Most of us feel more confident with whiter teeth, knowing that stains can be a sign of poor oral health. As a result, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures worldwide, and there are several at-home whitening products available on the market. Let’s take a look at some of the most common whitening methods.
Teeth whitening toothpastes
Using some whitening toothpastes is a good way to gently whiten your teeth, day after day.
Home whitening kits
These are over-the-counter gels that contain peroxide-based bleaching agents. They provide an affordable alternative to professional teeth whitening procedures. You need to make sure the dental tray fits your mouth properly, as the bleaching gel may leak and irritate your gums. If you’re unsure, consult your dentist – they will be able to make a custom tray for you to avoid damage.
Professional teeth whitening (chairside bleaching)
Compared to over-the-counter products, professional teeth whitening procedures contain a higher dose of bleaching agents and therefore produce more dramatic results. Your dentist will assess your overall oral health, remove any tartar build-up and then apply a substance that will protect the gums from damage during the treatment. Depending on the severity of the stains, you may need up to three appointments to finish the procedure.
Once you’ve undergone a whitening treatment, you’ll need to carry on your regular daily brushing, flossing and rinsing as usual to maintain good oral health. Speak to your dentist if you start experiencing tooth sensitivity and gum irritation, and give yourself a break – remember that your oral health comes first.