There is an old saying that there is only one chance to make a first impression and there is truth in that. One of the ways you can make a first impression is with a charming smile. If genetics (for some of us it just doesn’t matter how much you brush or floss!) or a coffee habit has left you with a smile that doesn’t meet your own satisfaction, you may be interested in teeth whitening. While there are plenty of over the counter, at-home teeth whitening aids, the best method is often under the supervision and care of a dental professional. Dentists specialising in teeth whitening in Chermside offer a variety of solutions, both in-office and monitoring at home treatments, to help give you the whiter smile you are seeking.
In Office Teeth Whitening Treatments
There are a few procedures that can be done in the office. These have the benefits of being faster and requiring a smaller amount of visits, but some dentists believe that these treatments can be harsher on your teeth, preferring the more gradual at home treatments. Here are some of the common in-office treatments.
- The fastest and most effective method used by dentists is a one-hour treatment with a special, high-powered whitening gel. The whitening agent in most procedures is hydrogen peroxide. This treatment uses a gel that is 25% hydrogen peroxide. This amount requires some protection for the gums and must be applied by a professional dentist. In addition, a regular teeth cleaning may be necessary before this procedure can be undertaken. This particular treatment is very effective and has been known to whiten teeth up to twelve shades.
- Another gel treatment can be used, also taking about an hour. However, this gel has about 16% hydrogen peroxide, making it a little less potent. Only dental clinics can perform this treatment, yet, it doesn’t have to be a dentist who applies the gel itself. This can whiten your teeth between five and seven shades in a one-hour treatment.
- The third in-office treatment is a laser treatment, often referred to as an “instant teeth whitening” treatment. The process involves applying a bleach solution to each tooth, with up to 40% concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Then heat from a laser is applied to the tooth to effect rapid and dramatic change. This is the most expensive option for teeth whitening and can only be performed by dentists. Some have concerns about damage to tooth enamel and sensitivity, although precautions are taken to prevent any side effects from this treatment.
At Home Supervised Teeth Whitening Treatments
Some dentists opt for a more gradual and gentle treatment recommended for use in the house. It is a step up from over the counter products because it offers a dental-strength whitening gel and a dental clinic supervises the creation of custom trays. This option tends to be the most cost-effective and certainly qualifies as the gentlest option. It also has the benefit of giving you access to reusable trays for future whitening treatments. The process can last between 10 and 14 days and can be repeated, as needed, every six to 12 months. It allows you to enjoy the time-consuming process of teeth whitening from the comfort of your home, rather than in the dentist’s chair.
There are plenty of options for teeth whitening in Chermside and selecting the right one for you can give you the whiter smile you seek.