While many of us are getting sick of the white stuff falling from the sky, people usually like to see white in their smile instead. There are a variety of at-home or in-office treatments to explore if you hope to have a merry and bright smile this winter.
Before you begin your whitening journey, get a little information about some of the options you may encounter, so that your teeth can stay both healthy and white!
Methods for whitening:
Whitening toothpastes are some of the simplest and most sustainable options. You can find a variety at almost any retail store for less than $20 per tube, but most are meant to remove surface stains only and may not produce the very noticable or immediate results some people are looking for.
Whitening strip or gel kits can also be store bought and used at home. They are available at various price points, but typically cost less than $100. Results are usually visible within the first few applications and last a few months, but be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to achieve the best outcome.
Whitening trays from your dentist contain a stronger bleaching agent than store bought products. Trays are filled with gel and applied to teeth for a few hours a day or overnight. Your dentist will customize your tray to maximize the gel’s contact with your teeth while minimizing contact with gums. This method of whitening can be expensive, costing anywhere from $150 to $400.
In-office whitening treatments contain higher amounts of bleach and produce noticeable results after the first treatment. Usually done in several appointments, this method of whitening produces the most dramatic transformations. The bleaching agent is often used with heat, lasers or lights to intensify the effects. This more advanced treatment comes with a higher price tag, with an average cost of about $650.
Teeth whitening treatments are not permanent. Teeth naturally darken as we age, and our heredity plays a factor in the color of our teeth. Also, when we eat and drink, we expose our teeth to many different substances that can stain our teeth. Touch-ups or continued use of some of these bleaching products may be needed to keep that sparkling smile after the initial whitening is done. However, it is important not to over-use these products. Over bleaching can cause serious and irreversible harm to your teeth.
You should consult with your dentist to make sure the method you choose is appropriate for your oral health. The condition of teeth and gums, age, sensitivity level, allergies, pregnancy and many other factors will help determine the type of treatment that is right for you. To keep your teeth healthy and beautiful, don't lapse in your regular brushing and flossing routine.
May your smile shine bright in the new year! 💎🦷
This information in this post is for general educational purposes only and does not warrant or represent any information as related to health as specifically appropriate for you. It is not intended to be medical advice or replace the relationship that you have with your health care providers. You should always seek medical advice on any diagnosis or treatment from a qualified health care provider. The information is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied.