For those who desire to improve the appearance of discolored teeth, a number of options are available. Ranging from inexpensive over the counter products to cost effective dental procedures, these products provide an array of effectiveness levels.
Toothpastes are designed to remove surface stains but some brands offer pastes specifically for decreasing discoloration. These whitening toothpastes contain chemical stain removers or mild abrasives to achieve the desired results. Though these pastes are safe and will not damage the enamel of the teeth, they generally only provide about one shade of whitening.
More recently appearing on the market are whitening rinses. Resembling common mouthwashes, these rinses are enhanced with hydrogen peroxide or other whitening agents. Twice daily usage for approximately twelve weeks can produce results similar to those of whitening toothpastes. Using toothpastes in combination with rinses may offer more noticeable results.
Over the counter strips and gels are seeing increasing popularity. Whitening strips are coated with a peroxide solution. They are usually affixed to the teeth twice daily for around two weeks. Gels are comprised of the same type of solution as found on strips but are brushed onto the teeth. Both options offer comparable results.
During an in-office Teeth Whitening Woodbury NY procedure, a dentist will apply a whitening agent directly to the teeth. Heat, lasers or special lights are used to activate the agent. Results can be seen in a little as one treatment but dentists generally recommend additional visits to achieve optimum results.
Although this is the most expensive method of tooth whitening, it is also the fastest and most effective option. Dentists often use in-office treatments in conjunction with at-home whitening tray systems to obtain even greater results. Many recommend using whitening toothpastes and rinses following professional treatments for longer lasting effects.
Some whitening techniques may not be safe for those with gum disease and may not provide the intended results in cases where patients have fillings or resin or ceramic veneers. Consult with a dentist before beginning a whitening regimen to ensure the procedure meets your specific needs or to seek advice on an appropriate treatment.