Spring is a popular time for teeth whitening. If you’ve been thinking about brightening your smile for summer, you’re not alone! In fact, when the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked what people would most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth.
There Are Several Teeth Whitening Options
With so many products on the market, you may be left scratching your head as to which one you should choose. As with any type of treatment, it’s important to know all the facts so you can make the best choice for you and your unique smile! Some of the most common teeth whitening options are:
- Whitening toothpastes
- Whitening strips and gels
- Tray-based tooth whiteners
- In-office whitening
The Benefits of Dentist Supervision
You should always consult with your dentist before deciding to whiten, as this cosmetic procedure isn’t for everyone. There are also many benefits to whitening with your dentist!
For example, if you’re considering a tray-based product, in-office whitening is definitely your best option. We’ll take an impression of your teeth so that your mouthpiece tray is customized exactly to fit your teeth. This will ensure maximum contact between your teeth and the solution, as well as protect your gums.
If you choose in-office treatment, we will provide additional protection for your gums and the soft tissue of your mouth, so that no irritation from the whitening solution occurs. To do this, we apply a gel to the gum tissue or use a rubber shield.
With over-the-counter products, you’re on your own. When you whiten your teeth with us, we will check your mouth, the type and extent of stains on your teeth, the number of dental restorations you have and consider your medical history to decide which whitening option is best for your specific smile. We will oversee the process and results of the treatment to ensure the treatment’s safety and efficacy.
Learn more about The Way You Whiten Your Teeth Depends On The Stain
A Note To Parents
Teeth whitening is a big trend among teenagers. We recommend parents always supervise their teenagers’ use of whitening products as overuse or failure to follow directions can damage tooth enamel or irritate gums. Be sure to consult with us before allowing your teenager to whiten to make sure they are at an appropriate age and stage of dental development for treatment.
Still curious about how whitening works? Check out the video below to learn more!
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Keep Your Smile Beautiful
What truly keeps teeth bright, white and healthy is daily brushing and flossing. If you feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or has yellowed over the years, give us a call or come in to see us. We’d be happy to help you brighten up that beautiful smile of yours for spring!