Teeth whitening is a wildly popular cosmetic dental procedure. It’s one of the quickest and most instantly noticeable ways to improve your smile. Plus, it’s non-invasive and, depending on the technique you choose, fairly affordable.
But how do you go about getting that whiter, brighter smile? There are four main categories of teeth whitening options currently on the market. We’ve listed them below, from the cheapest to most expensive.
The least expensive of the teeth whitening options, stain-removing toothpaste, is also the least effective. Like most toothpaste, whitening toothpaste is made to remove surface stains but add a whitening agent like hydrogen peroxide to increase their effectiveness. This may whiten your teeth by about a single shade. Even the most effective whitening toothpaste, however, will not get past the hard surface of your teeth’s enamel to work on deeper stains.
Other teeth whitening options are available over-the-counter (OTC) at your local pharmacy. They also use a whitener like hydrogen peroxide but in a much higher concentration than that found in whitening toothpaste. With most OTC whiteners, like gels and strips, the whitening agent applies directly to the teeth and takes several uses to show results. Again, the whitening is mainly on the surface of the tooth and lasts for a few months after using the product.
Moving toward the higher end of the scale both in terms of cost and effectiveness, at-home teeth bleaching systems are available both over-the-counter or from your dentist. These systems use a gel with about twice the amount of whitening agent as the OTC products mentioned above. The gel dispenses into a tray that fits over the user’s teeth; applications take anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks.
A whitening procedure, a dental service done by a professional is the quickest and most effective of today’s teeth whitening options. Not surprisingly, it’s the most expensive. During an in-office, or chairside, whitening, a dentist applies a bleaching solution directly to the teeth, which are then treated with light or heat. The entire process generally takes less than an hour and delivers significant whitening with only one treatment. That said, a number of treatments provide optimal results.
Find Teeth Whitening Options Near You
If you’re in the North Dallas, TX area and are considering having your teeth whitened, get in touch with Dentistry by Design to learn about all your options. Dentistry by Design will give your teeth a full evaluation. Then they’ll provide specific suggestions based on what’s right for your smile and budget. For more information, call us at 972.231.3013.