What Are Your Options for Teeth Whitening

Getting the teeth discolored develops a feeling which you would really want to get rid of as soon as you can. Thus, you may develop an interest in getting your teeth whitened. There are a few options that you can consider for teeth whitening but the major ones are two. One involves use of over-the counter teeth whitening products and the second is related to teeth whitening at dental office. In order to understand the ability and limitations, we need to discuss both solutions briefly.

Over the counter

When you see that your teeth have been discolored, the nest thing you think may be to go for the immediate solution. This is where you can consider getting over-the-counter teeth whitening products. These products may not be as effective as the ones used in dental office but you can still get fair amount of benefits from these over-the-counter drugs. Such products are as follows.

  • Teeth Whitening Pens: Teeth whitening pens are quite easy to use. These are pen-sized tools which have brush on one end. A little twisting can release a whitening gel which you can spread using the brush. Although these tools whiten the teeth to some extent, you may not be able to see prominent results even if you are using this product consistently.
  • Whitening Trays: Teeth whitening trays are the trays which you fill with the whitening gel and wear on the teeth for some time. Although these trays are made to fit on every dental structure, they don’t really fit quite well most of the times. Hence, the whitening achieved may not be quite even due to patchy distribution of the gel. Like whitening pens, teeth whitening trays are also not made to deliver faster results.
  • Whitening Toothpaste: This is the solution which you can use on everyday basis. These toothpastes are usually loaded with baking soda which is known for removing stains on the teeth. However, these toothpastes do not deliver quicker results.

Teeth Whitening at the Dentist

Teeth whitening at office refers to the whitening procedure which the dentist may conduct on your teeth by himself/herself or may prescribe you to do at home. One of the scenarios includes the use of customized dental trays which would be filled with strong whitening solution and you would need to wear them according to prescription by your dentist. Another solution involves application of gel at dentist’s office. The gel used in this scenario is the strongest one.


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