Teeth whitening involves any procedure that can make your teeth look whiter of lighter. Whitening products can be applied by dentists in their offices, given by dentists for use at home, or purchased by anyone OTC or over-the-counter. Below are the different types of tooth whitening available to you:
Teeth Whitening Toothpastes
Majority of whitening toothpastes have gentle chemical or polishing agents for removing teeth stains. But, they can only eliminate surface stains since they don’t contain bleach and can only lighten your teeth by one shade.
OTC Whitening Strips and Gels
Whitening gels contain peroxide for bleaching teeth and are applied to the teeth’s surface with a tiny brush, while whitening strips also contain whitening gels and are applied two times daily for 30 minutes for two weeks. Results can be noticed in a couple of days — final results can be seen roughly four months after.
Tray Based Teeth Whitening Systems
These types of teeth whiteners can be bought at the dentist office or OTC. They consist of a peroxide-based whitening gel and a dental tray resembling a mouth guard. The whitening tray should be worn daily for several hours at night for four weeks or more.
Teeth Whitening Rinses
One the newest teeth whitening products in the market today are whitening rinses. Similar to your trusty mouthwashes, rinses also help lower your risk of periodontal disease and plaque, as well as freshen your breath. They contain hydrogen peroxide for bleaching and little results can be seen only after 12 weeks.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Also known an in-office tooth whitening, this treatment is by far the quickest and most effective method for whitening your teeth, but also the most costly. Potent whitening products are applied to your teeth and can be combined with laser light for faster and more noticeable results — one treatment lasting 30 to 60 minutes. Significant results, five to six shades whiter teeth, can be achieved after several treatments.
It is generally recommended by dental experts that you only use teeth whitening products that carry the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance to make sure they’ve passed ADA’s effectiveness and safety standards.