Teeth Whitening Dentist in Phoenix and Tempe, AZ
For patients seeking out whitening options, there are many techniques and products available. With so many options, it can be difficult to make the ideal choice for which method is right for you. The ideal way to start on teeth whitening is to schedule an appointment with your dentist and discuss the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home systems.
In-office whitening is the professional option for improving the look of your teeth. The procedure is performed at the dental office and may include the use of a whitening lamp or laser to enhance the effectiveness of the whitening gel. The process helps to accelerate the peroxide for superior whitening.
Within the office visit, the specialist will apply the whitening gel and then shine a light source on the teeth to whiten them. This process generally takes about 90 minutes and most patients experience immediate results.
Tray bleaching is one of the leading options for achieving that professional whitening look. The process involves the use of custom-made trays and whitening gel which is only available from your dentist. The gel is placed in custom-fitted trays designed to fit with precision over your teeth. When the peroxide in the gel breaks down, the hydroxyl radicals within help to whiten your teeth. This process whitens your natural teeth and is designed to ensure maximum comfort during whitening. Overall, at-home treatment with tray bleaching takes about 10-14 days. And you should notice results in as little as three days.
One over-the-counter option is paint-on teeth whiteners. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased at a less expensive price than whitening strips, but they also tend to be less effective than both whitening strips and professional services. The paint-on whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. The gel hardens into a film that coats the tooth and then dissolves in the patient’s mouth. It’s imperative that you consult a specialist before turning to paint-on whitening products.
Teeth whitening strips are a thin, flexible product with a film of hydrogen peroxide bleach on one side. The kits come in two styles of strip: one for the upper teeth and one for the lower teeth. The bleaching agent Is used by placing the strips on your teeth and then pressing the strips into place to ensure continual contact with all of your teeth. The strips are usually worn twice per day in 30-minute increments, with the duration of the treatment varying depending on the brand of product used.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
By far the most affordable option available for those who wish to try whitening is toothpaste and mouthwashes. These products are designed to have whitening effects. However, they rarely lighten the actual color of the tooth and are simply designed to minimize the appearance of stains.
If you would like more information about your teeth whitening options, our Dr. J Dental office team will gladly answer your questions. Call today to speak with a specialist and book an upcoming appointment.