Whitening your teeth at the dentist is as easy as one 30-60 minute treatment. Most whitening processes utilize a bleaching product that is applied directly to the teeth, which lifts light to heavy surface stains. While there are many methods available for in-home teeth whitening, professional bleaching remains the most efficient and effective way to whiten your teeth. Unlike many whitening pastes, strips, or trays, the bleaching process requires only one treatment to yield noticeable results.
Teeth Whitening Methods
Before recommending any method for teeth whitening, the dentists at TruBlu Dentistry will perform an oral examination to determine if bleaching is right for you. Depending on the type of stain, the sensitivity of your teeth, the strength of your gums, and other medical factors, your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter whitening product or a fluoride paste in place of in-office whitening. Common types of self-administered whitening products include:
- Whitening Toothpastes: these can slightly lighten tooth color over time.
- Whitening Strips and Gels: which are often peroxide-based and yield results within a few days of application.
- Whitening Rinses: which are time-effective but may take longer for results to show.
- Tray Whiteners: a sort of mouth guard that is worn for several hours at a time.
At-home whitening strips, pastes, or trays may pose fewer risks for patients with the following risk factors:
- Sensitive teeth or gums
- Gum disease
- Allergies, especially to peroxide, an ingredient commonly used as a whitening agent
- Receding gums
- If you are pregnant or lactating
- If you are under the age of 16
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is the fastest and most effective way to whiten your teeth. This method can lighten teeth up to 8 times more than an at-home toothpastes or whitening strips. In-office whitening comes most highly recommended for heavy stains due to aging, tobacco use, or prolonged consumption of foods that cause more staining (such as coffee, red wine, and soda).
During the in-office whitening, a peroxide gel is applied to the teeth’s surface for one or more intervals of 15-30 minutes and may be enhanced using a light or laser that strengthens the bleaching process. For extreme stains, several bleaching appointments may be recommended.
While at-home whitening may initially be more cost effective, professional teeth whitening ensures your complete safety and will be closely supervised by the dentists at TruBlu Dentistry. In-office whitening produces noticeable results after only one application and lasts longer than over-the-counter methods.
Schedule a consultation with our office in Burbank, IL or Chicago, IL today to find out which teeth whitening method is right for you!