Let’s face it, over time our pearly whites aren’t so white anymore. But giving your teeth back some of that bright white is easy—both at home or in an office.
If you are looking for instant results, a professional whitening treatment is ideal. It involves a maximum concentration of hydrogen peroxide under a high intensity light. This is the preferred method of teeth whitening because even though strong agents are applied, the rest of the mouth, like the gums, are prevented from the materials. The enamel is protected from damage, and results can be seen after a single visit. Within an hour, teeth can brighten up to ten shades. However, in-office whitening only affects the front eight teeth, so it can be used as a great beginning point for take-home whitening methods.
Home teeth whitening systems are also available, and very easy to use. Many over-the-counter teeth whitening kits can be purchased without supervision from a dentist. Some of these products include whitening strips, paint-on-tooth gels, mouth trays with gel, whitening toothpaste, and even whitening gum.