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Ellerslie Dental: Five Types of Teeth Whitening Methods

The natural color of our teeth is a shade of white, and we should try our best to preserve it. However, certain habits can stain our enamel and take away our pearly white teeth. No amount of brushing can help you get that white teeth back, but there are certain tricks up your dentist’s sleeve in the form of teeth whitening methods to help you get your white teeth back. So here are the different types of teeth whitening procedures listed by your trusted Ellerslie dental specialists.

  1. Standard Teeth Whitening Trays

Standard whitening trays can be bought from a local medical store. These trays are lined with a special type of bleaching gel which helps brighten the color of your teeth. Often these trays are supposed to be worn for an hour every day, for a few days, to get good results. The drawback of these trays is that they come in one size and may not fit properly on your teeth. If the fitting is not right, there is a chance of the gel entering your gums, which would cause irritation.

  1. Customized Teeth Whitening Trays

Customized whitening trays are similar to standard whitening trays. However, they are custom made by your dentist to fit perfectly on your teeth. As these trays are customized as per your teeth with a high concentration of peroxide, they are safer to use and give a better result compared to market brought trays. The usage is simple. Your dentist will make these trays and provide you with them. All you need to do is take them home and wear it regularly as per the dentist’s instruction.

  1. Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips are another over-the-counter measure used to whiten teeth. These whitening strips are laced with a small quantity of peroxide gel. To whiten your teeth, all you need to do is apply the strips on your teeth twice a day for 30 minutes. This process needs to continue for a duration of about two weeks to achieve the desired results. These results last for about three to four months.

  1. Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Using teeth whitening toothpaste is a slow and gradual method of whitening your teeth. This over-the-counter product takes months to show results. Like any other toothpaste, teeth whitening toothpaste consists of abrasives. However, these abrasives have a special polishing agent which aids teeth whitening. Teeth whitening toothpaste does not bleach the teeth but removes the stained surface instead. Hence, the process is a long one.

  1. In-office Teeth Whitening

In-office whitening process refers to the advanced teeth whitening procedure performed by a dentist. It is one of the most effective types of teeth whitening process. A dentist uses a high concentration of peroxide formula with their precision expertise to get optimum results. Some dentists also make use of laser whitening technique to enhance the effect of the bleaching agent.  We do warn patients that even though very effective, there is a concern with tooth sensitivity.  If you have had this procedure and have sensitive teeth, call us today.

There are different methods of teeth whitening available for you to choose from. But remember, over-the-counter methods, though effective, do not have a long-lasting effect. So, for a long-lasting shiny white smile visit your Ellerslie dental specialist today.

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