popular whitening products on the market to understand how they work, and how long they take to work.
A normal toothpaste helps remove plaque and other surface stains that are mild, however, a toothpaste made for whitening teeth will contain more powerful stain removal agents. Most toothpaste that is bought over-the-counter contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to combat stains and bring out the white in the teeth. While over-the-counter toothpaste can raise the color shade one level, prescription strength toothpaste can offer greater whitening power. Most over the counter whiteners will take somewhere between two to six weeks to achieve their results.
Gels are similar to toothpaste but are used explicitly for whitening. The gels are clear and peroxide-based that are applied to the teeth with a small brush. The gel is left on the tooth for a short period of time and whitening takes up to 10-14 days.
Whitening strips are over the counter products and are generally very thin and nearly invisible when applied to a person’s teeth. The strips have a peroxide gel on them and are typically applied to the teeth for 5 to 45 minutes depending on the specific product. Users will typically see results fairly quickly, sometimes within a couple of days. The final results are usually seen in about four months’ time.
One of the newest ways to whiten teeth are whitening rinses. Like most mouthwashes, these are swished around the mouth, but the whitening rinse contains hydrogen peroxide and other key ingredients to help whiten teeth. This method takes longer to see results, up to 12 weeks, but it is the simplest method to use, only taking about one minute per day.
Tooth Whitening Using a Tray
These types of products can be obtained from a dentist or bought over-the-counter. Whitening trays are similar to a normal mouthguard you might see in use to fight Bruxism (teeth grinding). However, this mouthguard has a peroxide-bleaching component added to it before its placed in the mouth to keep the bleaching agent in contact with the person’s teeth. The tray can be worn variably to gain desired results.
General at Home Safety With Products
As you begin your quest for how to get teeth white, it’s very important to closely follow the instructions on any products before beginning use. Do not leave the product on longer than recommended in the instructions. Some general rules of thumb when using whitening products is to not leave them on too long as they can cause a number of issues such as gums that become sensitive and sore. Also, for a few hours after completing treatment, do not drink any coffee, soda, and other beverages that are highly acidic.
After completing treatments, teeth may become sensitive and it is important to pay attention to this and make adjustments accordingly. If a person’s teeth and gums are very healthy, there will be very little sensitivity in most cases. If anything becomes painful or overly uncomfortable, stop treatment and consult your dentist.
Reaching the shade of white a person wants is very achievable in most cases, but it is important not to rush the process. Follow the recommended instructions and over the course of time, teeth will indeed become brighter and whiter.
Whitening at an Office
The absolute fastest and safest way to gain a gleaming smile is by visiting your dentist. Dentists can create custom-fitted whitening trays or use a high-tech solution like Zoom whitening. Zoom whitening uses a special light which, on average, whitens teeth eight shades with results that can last for years. This solution is not only long-lasting, but also very safe and quick. The procedure typically takes about an hour.
If you still have questions about teeth whitening products or procedures, get in touch with us or schedule an appointment with Cavanaugh Dental today. We’ll be happy to walk you through your options and help you find the best whitening solution for your teeth.