At Orchards Dental, our patients often ask us about teeth whitening options to get whiter teeth and a bright white smile. There are a number of options for tooth whitening or tooth bleaching and patients can choose how they would like to accomplish bleached teeth. There is no one best way to whiten teeth but depending on your goals and how quickly you would like to have it all done, the main options are to do professional tooth whitening at home, professional in-office tooth whitening, or to buy a commercial tooth whitening product. If you have very yellow teeth before whitening, it is likely that you will require a longer amount of time to achieve the amount of whiteness you want, while if your teeth are not too yellow to begin with, whitening usually does not take as long.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Common in-office whitening systems include the Spadent Flex and Spadent Boost in office systems, as well as Zoom whitening. These are the products marketed as instant whitening. Although the effects are not literally instant, they are very rapid, and people can often get whiter teeth in a short session ranging from 20 minutes to one hour. These systems often use a light-activated whitening system which helps to speed up the whitening process for more rapid whitening results.
Take-Home Whitening Kits
Professional take-home whitening systems are available from many brands, include Spadent and others. These systems often involve a tray that fits around your teeth and whitening or bleaching material that you take home as well. The whitening gel is placed into the whitening trays and worn for a few minutes to an hour daily or as directed until you are satisfied with the results. Some of these systems also include a light-activated bleaching material to speed up treatment time.
OTC Whitening Products
Over-the-counter whitening products include Whitestrips (from Crest) and other brands of whitening strips. In general, these products contain weak whitening chemicals and will require more time and effort to obtain the desired result.
Enhance Your Smile
In summary, there are many ways to achieve a beautiful smile and beautiful teeth through the different teeth whitening options. At Orchards Dental, we mainly use the SpaDent products, as patients tend to notice minimal sensitivity and rapid results. If you would like to further discuss your options for a whiter brighter smile or discuss teeth whitening costs, we would be happy to help! Call us today to schedule an appointment!