There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office. During an appointment, your dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes and you will be able to see results immediately.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one type of readily accessible whitening products is commonly referred to as a “paint-on” teeth whitener. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth-whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with a dental professional before use.
Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
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The Sapphire professional teeth whitening system is a safe, gentle, and effective way to whiten teeth and achieve that bright, healthy, youthful–looking smile you've always wanted. Sapphire whitening can make your smile over seven shades brighter in one office visit!
If you're wondering, how you can improve the look and feel of your smile, be sure to ask your dentist about Sapphire teeth whitening during your next office visit.
What causes tooth discoloration?
Tooth discoloration can be caused by genetics and aging, as well as from certain types of medication, smoking, certain foods and beverages, poor oral hygiene, or a combination of several things.
My teeth are not as white as I'd like them to be. Am I a good candidate for a teeth whitening procedure?
If you're interested in having a brighter, whiter smile, talk to your doctor during your next office visit to learn more about your options. The Sapphire whitening system is a great way to achieve a whiter smile, and your doctor can provide more information as well as answer any questions you may have.
I have sensitive teeth. Can I still have my teeth professionally whitened?
Sapphire whitening is designed for all patients, even those with sensitive teeth. The unique Sapphire whitening gel may actually help prevent tooth sensitivity. Talk your doctor to find out if the Sapphire tooth whitening is the right choice for you and your smile.
How long does it take to notice a difference in the color of my smile?
Sapphire provides one of the most efficient teeth whitening procedures available. In just 30 minutes, you will be able to start sharing your beautiful smile with your family, friends, and everybody that you meet.
How does the Sapphire whitening system work?
Sapphire is a revolutionary teeth whitening system that combines the powerful effects of the Sapphire Plasma Arc Light with a professional-grade teeth whitening gel. The combination of light and gel work together to give you a whiter, more stunning smile in less time than other forms of teeth whitening.
If you're interested in learning more about the Sapphire teeth whitening system, and how a brighter, whiter smile can change your life, then please contact our practice to schedule an appointment today.