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Choosing Teeth-Whitening Options to Brighten Your Smile

October 28, 2014
Posted By: Reginald Booker
Woman flossing her teeth at Oakwood dentist office

With so many options today for brightening your smile, it can be difficult to choose the best teeth-whitening methods for you. How do you know if an option is a good one and also worth its cost? Many people prefer the following options for the results they achieve. If your teeth are not as white as you’d like, you should consult with your dentist to see if one of the following options is best for your needs.

Laser Whitening Techniques

If you don’t mind the expense and a bit of discomfort, laser whitening is a popular option to consider for whitening your smile. Your dentist uses a concentrated formula that reacts with a laser to whiten the teeth. Although this procedure is pricey, it gets results fast. Moreover, if you are concerned about the discomfort associated with laser whitening treatments, talk to your dentist about measures that may be taken to alleviate any pain. If your teeth are extremely discolored, you might find that this treatment promises the best results.

Professional Bleaching

Some people may find that having their teeth bleached by the dentist is the right option for them. While some dentists prefer to use a laser to accelerate the bleaching process, some simply apply a bleaching formula to the teeth and allow it to remain on them for a period of time–usually about thirty to sixty minutes. Depending on how discolored your teeth are, you may need multiple treatments.

Bleaching Trays

Although bleach trays vary in cost, you can expect to pay less when you choose a do-it-yourself kit. Bleaching trays are regarded as very effective; however, it can be tough to decide which one to buy. Since there are many options, it helps to ask your dentist for advice. Bleaching trays are favored by many people because the bleaching gel can be applied any time–even at night.

Teeth-Whitening Strips

If you are searching for an inexpensive option for brightening your smile, consider teeth-whitening strips. The main issue people have with these strips is that they require lots of time and patience. Wearing these strips means ensuring that they are kept in place. Keeping the strips in place is difficult as they are not designed for a custom fit. If you have the patience, however, this is an effective option that won’t break your bank. The strips are also widely available, so you can buy them at your local drug store.

Teeth Whitening Toothpastes and Mouthwashes

Once your teeth have been whitened, you can help maintain your bright smile with whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Although they are marketed as effective whiteners themselves, they may not be as effective as the options already discussed. However, that can depend on how discolored your teeth are.

Talk to your dentist about these options to decide which is ideal for you. Again, consider price as well as the time frame each option needs to work best. Once you achieve your whitened smile, you’ll love the way you look, and you’ll probably even smile a whole lot more.


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