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Teeth Whitening Options Demystified

Are your pearly whites not so white anymore? There are so many different options these days for whitening your teeth it is difficult to know which one to choose. We’ve decided to break down all the different whitening options so you can determine the best option for you.

In-Office Whitening

This is quickest, most effective option that will yield the most dramatic results. If you are looking for an immediately noticeable change in your tooth color without the hassle of trays or strips, this procedure may be a good option for you. Dr. Solomon offers his patients the ZOOM! 2™ in-office whitening system, which has been proven to whiten teeth 6 to 10 shades lighter in only one hour. After the ZOOM! 2™ whitening gel is applied to your teeth, sit comfortably for an hour and watch TV, listen to music, or even nap while a special light is shone on your teeth. The procedure used is only approved by American Dental Association (ADA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used in dental office so you will not be able to get the same results through the other options.

Professional At-Home Whitening

You will receive a custom-fit whitening tray and gel from your dentist that you will use yourself at home. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth to create a tray that fits over the exact shape of your teeth to facilitate the most comfortable and effective whitening experience. Everyday you will put some whitening gel in the tray and wear it for a certain amount of time. This option is good for those who want to whiten their teeth more gradually. Also, this may be used in conjunction with in-office whitening for those with badly discolored teeth.

Mall Whitening Stands

The products offered in these kiosks are similar to over the counter products at a more expensive cost. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the safety of this whitening method so be careful and thoroughly research the company beforehand. Although the employees may advertise themselves to look like dentists, remember that they are not licensed dental professionals and are not properly trained to safely handle the materials and your teeth. Check out ABC News’ article for more information.

Store-Bought Whitening Strips

The most well-known of these is CREST Whitestrips. You are required to wear a strip on your upper and lower teeth for a certain amount of time each day. The results are gradual and you can stop whenever you want. This is a more affordable option for whitening your teeth, but is also much less powerful than professional teeth whitening. You will not see as much of a dramatic change in the shade of your teeth. This method works best for children, people with already white teeth, or for maintenance following a professional teeth whitening.

Whitening Toothpastes

Whitening toothpastes are very mild and do not whiten or change the color of the teeth. They only remove surface stains on the teeth, which may cause the teeth to look up to one shade lighter. Conversely, professional whitening procedures usually whiten teeth 3 to 8 shades lighter. Thus, whitening toothpastes work best for maintaining a white smile following a professional teeth whitening.

No matter what option you choose, it is always best to check with your dentist first. Only your dentist knows your dental background and is properly trained to safely whiten your teeth. Feel free to call Dr. Solomon at (310)475-5598 to make a personal consultation or appointment.