Over-The-Counter Teeth Whiteners
There are many teeth whitening kits that you can purchase from your local drugstore or supermarket. In most cases, these kits include adhesive strips that you wear on your teeth for about 30 minutes. These strips are relatively expensive and easy to use, however, they come with multiple drawbacks. The effectiveness of the whitening strips will vary depending on the brand, but in general, they are less effective than professional options. In some cases, the strips can actually damage your enamel, which is counter-productive.
If you decide to use these teeth whiteners, consult your dentist first to make sure they will be safe.
Take-Home Whitening Kits
If you’d like to safely whiten your teeth in the convenience of your own home, ask your dentist about a take-home whitening kit. Your dentist will make trays that are specially molded to your teeth and send you home with special whitening gel that is safe to use. These whitening kits are safer than the ones you can buy at the drugstore and the results are usually more noticeable. You’ll have to wait a few weeks for the results to become noticeable, but you’ll be able to whiten your teeth at your own convenience in the comfort of your home.
If you’re looking for instant and noticeable results, ask your dentist about in-office whitening procedures. This option sometimes costs a little more than the at-home whitening option, but you’ll usually notice results the same day as the procedure.
If your teeth are not only discolored, but damaged as well, veneers may be the best option for you. Veneers are ceramic coverings that are molded to fit your teeth exactly and then bonded to your teeth. Veneers will make your teeth look whiter, but they will also cover up previous damage and add a layer of protection for the future.
To learn more about getting whiter teeth and protecting your oral health, schedule an appointment at Pacific Family Dental.